Rage (1972 film)
|Directed by||George C. Scott|
|Produced by||Fred Weintraub|
|Written by||Philip Friedman
|Starring||George C. Scott
|Music by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Cinematography||Fred J. Koenekamp|
|Edited by||Michael Kahn|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 22, 1972 U.S. release|
|Running time||100 minutes|
Rage is a 1972 film starring George C. Scott, Richard Basehart, Martin Sheen and Barnard Hughes. Scott also directed this drama about a sheep rancher who is fatally exposed to a military lab's poison gas.
While on a camping trip, sheep rancher Dan Logan (Scott) and his son are inadvertently exposed to a secret Army nerve gas from a plane passing overhead. Both end up in a military hospital where they are kept apart, unable to contact outsiders and lied to about their condition by a mysterious major (Sheen) who looks at the incident as little more than an opportunity to study the effectiveness of a nerve gas on humans.
Logan tries to hold someone accountable for their actions, but he and his family physician (Basehart) are stone-walled from every angle by military authorities and by bureaucrats staging a cover up -- with those responsible already well insulated by their positions of power.
After he discovers that his young boy has died, Logan goes on a terrorism spree against the company responsible for manufacturing the lethal poison before it also kills him.
- George C. Scott as Dan Logan
- Richard Basehart as Dr. Caldwell
- Martin Sheen as Major Holliford
- Barnard Hughes as Dr. Spencer
- The plot was based on a historical event, the Dugway sheep incident, in which a jet accidentally sprayed VX, a lethal nerve gas, in Utah's Skull Valley, resulting in the deaths of 3,000-6,000 sheep.