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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After the original draft of the script was re-written, the character of Cochrane was added as a foil to Murphy and added the back story of Vietnam and their rivalry. Originally Bryan Brown
was cast to play Cochran, but had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict with the mini-series, The Thorn Birds. Malcolm McDowell
was cast at they very last minute and was not aware that he had to fly a helicopter as the Cochrane character has to in the film because of his fear of flying. Regardless of this he still took the role and did fly inside the helicopter. See more
The frame is reversed during a brief overhead shot when second police car approaches the drive-in theatre; traffic is shown keeping left, and the cruiser passes a light-colored vehicle on its right, but in the striped median. See more
[Murphy walks out to the pad
Well Murph, feeling any pressure?
Yeah. About 15 pounds per square inch at sea level.
There are no opening credits after the title is shown. See more
Followed by Blue Thunder