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Thunder (1983)

A native America named Thunder returns home only to find that his ancestral burial ground is being destroyed by construction workers. He tries to put a stop to it, but the law is not only ... See full summary »


Fabrizio De Angelis (as Larry Ludman)


Fabrizio De Angelis (screenplay) (as Larry Ludman), Dardano Sacchetti (screenplay) (as David Parker Jr.) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Bo Svenson ... Sheriff Bill Cook
Mark Gregory ... Thunder
Raimund Harmstorf ... Deputy Barry Henson (as Raymund Harmstorf)
Valeria Ross Valeria Ross ... Sheila
Giovanni Vettorazzo Giovanni Vettorazzo
Paolo Malco ... Brian Sherman
Bruno Corazzari ... Frank (as Richard Harley)
Antonio Sabato ... Thomas
Slim Smith Slim Smith
Nazzareno Zamperla Nazzareno Zamperla ... Thomas's Friend
Goffredo Unger ... Thomas's Friend
Ennio Brizzolari Ennio Brizzolari
Sergio Smacchi Sergio Smacchi
Michele Mirabella Michele Mirabella ... Dancing Crow


A native America named Thunder returns home only to find that his ancestral burial ground is being destroyed by construction workers. He tries to put a stop to it, but the law is not only not on his side, but he is banished from town, beaten up, and left for dead. Now he wants his revenge... Written by Aylmer <aylmer666@juno.com>

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They gave him hate, He gave them hell. See more »


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Release Date:

11 November 1983 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Thunder Warrior See more »

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2.35 : 1
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A young Indian exacts a strong vendetta against local authorities who harass his fellow tribe members
24 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A young Indian , lousily played by Mark Gregory, turns into a one army man when he is mistreated , as Thunder is determined to punish the local cops who are abusing his fellow tribe members .As a tough Native American is provoked to violence and then seeking a relentless vengeance . Mark is a young Indian called Thunder , he is a peaceful native whose quiet character is trigged by cutthroats , wrongful arrests, and injustices against his race . The Indian Thunder has vowed to live in peace and order but forswears the oath when his girlfriend is kidnapped and relatives are terrorized . Mark Gregory escapes into the Arizona mountains and leads his pursuers to all manner of lethal ends . Finally , an army of cops led by Bo Svenson , Raymond Harmstorf and other deputies are summoned to crush him .He is on the warpaths and he is gonna blow your town apart . They gave him hate , he gave them hell.

The picture deals with usual theme in Italian cinema of the 60s and 70s : a merciless vendetta . As revenge is the top priority , as the protagonist tormenting and reckoning the bad guys . Extremely violent and frequently confused, fueled on the revenge and no much concerned with the rules of plot realism . This is a rip-off to First Blood by Ted Kotcheff with Stallone that was followed by Rambo and sequels . Wooden acting by Mark Gregory as a two-fisted native American submitted to mistreats and prejudices, at the end he seeks vengance driving a caterpillar tractor against the nasties . He is accompanied by a motley group of secondaries as the American Bo Svenson , the German Raymond Harmstorf and a motley team of support cast who played a lot of genres in the sixties and seventies as Western , Peplum and Giallo, such as Paolo Malco , Nazzareno Zamperla , Bruno Corazzari, Goffredo Unger and Antonio Sábato. This Thunder had success in Italy , getting a boxoffice hit , being followed by 2 sequels also directed by Fabrizio de Angelis . As Thunder warrior II 1985 with Mark Gregory , Bo Svenson and Thunder warrior III 1988 with Mark Gregory , Ingrid Lawrence, John Philip Law , and Werner Pochath.

It contains spectacular outdoors photographed by Sergio Salvati , from Marble Canyon , Monumental Valley , Village of Oak Creek , Sedonia , and Navajo villages in Arizona . However , copy of the film is worn-out , being necessary a perfect remastering . Special mention for musical score , well composed by the prolific Francesco De Massi . The picture was regular , though professionally directed , by Fabrizio de Angelis who often used the pseudonym Larry Ludman . He has produced and directed a lot of B films of all kinds of genres , adventure , terror , and Wartime especially . As he has directed movies as Manhunt , Operation Nam , Deadly impact, Overthrow , being particularly known for the Karate Kimura series .

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