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Blue Thunder (1983)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  13 May 1983 (USA)
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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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Kate
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Paul Roebling ...
Icelan
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Fletcher
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Montoya
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Ed Bernard ...
Sgt. Short
Jason Bernard ...
Mayor
Mario Machado ...
Himself
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Alf Hewitt
Pat McNamara ...
Matusek
Jack Murdock ...
Kress
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Allen (as Clifford Pellow)
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Storyline

Blue Thunder is a specially modified helicopter. It is for police work, but is armed and designed to counter street insurgencies. Its makers want to show what it will do, but have to train Los Angeles Police pilot Frank Murphy to fly and use it in order to allow it to operate in the city. Murphy and the project pilot have differences going back to Vietnam. The conflict between them continues to heat up as Murphy begins to suspect that Blue Thunder is more than has been disclosed. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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13 May 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Relámpago azul  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,300,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The stunt driver who drove the police motorcycle chasing Kate, and later crashed into the car carrier, actually broke his ankle on that attempt. See more »

Goofs

Long shotgun microphones meant to record sound coming from the surface while the helicopter is in flight would never be mounted on the top of the helicopter, directly below the rotor blades. Aside from the blades and engine drowning out any sound, the ground would not be within the pick-up pattern of the microphones, and there would be no way to maneuver them into correct position. See more »

Quotes

[Murphy walks out to the pad]
Jack Braddock: Well Murph, feeling any pressure?
Frank Murphy: Yeah. About 15 pounds per square inch at sea level.
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The hardware, weaponry and surveillance systems depicted in this film are real and in use in the United States today. See more »

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'BLUE THUNDER' Is a cracking leave your brain behind entertainment that never let's up! 'Roy Scheider' Plays Frank Murphy,A former Vietnam Veteran,who is a helicopter pilot,for the Los Angeles police department,who becomes handpicked to pilot the eponymous 'blue thunder' which is a state of the art chopper designed for supreme law enforcement, Unfortunately for Murphy the test pilot behind this superb flying machine is Malcolm Mc Dowell,who also was on duty in Nam with Scheider, and serves as the film's all too English baddie! A young Daniel Stern, is a rookie who is assigned with Scheider, together the pair unravel a deadly conspiracy,involving said helicopter which climaxes with a superb aerial chase through the packed streets of Los Angeles,


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