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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.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Stitzel, Deede Wehle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 7, 2004
Paramount Home Video


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 (11) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

March 19, 2003

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