Excellent cast performs well, but not well enough and Paul Schrader’s story is strong, but not strong enough. In sum, it neither rolls nor thunders.
With co-scripter Heywood Gould, Schrader follows an embittered loner to a bloody conclusion. After eight years of torture as a prisoner of war, William Devane returns to a grateful San Antonio where he receives a hero’s welcome, except at home where wife Lisa Richards has fallen in love with his friend Lawrason Driscoll.
But neither the good nor the ill has much impact on Devane, who left all emotion behind in the prison camp. And even though he has a hard time animating a wooden character, Devane succeeds in making the first half of the picture the best, creating a believable reflection of the difficult adjustments of real POWs.