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Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder (1982)

PG | | Drama | November 1982 (USA)
During the Vietnam War, Brian Anderson (Dennis Christopher), a young Army medic, is stationed in Saigon. Initially apathetic and self-serving, he eventually has his heart won over by the ... See full summary »





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


During the Vietnam War, Brian Anderson (Dennis Christopher), a young Army medic, is stationed in Saigon. Initially apathetic and self-serving, he eventually has his heart won over by the children at a nearby orphanage where he does volunteer work. At first, a doctor named Katherine Cross (Susan Saint James) has to persuade him to help the children. But soon, Brian willingly puts his career and safety on the line to provide the orphans with the food and medical supplies they need. Written by Helio Guzman

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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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November 1982 (USA)  »

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Brian, soldado de primera clase  »

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When Brian and Arnh go to see the lady at the adoption bureau, he asks Arnh to go and wait in the jeep, but he calls her Ann. This happened a few times in the movie where people referred to her as 'Ann' not 'Arnh' See more »


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Music by Maurice Jarre
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Movie is eerily similar to my own experience in Viet Nam
16 December 2006 | by 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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