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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Anderson
Katherine Cross
Moses Drapper
James Whitmore Jr. ...
Major Flaherty
Sister Marie
Sister Hoa (as Tu Thuy)
Travis Swords ...
Allen Atkins
Mai Thi Lien ...
Truong Minh Hai ...
Ken Metcalfe ...
Captain Morris
Marie Ashton ...
Peggy Dean
Robert Howland ...
Bugsy Bodell
Paul G. Hensler ...
Dr. Goldman
Wynne Wicker ...
Immigration Woman (as Wynne Dieppe)


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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Brian, soldado de primera clase  »

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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
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Touching... VERY touching!
9 February 1999 | by (Orange County, California) – See all my reviews

This movie is perhaps the most touching movie that I have ever seen. The first time I saw it was while serving in the military. Everyone was literally glued to the TV as they watched. I don't think there was a dry eye in the barracks at the end (but nobody would admit it!)

The power of the movie came from several strong plots that ran simultaneously... It was a love story, a war story, a story of suffering and a story of triumph. You can see, and feel the change as a loner, who cared only for himself, learns to care about, and love others... even to the point of risking his life for the orphans and nuns that he once viewed as irritants. I strongly recommend this movie.

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