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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Lambert
... Mark Lambert
... Char
... Harvey Nitz
... Barbara Lambert
... Larry
... Moss
... Louis
John Kelly ... Andy
Michael Currie ... Coach Swabey
Hilary Strang ... Jane
Robyn Stevan ... Holly
... Sheriff
... Billy Watson
... Principal
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Storyline

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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The last echoes of war. 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 USA:

$156,188
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Trivia

John Lithgow's character was a Navy SEAL during his service in Vietnam. See more »

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

Jack Lambert: I'm not going to waste all of your time so I'm just going a few words. Like all of you, I would like to move on in life. Thank you.
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Soundtracks

Distant Thunder
By Bill Thumm & R.D. 'Luther' Fairbairn (as R.D. Fairbairn)
Performed by Keith Bennett
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Wonderful!
12 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie several years ago, really late at night, on cable TV. I enjoyed the movie greatly, but, over time, forgot the name of the movie. It took me until today, after years of searching, to find the movie. Now I am off to Amazon to see if I can buy it.

The movie is great in regards to the subject, a Vietnam vet. Too many are forgotten, and many returned changed forever, such as the main Character, played by John Lithgow. He does give an excellent performance, and should have had some recognition for it. Find this movie, and enjoy it!


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