“Because it’s very hard to shoot yourself while you’re cleaning it.” – Zack
Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Cable in the 80’s, 14 Feb 2011 and 2 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – An Army mater Sergeant gets in trouble with the local law near his new base and must try and save his son from the wrath of a sadistic sheriff.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing numerous times on cable as a kid and always enjoyed it despite the fact that it is filled with lots of plot holes.
It’s an enjoyable film and that has much to do with the fact that James garner does a great job in the lead role.
he is able to help keep the storyline on track throughout the film even though there are numerous attempts along the way to deviate from the main storyline.
It isn’t that surprising that this film tries to show how even in the 80’s, there were places in the states still being run by corrupt law officers who would do all they can to keep their citizens and visitors in line.
GD Spradlin is great as the sadistic Sheriff and was one of the main actors of the time who helped personify such kinds of roles.
C. Thomas Howell is fun to see here in a small yet significant role but this is clearly a film that tries to show the face off between Garner and Spradlin’s characters between right and wrong.
Bottom Line – Enjoyable film that works well even though it has numerous plot holes. garner is great in the lead role and that helps keep the storyline stay on track despite lots of potential for deviations. The way that this film shows that even in the 1980’s, certain counties in the states were still being run by sadistic law officers is not much of a surprise. Spradlin is great in that role and is one of the personifications of that kind of role in movies from the 80’s. Howell is fine in one of his earlier roles, but this is basically a showdown between Garner and Spradlin who are both wonderful here even if it’s not 100% realistic.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – “Tank” was originally rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America. However, a successful appeal was made which re-issued the motion picture with a PG rating instead. The film’s 1983 release predated the PG-13 rating, for which this picture would’ve likely been rated had it existed when “Tank” was first released. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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