Distant Thunder


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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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…

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

Mar 19, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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

Jul 25, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

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