Distant Thunder

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Released 1988

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Director:
Rick Rosenthal
Released:
1988
Rating:
R
Distant Thunder is a 1988 film that illustrates the tragic psychological effects of war. The film was written by Robert Stitzel and Deedee Wehle and directed by Rick Rosenthal. John Lithgow (Footloose, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Shrek) stars, as does Ralph Macchio (Karate Kid, The Outsiders) and Kerrie Kean (Obsessed). Life is not the same for Mark Lambert (John Lithgow) when he returns home from the Vietnam war. As he struggles to adjust to his new environment and overcome recurring memories of friends lost in battle, he distances himself from his wife (Kerrie Kean) and his son (Ralph Macchio). Things change drastically when Mark decides to live as a deserted nomad in the wilderness of Washington. It takes him ten years to overcome crippling waves of post-traumatic stress, which is when he decides to return home. But he has missed out on some of his son's most precious moments and years. And after ten years of living in the wilderness, can Mark realistically tolerate civilized society once again?moreless
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