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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 »

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Cast

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Jack Lambert
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Mark Lambert
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Char
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Harvey Nitz
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Barbara Lambert
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Larry
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Moss
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Coach Swabey
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Jane
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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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A hero of war. A casualty of peace, With only one hope for survival...his son. See more »

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11 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Distant Thunder - The last echoes of war  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$156,188 (USA)
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1.78 : 1
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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 wrote a letter, didn't I?
Jack Lambert: 15 years and one god damn letter? Fuck you!
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Wake The Town And Tell The People
By Jerry Livingston & Sammy Gallop
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Well done.
9 June 2000 | by (Birmingham, Alabama) – See all my reviews

Distant Thunder is an overlooked but impressive film. John Lithgow gives an oscar worthy performance and the cinematographty gives the film a haunting atmosphere. This film, along with John Frakenhimer's Black Sunday, is an excellent look at Vietnam vets that has, unfourtaneatley, been overlooked.


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