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Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder (1982)

PG | | Drama, War | 5 November 1982 (USA)
During the Vietnam War, Brian Anderson (Dennis Christopher), a young Army medic, is stationed in Saigon. Initially apathetic and self-serving, he eventually has his heart won over by the ... See full summary »


Peter Werner


Paul G. Hensler


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Christopher ... Brian Anderson
Susan Saint James ... Katherine Cross
Roger Aaron Brown ... Moses Drapper
Robert Englund ... Tripper
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Major Flaherty
Lisa Lu ... Sister Marie
Shere Thu Thuy Shere Thu Thuy ... Sister Hoa (as Tu Thuy)
Travis Swords Travis Swords ... Allen Atkins
Mai Thi Lien Mai Thi Lien ... Anh
Truong Minh Hai Truong Minh Hai ... Duc
Ken Metcalfe ... Captain Morris
Marie Ashton Marie Ashton ... Peggy Dean
Robert Howland Robert Howland ... Bugsy Bodell
Paul G. Hensler Paul G. Hensler ... Dr. Goldman
Wynne Wicker Wynne Wicker ... Immigration Woman (as Wynne Dieppe)


During the Vietnam War, Brian Anderson (Dennis Christopher), a young Army medic, is stationed in Saigon. Initially apathetic and self-serving, he eventually has his heart won over by the children at a nearby orphanage where he does volunteer work. At first, a doctor named Katherine Cross (Susan Saint James) has to persuade him to help the children. But soon, Brian willingly puts his career and safety on the line to provide the orphans with the food and medical supplies they need. Written by Helio Guzman

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In a time without heroes and a place without hope a man found a reason to survive.


Drama | War


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Release Date:

5 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brian, soldado de primera clase See more »

Filming Locations:

Metro Manila, Philippines

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Sanrio Communications See more »
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When Brian and Arnh go to see the lady at the adoption bureau, he asks Arnh to go and wait in the jeep, but he calls her Ann. This happened a few times in the movie where people referred to her as 'Ann' not 'Arnh' See more »


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Music by Maurice Jarre
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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4 March 1999 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I read that this movie did so poorly in its first regional release, the filmmakers withdrew it and decided not to make any more movies (!) Which is a real shame, because it's a very good movie. Christopher gives an excellent performance as a soldier who may not be physically strong, but is strong in spirit. This and BREAKING AWAY show what a great actor he is, and it's a real shame that he's never gotten such a meaty role since.

A lot of the movie is fairly predictable (hero doesn't want to help at first, softens bit by bit, etc.), but it's believably done. The ending is a little sad, but also filled with the knowlege that the hero has triumped in a way.

You better go and rent it now - it's only been issued on video once in the early 80s, and the remaining copies are disappearing from video stores...

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