Blue Thunder (1983)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

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  • Roy Scheider in Blue Thunder (1983)
  • Malcolm McDowell in Blue Thunder (1983)
  • Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern in Blue Thunder (1983)
  • Candy Clark and James Murtaugh in Blue Thunder (1983)
  • David Sheiner in Blue Thunder (1983)
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8 June 1999 | LuvsFood
Great Action
Always liked this one. Well written and acted, with excellent aerial action sequences. It's a shame this was Warren Oate's last role - he was magnificent. Other reviewers made a valid point about this film presaging the use of military hardware against civilians. We already use airplanes to catch speeders on the ground - doesn't the aviation fuel cost more than the amount of revenue taken in through summonses?

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Malcolm McDowell actually hated flying and no one, not even his wife, could persuade him to overcome his phobia. During the final battle scene between his character Cochrane and 'Roy Scheider (I)''s Frank Murphy, McDowell's grimaces were caught on film for all to see, clearly displaying his discomfort at being in the air. When his wife saw the movie, she was incredulous and asked the filmmakers, 'How did you get him inside that little helicopter? I couldn't even get him inside a plane!'


Sgt. Short: This ship is equipped with a forward-mounted, twenty-millimeter electric cannon. Its six barrels are capable of firing four thousand rounds of ammunition per minute. And that, gentlemen, is one hell of a shit-storm in anybody's language!


The frame is reversed during a brief overhead shot when second police car approaches the drive-in theatre; traffic is shown keeping left, and the cruiser passes a light-colored vehicle on its right, but in the striped median.

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Alternate Versions

ABC edited 14 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere.


Theme From Blue Thunder (Dance Version)
Written by
Arthur B. Rubinstein (as Arthur Rubinstein)
Performed by Arthur B. Rubinstein, Cynthia Morrow, Brian Banks and Anthony Marinelli (as the Beepers)
Produced by Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks
Arranged by Reno Romano, Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks & Evan Pace


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