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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 »

Director:

Rick Rosenthal

Writers:

Robert Stitzel (story), Deedee Wehle (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Macchio ... Jack Lambert
John Lithgow ... Mark Lambert
Kerrie Keane ... Char
Reb Brown ... Harvey Nitz
Janet Margolin ... Barbara Lambert
Denis Arndt ... Larry
Jamey Sheridan ... Moss
Tom Bower ... Louis
John Kelly John Kelly ... Andy
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Coach Swabey
Hilary Strang Hilary Strang ... Jane
Robyn Stevan Robyn Stevan ... Holly
David Longworth ... Sheriff
Gordon Currie ... Billy Watson
Walter Marsh ... 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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Taglines:

A hero of war. A casualty of peace, With only one hope for survival...his son. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Distant Thunder - The last echoes of war See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$156,188
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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: This is what they do. Kill their selves by walking into trains?
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Too Far Too Fast
By Paul Chiten & Michael Des Barres (as Michael DesBarres)
Performed by The Heat
Courtesy of Sam Riddle Productions
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" Many a Viet-Nam Vet, left a piece of his soul there, but some return to Kiss a train "
14 December 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

From the dark misty jungles of Viet-Nam comes this true life story written by Robert Stitzel and directed by Rick Rosenthal. It concerns Mark Lambert, (John Lithglow) a Viet-Nam Vet who returned from the war with more black memories than he could handle. Upon his return to the states, he realizes he cannot deal with his home life and thus deserts his wife and infant child. While living in the wooded highland of his state, he and several other veterans, (Reb Brown) exist day to day with their nightmarish memories in hopes of understanding them. During the same time, life continues and with it Jack (Ralph Macchio) his eighteen-year-old son who decides to locate his father. With the help of a friend Char (Kerrie Keane) the two meet and thus begins the search for who they once were. The film is brutal with explosive emotions and pent-up rage from both Father and Son who expect much, but realize time has become both an an enemy and an ally. Lithglow, gives a fabulous performance and Macchio holds his own. Together, theirs becomes a memorable moment in film history. Easily recommended for those seeking a good understanding of the Viet-Nam era and the souls it devoured. ****


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