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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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Coach Swabey
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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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$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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Soundtracks

Bad Moon Rising
Written by John Fogerty (as John C. Fogerty)
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Courtesy of Fantasy, Inc.
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Good acting, bad film
2 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

The one scene that really impressed me was the point where John Lithgow's character does postal on a guy with a knife at a bar. It was many years ago since I've seen this film. I still remember that scene. The instant rage in Lithgow, the fear he had of his own actions, and how freakin big he really is. JL never really seemed like an imposing guy to me till then. Good dramatic actor, would like to see more...


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