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Blue Thunder -- Roy Scheider stars as a police pilot who is battling government fanatics planning to misuse an experimental attack helicopter.
Blue Thunder -- The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

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Director:
Writers:
Dan O'Bannon (written by) &
Don Jakoby (written by)
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Release Date:
13 May 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Skies Will Never Be the Same! See more »
Plot:
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Roy Scheider ... Officer Frank Murphy

Warren Oates ... Capt. Jack Braddock

Candy Clark ... Kate

Daniel Stern ... Officer Richard Lymangood
Paul Roebling ... Icelan

David Sheiner ... Fletcher

Joe Santos ... Montoya

Malcolm McDowell ... Col. F.E. Cochrane
Ed Bernard ... Sgt. Short
Jason Bernard ... Mayor
Mario Machado ... Himself

James Murtaugh ... Alf Hewitt
Pat McNamara ... Matusek
Jack Murdock ... Kress
Clifford A. Pellow ... Allen (as Clifford Pellow)
Paul Lambert ... Holmes
Phil Feldman ... Col. Coe
John Garber ... Tough Mechanic
Anthony James ... Grundelius
Robin Braxton ... Diane McNeely (as Robin Brantos)
Anna Forrest ... Nudy Lucy
Ricky Slyter ... Timmy
Reid Cruickshanks ... Chief of Police
Billy Ray Sharkey ... Air Controller
Fred Slyter ... Air Controller
John Gladstein ... Fighter Pilot
Ross Reynolds ... Helicoper Pilot
Karl A. Wickman ... Helicopter Pilot
James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot
Thomas H. Friedkin ... Helicopter Pilot (as Tom Friedkin)

James Read ... Policeman at Bridge
Mickey Gilbert ... Policeman
William T. Lane ... Policeman (as Bill Lane)
Lolly Boroff ... TV Director
Patti Clifton ... Hooker
Ernest Harada ... John
Frances E. Nealy ... Mayor's Aide
Jose Pepe R. Gonzales ... Drive-In Custodian
Jerry Ziesmer ... Pilot
Tom Lawrence ... Observer
John Ashby ... Thief

Tony Brubaker ... Thief
Norman Alexander Gibbs ... Man in Beanie
Bill M. Ryusaki ... Vietcong Soldier (as Bill Ryusaki)

Gary Davis ... Motorcycle Cop

Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Thug (as Tom Rosales)
Larry Randles ... Thug
Peter Miller ... Detective
Mike H. McGaughy ... Observer (as Mike McGaughy)
Calvin Bronx
Lucinda Crosby ... Bel-Air Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Badham ... TV Director (uncredited)
Shaaron Claridge ... Police Dispatcher (voice) (uncredited)
Eurlyne Epper ... Girl with Bike (uncredited)

Ted King ... Car Crash Rescuer (uncredited)
Terry Leonard ... Assault Man (uncredited)
Frank Morriss ... F-16 Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
John Badham 
 
Writing credits
Dan O'Bannon (written by) &
Don Jakoby (written by)

Dean Riesner  uncredited

Produced by
Gordon Carroll .... producer
Gregg Champion .... associate producer
Phil Feldman .... executive producer
Andrew Fogelson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur B. Rubinstein 
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo 
 
Film Editing by
Edward M. Abroms 
Frank Morriss 
 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
 
Production Design by
Sydney Z. Litwack 
 
Art Direction by
Bernie Cutler 
 
Set Decoration by
Mickey S. Michaels 
 
Costume Design by
Marianna Elliott 
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Elsbree .... hair stylist
Greg LaCava .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Phil Rawlins .... unit production manager
John G. Wilson .... unit production manager (as John Wilson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregg Champion .... second unit director
Kevin G. Cremin .... first assistant director: second unit (as Kevin Cremin)
Tom Davies .... second assistant director
James W. Gavin .... second unit director: aerial
Daniel J. Heffner .... second second assistant director: additional photography
Terry Leonard .... second unit director: stunt
Daniel McCauley .... first assistant director (as Danny McCauley)
Chris Soldo .... second assistant director
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Cate Bangs .... set designer
Larry Clark Bird .... property master
Susan Carsello .... lead person
Carmine Goglia .... stand-by painter
Philip Harrison .... visual consultant
Petko D. Kadiev .... illustrator (as Petko Kadiev)
Al Litteken .... construction coordinator
Fred Tuch .... illustrator
Ken Zimmerman .... assistant property master
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction auditor (uncredited)
Christopher Burian-Mohr .... set designer (uncredited)
Glen Cooper .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Mike Holowach .... prop assistant (uncredited)
James Hughlett .... swing gang (uncredited)
Moe Larson .... painter foreman (uncredited)
Richard Leon .... swing gang (uncredited)
Lee Orlikoff .... swing gang (uncredited)
Fred Rainer .... swing gang (uncredited)
Jerry Sargent .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Michael Schmidt .... lead person (uncredited)
William Trobaugh .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Donald B. Woodruff .... set designer (uncredited)
Jim Zemansky .... swing gang (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Bean .... cable person
Milton C. Burrow .... sound effects editor
Scott Burrow .... sound effects editor
Tim Cooney .... production sound mixer
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
John Glascock .... production sound mixer
John Glascock .... sound mixer
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
David M. Horton .... sound effects editor
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
William L. Manger .... supervising sound effects editor
Anthony Marinelli .... special sound effects
Alma Martinez .... adr
Art Ottinger .... sound effects editor (as Arthur Ottinger)
Robert A. Reich .... sound effects editor
Chester Slomka .... sound effects editor (as Chester L. Slomka)
Larry Stensvold .... sound re-recording mixer
Carl Pagano .... cable person (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Peter Albiez .... special effects electronics
James Fredburg .... special effects technician
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects coordinator
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects supervisor
Richard Ratliff .... special effects
Richard Stutsman .... special effects technician
Jeffrey A. Wischnack .... special effects technician
Michael Barrett Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
James Fredburg .... prop shop electronics (uncredited)
Raymond Klein .... special effects electronics (uncredited)
Michael Lantieri .... special effects electronics (uncredited)
Richard Lea .... special effects electronics (uncredited)
Thomas Mertz .... special effects (uncredited)
Dell Rheaume .... special effects (uncredited)
Bruce Robles .... special effects (uncredited)
Joseph C. Sasgen .... special effects electronics (uncredited)
Harold Selig .... special effects (uncredited)
Doyle Smiley .... special effects (uncredited)
Bob Stoker .... special effects (uncredited)
Lucinda Strub .... prop shop electronics (uncredited)
Richard Stutsman .... special effects (uncredited)
Matt Sweeney .... special effects (uncredited)
Marcel Vercoutere .... special effects (uncredited)
Gary Zink .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Cooperman .... miniature photography
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
Don Hansard .... process projectionist
Tom Pahk .... model maker
Keith Shartle .... motion control production assistant
Hoyt Yeatman .... motion control supervisor
Eric Guaglione .... tracker/matchmover: DQI (uncredited)
Bill Hansard Jr. .... process projectionist (uncredited)
Bill Hansard .... process projectionist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Calvin Brown .... utility stunts
Monty Jordan .... stunt coordinator
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Colvin Brock .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Brubaker .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Cremin .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Davis .... stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Donnelly .... stunt double: pilot (uncredited)
Kevin Donnelly .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Duncan .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Greg Wayne Elam .... stunts (uncredited)
Kenny Endoso .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Clifford Happy .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Holt .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeff Imada .... stunts (uncredited)
William T. Lane .... stunts (uncredited)
Julius LeFlore .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill McIntosh .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary McLarty .... stunts (uncredited)
John Meier .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie Moore .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Randles .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Kerry Rossall .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill M. Ryusaki .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
John-Clay Scott .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Stone .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael M. Vendrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Rock A. Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wayne Baker .... assistant camera: second unit
Michael Barrett .... set lighting technician
Michael A. Chavez .... first assistant camera (as Michael Chavez)
Thomas Del Ruth .... director of photography: additional photography
Michael Ferris .... camera operator (as Mike Ferris)
Donald Glenn .... best boy grip (as Don Glenn)
Bud Heller .... key grip
Frank M. Holgate .... aerial camera operator (as Frank Holgate)
Paul Jacobsen .... set lighting technician
Horace Jordan .... first assistant camera
Hal Landaker .... video supervisor
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: location
John C. Moulds .... camera operator: second unit
David B. Nowell .... camera operator (as David Nowell)
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Dutch Presley .... best boy electric
Stuart A. Spohn .... gaffer
Kenji Takama .... camera operator
Bruce W. Talamon .... still photographer (as Bruce Talamon)
Rick Whitfield .... video coordinator
Mario Zavala .... second assistant camera
Frank Holdsworth .... best boy (uncredited)
Keith Kelsay .... assistant aerial camera operator (uncredited)
Steve Lippert .... fixtures (uncredited)
Kevin Presley .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Donald Schmitz .... grip (uncredited)
Clyde Smith .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Rod Weaver .... set lighting electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Pennie DuPont .... extras casting (as Pennie Du Pont)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... costumer
Daniel J. Lester .... assistant costumer (as Danny Lester)
 
Editorial Department
Jeff Jones .... assistant film editor
Manny Chaidez .... assistant editor (uncredited)
David H. Lloyd .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Clay Mitchell .... assistant to editor (uncredited)
Ben Williams .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jim Cypherd .... electronic music producer
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... music editor
Steve Livingston .... music editor
Anthony Marinelli .... musician: synthesizer
Anthony Marinelli .... song producer
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
Antonio Romano .... music contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Robert Neilson .... transportation coordinator
Dave Cohen .... driver (uncredited)
Gary Cruise .... driver (uncredited)
Wayne Davidson .... driver (uncredited)
Keith Dillin .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Lana Dirrane .... driver (uncredited)
Tom Gentry .... driver (uncredited)
Jake Jacobson .... driver (uncredited)
Ron Kelley .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Richard A. Kelter .... driver (uncredited)
Maynard Lauritzen .... driver (uncredited)
Edwins Lyons .... driver (uncredited)
Bill Manning .... driver (uncredited)
Steve Michaels .... driver (uncredited)
Gabriel Ormenyi .... driver (uncredited)
Joel Renfro .... driver (uncredited)
George Reynolds .... driver (uncredited)
Tom Roberts .... driver (uncredited)
Jerry Sater .... driver (uncredited)
Chuck Schmitter .... driver (uncredited)
Robert Suer .... driver (uncredited)
Gene Warnecke .... driver (uncredited)
Kay Watson .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jeffrey Benjamin .... production associate
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Norman Gan .... assistant to the producer
John Garber .... dialogue coach
Ernie Gustafsson .... helicopter mechanic
Dana Satler Hankins .... assistant to director
Dana Satler Hankins .... assistant: Mr. Badham (as Dana Satler)
Rob Harland .... location manager
John James .... location manager
Trish Kinney .... script supervisor
Alan Landaker .... chief engineer
Anthony Marinelli .... synthesizer programmer
Art Scholl .... pilot
Earl Wingard .... publicist
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Karin Buchanan .... secretary: Phil Feldman (uncredited)
Larry Butler .... technical advisor (uncredited)
James Deeth .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Chip Fowler .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Thomas H. Friedkin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Lindsay Gilliland .... secretary: Gordon Carroll (uncredited)
Flynn Gold .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Penny Goodsell .... secretary: Andy Fogelson (uncredited)
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Luis Lara .... caterer (uncredited)
Robert H. Lemer .... associate to producer (uncredited)
Jane Lockwood .... production staff (uncredited)
Peter McKernan Sr. .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Jose Prieto .... helper (uncredited)
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Danny Rowe .... mechanic (uncredited)
Ron Saffold .... craft service (uncredited)
Greta Shepherd .... secretary: Phil Feldman (uncredited)
B.J. Smith .... set medic (uncredited)
Karl A. Wickman .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Anna Zappia .... assistant coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Warren Oates .... in memory of
 

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Runtime:
109 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The stunt driver who drove the police motorcycle chasing Kate, and later crashed into the car carrier, actually broke his ankle on that attempt.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Cochran claims it is impossible to loop a helicopter, yet such maneuvers have been performed since the 1960s, even by larger models such as the CH-53A, something a pilot as experienced as Cochran should know.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Frank Murphy:Outstanding!
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Movie Connections:
References "Laverne & Shirley" (1976)See more »

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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
An under-rated gem.., 15 December 2001
Author: Tom Hadley (whizzkid74) from Winchester, England

I first saw Blue Thunder as a kid at the time of its release and enjoyed it purely as a slice of action/adventure typical of its time. I could name many films from the early 80s of a similar ilk, but this one stuck in my mind as a real favourite and it was only when I re-watched it recently that I understood why.

Unlike other films in the genre, Blue Thunder always strikes me as having been thought about and crafted in a very careful way. In fact I didn't remember there being as little action as there is. Instead we are given far more character development than we might be accustomed to, thereby enhancing the final aerial drama because we do care about the people involved.

Roy Scheider(who I must confess is my favourite actor of his era) gives a standout performance. His portrayal of Murphy with its wry humour & very human lapses shares more than a little with a certain Chief Brody, but the use of an aging rebel with little cause as the main character in a technological thriller is still refreshing now.

Malcolm McDowell gives the sort of OTT villainous performance that only he can (why has no-one ever cast him as a Bond villain?) and special mention must go to Warren Oates as Scheider's long-suffering boss.

The helicopter looks awesome with cool gadgets aplenty but it isn't the star here, Scheider is. Move over Top Gun, Airwolf, Wings of the Apache, et al; this is the number 1 fly-boy in town.

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