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Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder (1982)

PG | | Drama | November 1982 (USA)
An Army medic working in a mortuary in Saigon becomes emotionally involved with a group of Vietnamese orphans. A sensitive tale of love and dedication during wartime.

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Brian Anderson
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Katherine Cross
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Moses Drapper
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Tripper
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Major Flaherty
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Sister Marie
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Sister Hoa (as Tu Thuy)
Travis Swords ...
Allen Atkins
Mai Thi Lien ...
Anh
Truong Minh Hai ...
Duc
Ken Metcalfe ...
Captain Morris
Marie Ashton ...
Peggy Dean
Robert Howland ...
Bugsy Bodell
Paul G. Hensler ...
Dr. Goldman
Wynne Wicker ...
Immigration Woman (as Wynne Dieppe)
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An Army medic working in a mortuary in Saigon becomes emotionally involved with a group of Vietnamese orphans. A sensitive tale of love and dedication during wartime.

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In a time without heroes and a place without hope a man found a reason to survive.

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About 38 minutes in, in the scene where Katherine Cross is clearing the plates off the table to examine the baby, you can see the boom mic in the top left hand corner. In the same scene where the nun is talking to Brian, you can also see the boom mic at the top of the shot. See more »

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Music by Maurice Jarre
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Movie is eerily similar to my own experience in Viet Nam
16 December 2006 | by (Sioux City, Iowa) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film I about fell out of my chair. Of all the films on Viet Nam, this one is the closest to my own experience during the war...I was trained as a medic, I was stationed near Tan Son Nhut, my unit was the same as the shoulder patch in the movie (USARV), and I worked closely with the orphanages in the Saigon area. The film was very accurate in costuming, the military lingo of the time, the depiction of the out-of-control black market, the lack of government support for the orphanages, the delayed booby trap of the hand grenade in the gas tank, and so on. I now have two copies of this film and there were about nine copies available on amazon.com the last time I checked. Only an independent co-production could have made such an accurate and controversial depiction of the rear area support environment of wartime Viet Nam. I know very few people, including Vietnam vets, who have seen this movie. The Philippines is an ideal place to shoot a Viet Nam film just as was Apocaplyse Now.


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