|Directed by||Rick Rosenthal|
|Produced by||Robert Schaffel|
|Written by||Robert Stitzel|
|Music by||Maurice Jarre|
|Cinematography||Ralf D. Bode|
|Edited by||Dennis Virkler|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
The film tells the story of a troubled ex-Navy SEAL and 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 posttraumatic 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.
- John Lithgow as Mark Lambert
- Ralph Macchio as Jack Lambert
- Kerrie Keane as Char
- Reb Brown as Harvey Nitz
- Janet Margolin as Barbara Lambert
- Denis Arndt as Larry
- Jamey Sheridan as Moss
- Tom Bower as Louis
- John Kelly as Andy
- Michael Currie as Coach Swabey
- Hilary Strang as Jane
- Robyn Stevan as Holly
- David Longworth as Sheriff
- Gordon Currie as Billy Watson
- Walter Marsh as Principal
- Allan Lysell as Buddy
- Kate Robbins as Waitress
- David Glyn-Jones as Waiter
- Denalda Williams as Jeanette
The film received mixed reviews from 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."
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- Maslin, Janet (1988-11-11). "Movie Review - Distant Thunder - Review/Film; Reunion of Veteran and Son - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
- "Distant Thunder - Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. 1988-11-11. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
- Klady, Leonard (1989-01-08). "Box Office Champs, Chumps : The hero of the bottom line was the 46-year-old 'Bambi' - Page 2 - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-06-26.
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