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Blue Thunder (1983)

 -  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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Release Date:

13 May 1983 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$42,300,000 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Warren Oates (1928-1982), who played Capt. Jack Braddock and whose final film this was. The text can be seen after the end of the credits: FOR WARREN OATES WITH LOVE FOR ALL THE JOY YOU GAVE US 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 moves away from Cochrane]
Icelan: I didn't realize you two were acquainted.
Col. F.E. Cochrane: Only too well, I'm afraid. I'd have had that bastard up on charges if he hadn't caught some shrapnel!
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There are no opening credits after the title is shown. See more »

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Referenced in Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Great Action
8 June 1999 | by (White Plains,NY) – See all my reviews

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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