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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 ... 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,186, 13 November 1988

Gross USA:

$156,188

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

Mark Lambert: I'm not fucking with you.
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Wake The Town And Tell The People
By Jerry Livingston & Sammy Gallop
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Buried Treasure!
8 November 2005 | by gulshan-1See all my reviews

Now this is a brilliant saga of a father-son rivalry in an emotional and atmospheric drama set within the backdrops of the post-Vietnam war. I remember watching this film during the year when it was just out and for some reason it couldn't let go off my mind. John Lithgow and Ralph Macchio plays two opposite characters of a disturbed father and a lost son relationship which blends to an utmost perfect chemistry and with the slick and tight direction of Rick Rosenthal,(I wonder why is he doing only materials for TV nowdays) the film delivers some outstanding cinematography and manages to grip you until the powerful climax. Even though you are not fond of humanity dramas, this movie would still please you as you watch John Lithgow's Oscar-caliber performance and the message of Peace implicitly.I enjoyed it on the whole and I am glad its out on DVD!


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