R | | Action, Crime, Drama
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had to approve every single piece of equipment hung on the helicopter. The agency actually had inspectors checking the manufacturing of "The Special", i.e. Blue Thunder, to make sure it would be airworthy.
Who are you fooling with that phony radio bullshit? Jesus Christ, Frank, that went out three days after Marconi invented the fucking thing!
In the scene on the bridge over the L.A. river where Kate is stopped by "Metropolitan" Police, the younger officer's gun keeps switching from a Colt Python or Diamondback to a Smith & Wesson Model 15. He draws a Colt as he exits the car and brandishes a Smith & Wesson approaching the car and during the exterior shots of Kate's car. A Colt is seen from an interior shot of the driver side window which alternates with the Smith & Wesson exterior shots. A final exterior shot show a Colt as "Blue Thunder" hovers from the bottom of the bridge.
The end credits are played over a still image of Murphy walking away from the wreckage of Blue Thunder.
$8,258,149 (USA) (15 May 1983)