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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 »
Genre:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Good Effects See more (64 total) »

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 
 
Costume Design by
Marianna Elliott 
 
Makeup Department
Greg LaCava .... makeup artist
 
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
Terry Leonard .... second unit director: stunt
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... property master
Carmine Goglia .... stand-by painter
Philip Harrison .... visual consultant
 
Sound Department
Roy Bean .... cable person
Don Digirolamo .... sound re-recording mixer
John Glascock .... sound mixer
Robert Glass .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Knudson .... sound re-recording mixer
Anthony Marinelli .... special sound effects
Alma Martinez .... adr
Dennis S. Sands .... music scoring mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
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
Gary Zink .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Rocco Gioffre .... matte artist
Tom Pahk .... model maker
Keith Shartle .... motion control production assistant
Hoyt Yeatman .... motion control supervisor
Eric Guaglione .... tracker/matchmover: DQI (uncredited)
 
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
Thomas Del Ruth .... director of photography: additional photography
Paul Jacobsen .... set lighting technician
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: location
John C. Moulds .... camera operator: second unit
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Dutch Presley .... best boy electric
Stuart A. Spohn .... gaffer
Kenji Takama .... camera operator
Rod Weaver .... set lighting electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norman A. Burza .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ben Williams .... apprentice editor non-credited
Clay Mitchell .... assistant to editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... music editor
Anthony Marinelli .... musician: synthesizer
Anthony Marinelli .... song producer
Antonio Romano .... music contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Robert Neilson .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Norman Gan .... assistant to the producer
Ernie Gustafsson .... helicopter mechanic
Dana Satler Hankins .... assistant to director
Anthony Marinelli .... synthesizer programmer
Art Scholl .... pilot
Earl Wingard .... publicist
Laurie Arnow-Epstein .... construction accountant (uncredited)
Chip Fowler .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Robert H. Lemer .... associate to producer (uncredited)
Jane Lockwood .... production staff (uncredited)
B.J. Smith .... set medic (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Warren Oates .... in memory of
 

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Runtime:
109 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
FAA have to approve every single piece of equipment hung on the helicopter. They actually have inspectors checking the manufacturing of "The Special", i.e. Blue Thunder, to make sure it is airworthy.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Murphy and Lymangood watch the woman's breasts during their night flight, the camera image is steady through several shots despite that fact the helicopter is clearly circling around.See more »
Quotes:
Col. F.E. Cochrane:You threatening me, Murphy?
Frank Murphy:No, I'm telling you. Back off!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in "Doctor Who: Dalek (#1.6)" (2005)See more »

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Good Effects, 14 March 2002
Author: marquis de cinema from Boston, MA

Very good action yarn made during the same year as the more intellegent and superior Badham film, WarGames(1983). Still an entertaining action thriller with three major set pieces. One, the chase among helicopters in the same area as the chase in Terminator 2(1991). Two, the climatic battlescene while at times seems ruthless is nevertheless cheorgraphed with some impressive effects for its time. Three, the final conflict chase between Roy Scheider and Malcolm McDowell.

Acting leads includes Peckinpah actor, Warren Oates whose performance is very good in what was one of his final film roles before his death. He is justly at home in his role of the head of his Police department, and gives us his patterned hard edged cynical with a slight humor mannerisms. Blue Thunder(1983) is one of the five best films from a director in John Badham whose career has been full of ups and downs. I feel his output from the early to mid 1980s are his most successful times as a filmmaker. Roy Scheider is professional and tough in his role of the film's protagonist.

Malcolm McDowell gives another demented performance as Scheider's former mentor, and now chief nemisis. When channeling the right key, McDowell can be one convincing menacing villain. Badham's late 1990s Hitchcockian type thriller, Nick of Time(1996) used many of the same ideas on action and suspense as his earlier film, Blue Thunder(1983). That film even has a similarly sinister mentor/student relationship as this film. While not a classic is certainly something that can be watched when one has little to do, or wants to be entertained.

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