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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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Icelan
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Fletcher
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Montoya
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Ed Bernard ...
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Jason Bernard ...
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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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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)  »

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$42,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The F-16 models were built by famed model builder Gregory Jein (uncredited), who is probably more famous for his science-fiction models for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). See more »

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One of the F-16's attacking Murphy fires an AIM-9L Sidewinder (short range air-to-air) missile at Blue Thunder from a distance barely two miles away. The AIM-9 travels at Mach 2.5, and from that distance the missile would have taken about four seconds to reach Murphy, yet Murphy has nearly fifteen seconds to avert the missile. From so close he would have had no chance to maneuver in front of the building in his attempt to fool the heat-seeking missile, let alone escape obliteration. See more »

Quotes

Col. F.E. Cochrane: I had another stoppage! I nearly killed the lot of you on that second pass. You can tell Ordnance from me, if it happens again, I'll have their balls for breakfast!
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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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