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Distant Thunder (1988)

R | | Drama | 11 November 1988 (USA)
A troubled Vietnam war vet deserts his wife and child shortly after he returns from the war. He returns after 10 years, where he's been living like an animal in the forest. He finds himself... See full summary »

Director:

Rick Rosenthal

Writers:

Robert Stitzel (story), Deedee Wehle (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Jack Lambert
John Lithgow ... Mark Lambert
Kerrie Keane ... Char
Reb Brown ... Harvey Nitz
Janet Margolin ... Barbara Lambert
Denis Arndt ... Larry
Jamey Sheridan ... Moss
Tom Bower ... Louis
John Kelly John Kelly ... Andy
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Coach Swabey
Hilary Strang Hilary Strang ... Jane
Robyn Stevan Robyn Stevan ... Holly
David Longworth ... Sheriff
Gordon Currie ... Billy Watson
Walter Marsh ... Principal
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Storyline

A troubled Vietnam war vet deserts his wife and child shortly after he returns from the war. He returns after 10 years, where he's been living like an animal in the forest. He finds himself unprepared for the changes that he will have to cope with, and when the vet tries to contact his son, he realizes that he has caused more damage than he had imagined. Written by Brennan Storr

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Taglines:

A hero of war. A casualty of peace, With only one hope for survival...his son. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Distant Thunder - The last echoes of war See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$156,188
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

John Lithgow's character (Mark Lambert) was a Navy SEAL during his service in Vietnam. See more »

Goofs

The 1966 Pontiac used in the film is not a real GTO. The taillights are single pod lenses making this either a Tempest or LeMans - a real GTO has segmented taillights which spans the rear header panel with a 12 inch blank center section. Also, a real GTO has the grille emblem in the driver side grille opening (same with the final 2004-06 generation) - the emblem is on the passenger side grille (the final muscle-era GTO produced for the 1974 model year has a vinyl graphic GTO logo placed on the passenger-side header panel). See more »

Quotes

Jack Lambert: I'm not going to waste all of your time so I'm just going a few words. Like all of you, I would like to move on in life. Thank you.
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Soundtracks

Too Far Too Fast
By Paul Chiten & Michael Des Barres (as Michael DesBarres)
Performed by The Heat
Courtesy of Sam Riddle Productions
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Too good to be overlooked!
1 July 2001 | by cocaine_rodeoSee all my reviews

This movie was really good, and yet nobody has ever heard of it. John Lithgow gave a great performance as a disturbed bush-vet, and Ralph Macchio also gave an exceptional performance as his son. At first I thought that this was going to be stupid because Lithgow wouldn't be able to pull off a dramatic roll, since he is so funny in 3rd Rock, but I was proven wrong! He did a great job. The only problem I had was the stories of why the other two bush-vets were there, it barley explained Harvey and it didn't explain Mark's other "Amigo" (if you haven't seen it, that's what they call each-other); other than that, it was great!

It's ashame that Lithgow's next movies were him playing a snooty British accent (thank God he found 3rd Rock!). 8/10


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