Taglines: The last echoes of war.
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.
Distant Thunder is a 1988 American drama film directed by Rick Rosenthal and starring John Lithgow, Ralph Macchio, Kerrie Keane, Reb Brown, Janet Margolin, Denis Arndt, Jamey Sheridan and Michael Currie.
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.”
Distant Thunder (1988)
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
Starring: John Lithgow, Ralph Macchio, Kerrie Keane, Reb Brown, Janet Margolin, Denis Arndt, Jamey Sheridan, Michael Currie
Screenplay by: Rick Rosenthal
Cinematography by: Ralf D. Bode
Film Editing by: Dennis Virkler
Costume Design by: Tish Monaghan
Set Decoration by: Rose Marie McSherry
Art Direction by: Mark S. Freeborn
Music by: Maurice Jarre
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: November 11, 1988