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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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A secret military drone program recruits a police officer for its pilot program. Inspired by the 1983 film, 'Blue Thunder'.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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13 May 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Relámpago azul  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$42,300,000 (USA)
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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the sequence where Kate had just crashed through the door at the drive-in theater and two police cars spun out, you can see that one of the police cars comes very close to the camera. What you might not know was that a Japanese man, studying under cinematographer John A. Alonzo was acting as cameraman, and the police car would have hit him if not for the key grip right his cameraman's waist belt from the back and yanked him right off his feet, saving him from being mowed down. 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

[Murphy and Lymangood are on patrol]
Lymangood: All those people. What do you suppose they're all doing down there?
Frank Murphy: Well, according to the latest statistics, about 1 million, 775 thousand of them are... getting it on!
Lymangood: That many, eh!
Frank Murphy: The rest are waiting for 'Laverne and Shirley'!
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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 The Incredible Hulk: Darkness and Light: Part 1 (1996) 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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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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