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
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Did You Know?
In the sequence where Kate had just crashed through the door at the drive-in theater and two police cars spun out, you can see that one of the police cars comes very close to the camera. What you might not know was that a Japanese man, studying under John A. Alonzo
(cinematographer), was acting as cameraman, and the police car would have hit him if not for the key grip right behind him. The cameraman was light enough that the key grip, a big burly guy, grabbed the cameraman's waist belt from the back, and yanked him right off his feet, thus saving him from being mowed down. See more
Early in the film Murphy and Lymangood respond to a crime in progress at the address given by dispatch as "8792 Linden Road". After the incident, Murphy tells Lymangood to call an ambulance for the victims below. Lymangood tells dispatch the address is "3920 Linden Road". See more
Col. F.E. Cochrane
You threatening me, Murphy?
No, I'm telling you. Back off!
The hardware, weaponry and surveillance systems depicted in this film are real and in use in the United States today. See more
Referenced in Thunder Blade