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Blue Thunder (1983)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 13 May 1983 (USA)
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

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Paul Roebling ...
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Montoya
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Ed Bernard ...
Jason Bernard ...
Mayor
Mario Machado ...
Mario Machado
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Alf Hewitt
Pat McNamara ...
Matusek
Jack Murdock ...
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

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,258,149 (USA) (15 May 1983)

Gross:

$42,313,354 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Lymangood searches for data on Cochrane, using the on-board computer, the biography states Cochrane was born in 1939 in Luton, England. The movie's director, John Badham, was born in 1939 in Luton. See more »

Goofs

While Kate is rummaging through the drive-in theater dumpster, looking for the hidden video tape, Murphy flies up to keep an eye on her. However, the helicopter shadow seen on the back of the movie screen is that of a Bell JetRanger, not the modified Aerospatiale Gazelle. See more »

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Frank Murphy: Bright red cowyboy hat and Hawaiian shirt. Whatever happened to inconspicous?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in TaleSpin: Baloo Thunder (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Blue Thunder (Dance Version)
(uncredited)
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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Top Gun hold your hat!
17 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clearly, Blue Thunder's introduction shows the state of the art in computer technology at the time. Looked like a Wang computer at work.

I saw this movie for the first time at a drive-in. Those were the days!! .. before DVD's and when VHS recorders were manually tuned. Guess you might say that this was the end of an era and the beginning of video.

My girl and her two boys will remember this movie as long as they live. The movie that played right after this at the drive-in was Xtro. Remember when you could have the entire family see two full length movies for under $10.00? Now, popcorn alone costs $10.00 for one medium bucket.

I have the original Blue Thunder VHS tape in my library, played it last night. My favorite part of the movie is when a heat seeking-missile is launched into a B-B-Que chicken factory and chickens come raining down on the street and cars. The suspense that built up to this point made it funny however tragic for the factory workers.

25 years prior to this movie there was Whirly Birds in black and white on TV. It is interesting to see the advance in aeronautical technology from the early Korean War birds to stealth flight in choppers. I seriously doubt that any helicopter today can achieve or survive inverted flight as was depicted in the final scenes of Blue Thunder. As unbelievable as it seemed, it was exciting to watch.

We still have increased concerns of the privacy of citizens and terrorist activity. In the days of Blue Thunder it was only fantasy to think of wire tapping without a warrant .... today? This reader comment could be intercepted before it makes your review.


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