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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actually hated flying and no one, not even his wife, could persuade him to overcome his phobia. During the final battle scene between his character Cochrane and 'Roy Scheider (I)''s Frank Murphy, McDowell's grimaces were caught on film for all to see, clearly displaying his discomfort at being in the air. When his wife saw the movie, she was incredulous and asked the filmmakers, 'How did you get him inside that little helicopter? I couldn't even get him inside a plane!' See more
In the "Follow My Leader" sequence, interior shots of Cochrane show an overcast, cloudy sky, while exterior shots show a cloudless (if smoggy) blue sky. See more
What's the sensitivity of those mikes?
You can hear a mouse fart at 2000ft!
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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