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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 ...
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Alf Hewitt
Pat McNamara ...
Matusek
Jack Murdock ...
Kress
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Allen (as Clifford Pellow)
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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)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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

The television control room shown early in the film is the same control room set seen extensively in The China Syndrome (1979). See more »

Goofs

Murphy, after downing Montoya's helicopter says, "AH! Not again!" without moving his lips. In the same scene he says, "Ok chaps, How'd you like to follow my leader?" His lips say, "Follow my leader now!" See more »

Quotes

Frank Murphy: What's the sensitivity of those mikes?
Sgt. Short: You can hear a mouse fart at 2000ft!
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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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Referenced in Fear City (1984) See more »

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Theme From Blue Thunder (Dance Version)
Written by Arthur B. Rubinstein (as Arthur Rubinstein)
Performed by Arthur B. Rubinstein, Cynthia Morrow, Brian Banks and Anthony Marinelli (as the Beepers)
Produced by Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks
Arranged by Reno Romano, Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks & Evan Pace
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Fasten your seatbelts!
27 June 1999 | by (Essen, Germany) – See all my reviews

When I saw this One in 1983 on the BIG screen it was a fantastic experience. The final encounter between Murphy and Cochran is simply the best helicopter chase ever! Roy Scheider is brilliant in his role as a broken pilot who becomes a random witness of a great conspiracy. Bonus points also for his sidekick Daniel Stern and the evil opponent Malcolm McDowell. Perfect air photography by John A. Alonzo and superb cutting by Frank Morriss. A winner!!!


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