GenreDrama Music directorMaurice Jarre LanguageEnglish
WriterRobert Stitzel, Deedee Wehle Release dateNovember 11, 1988 (1988-11-11) CastRalph Macchio (Jack Lambert), John Lithgow (Mark Lambert), Reb Brown (Harvey Nitz), Kerrie Keane (Char) Similar moviesForrest Gump, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, The Hours, Full Metal Jacket, Youth, Looper
TaglineA hero of war. A casualty of peace, With only one hope for survival...his son.
Distant thunder 1988 trailer
Distant Thunder is a 1988 American drama film directed by Rick Rosenthal and starring John Lithgow and Ralph Macchio.
The film tells the story of troubled Vietnam war veteran Mark Lambert (John Lithgow), who, upon returning home from the war, alienates his wife and child by deserting them and moving away into the remote wilderness of Washington state.
After 10 years of living off the land and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, Mark Lambert decides to rejoin civilized society and find his now teenage son, who is living in Illinois. As an estranged father and recluse, Mark Lambert quickly finds himself unprepared for the changes that he must face.
Ralph Macchio as Jack Lambert
John Lithgow as Mark Lambert
Kerrie Keane as Char
Reb Brown as Harvey Nitz
Janet Margolin as Barbara Lambert
This film was well received by movie critics. Roger Ebert commenting on this film said "Lithgow's performance is at the heart of the movie, and at the heart of his work is the way he smokes a cigarette or avoids looking anyone in the eye."