A single image: George C. Scott's haunting, sustained rictus grin as he rides into the night on a stolen dirt bike - no hope, no future, no son.
George C. Scott both stars in and directs this tale of revenge and does a pretty good job at both. The first half builds slowly as the army attempts to cover up a nerve gas leak that leaves Scott infected and his son dead. When he finally finds out the truth he goes on an explosive quest for payback. Scott does the angry, vengeful father bit to perfection, embodying the films title in his fiery performance. Richard Basehart makes the…