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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)  »

Also Known As:

Relámpago azul  »

Box Office

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

The helicopter used to portray Blue Thunder was a French-made Gazelle helicopter with bolt-on parts to change its appearance. Most notably the chin cannon assembly was too heavy, necessitating a weight attached to the tail to keep the nose from dipping forward in flight. See more »

Goofs

In the scene on the bridge over the L.A. river where Kate is stopped by "Metropolitan" Police, the younger officer's gun keeps switching from a Colt Python or Diamondback to a Smith & Wesson Model 15. He draws a Colt as he exits the car and brandishes a Smith & Wesson approaching the car and during the exterior shots of Kate's car. A Colt is seen from an interior shot of the driver side window which alternates with the Smith & Wesson exterior shots. A final exterior shot show a Colt as "Blue Thunder" hovers from the bottom of the bridge. See more »

Quotes

Frank Murphy: Finally made Colonel, eh?
Col. F.E. Cochrane: If you're a nice guy, nice things happen to you.
Frank Murphy: I'll try to remember that!
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There are no opening credits after the title is shown. See more »

Connections

Referenced in HeliCops - Einsatz über Berlin: Feuertaufe für AK1 (1998) 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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