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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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4 March 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I read that this movie did so poorly in its first regional release, the filmmakers withdrew it and decided not to make any more movies (!) Which is a real shame, because it's a very good movie. Christopher gives an excellent performance as a soldier who may not be physically strong, but is strong in spirit. This and BREAKING AWAY show what a great actor he is, and it's a real shame that he's never gotten such a meaty role since.

A lot of the movie is fairly predictable (hero doesn't want to help at first, softens bit by bit, etc.), but it's believably done. The ending is a little sad, but also filled with the knowlege that the hero has triumped in a way.

You better go and rent it now - it's only been issued on video once in the early 80s, and the remaining copies are disappearing from video stores...

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