If you ever watched William Devane on reruns of Knots Landing ... um, like I never did ... you know he's an actor who can elevate even the craziest material. But did you know Devane could be a badass? For proof, check out 1977's Rolling Thunder, never released on VHS or DVD in the U.S. and now screening a rare print at Cinema Overdrive. A favorite of Quentin Tarantino, who named his vintage-film distribution company after it, the film stars Devane as a Vietnam vet who loses his hand in a very nasty manner and distributes some hardcore vengeance. Co-written by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), the film appalled 20th Century Fox executives so much that they dumped it to American International Pictures, who in turn saw audiences try to physically attack them after the sneak preview performance. If you don't want to see this film after reading all this, then there is no hope for you.
Of course, there'll be Cinema Overdrive's usual classic trailers and art prints for sale, all for a mere $5 admission. Show starts at 8 p.m.—Zack Smith