Don’t Cry, It’s Only Thunder (1982)

Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder

A young medic (Dennis Christopher) during the Vietnam War becomes involved with an off-base home for Vietnamese orphans, and enlists the help of a female doctor (Susan Saint James).


Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this little-seen film — a “sensitive look at a different side of the Vietnam War” — has some genuine charm, as well as an admirable theme (“Real heroes are those who make commitments to help people whose problems make their own seem insignificant”). Unfortunately, the script (based on a true story) is overly schmaltzy, and Christopher’s character arc from “self-centered medic” to responsible, “noble hero” is too predictable. Ultimately, this is an unusual, but not entirely successful, entry in the growing genre of Vietnam War flicks.

Redeeming Qualities:

  • A refreshing look at Americans and Vietnamese interacting humanely during the war

Must See?
No, though it’s worth checking out if you can find a copy.


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