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Distant Thunder1988

Distant Thunder (1988)




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Discharged from Vietnam, John Lithgow and his army buddies have trouble fitting into a hostile home-front society. Rather than endure dirty looks and taunts of "baby killer," Lithgow and his friends wander aimlessly all through the Pacific Northwest. Several years pass, during which time Lithgow's estranged son Ralph Maccio grows to manhood. Finally emerging from his self-imposed exile, Lithgow begins searching for the son he's never known.

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John Lithgow
as Mark Lambert
Ralph Macchio
as Jack Lambert
Reb Brown
as Harvey Nitz
Janet Margolin
as Barbara Lambert
Tom Bower
as Louis
Michael Currie
as Coach Swabey
Gordon Currie
as Billy Watson
Walter Marsh
as Principal
Kate Robbins
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Distant Thunder

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

This is a movie of great subtlety and strength, marred by the mechanical way in which the last act is played.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to fault a story so poignant and still so relevant. But this tale of lost souls deserved exactly the right setting, one that could have provided the intimacy needed to illustrate a sad, yet hopeful, message.

August 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Cliched film about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but with surprisingly strong performances by Lithgow and Macchio.

March 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Lithgow's raw performance helps to counteract the run-of-the-mill plot.

July 25, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

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