R | | Action, Crime, Drama
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.
The F-16 models were built by famed model builder Gregory Jein (uncredited), who is probably more famous for his science-fiction models for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).
Col. F.E. Cochrane:
I had another stoppage! I nearly killed the lot of you on that second pass. You can tell Ordnance from me, if it happens again, I'll have their balls for breakfast!
Paint scrapes on Lymangood's helmet vary between scenes (and often within the same scene).
"For Warren Oates, with love for all the joy you gave us."
There are at least two versions of the movie differing in soundtrack. One version features an orchestral/piano version of the theme for the final credits (seen on German television), another version features a synthesizer version with drums for the final credits (seen on US DVD release).
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
$8,258,149 (USA) (15 May 1983)
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