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Days of Thunder (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  27 June 1990 (USA)
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A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.

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Big John
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Cole Trickle enters the high-pressure world of Nascar racing. He's a hot driver with a hot temper, and this attitude gets him into trouble not only with other drivers, but members of his own team as well. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Action | Drama | Sport

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27 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de trueno  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$82,670,733 (USA)
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In an effort to give a more realistic atmosphere, professional racing broadcasters were brought in to play the broadcast reporters and track announcers. Key among these were members of ESPN's racing crew, including booth announcer Bob Jenkins and pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch. See more »

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At the Daytona race before the big wreck, Cole Trickle is spun out by Rowdy Burns. Cole recovers and catches up to Rowdy. The camera pans out to show a long distance shot of Rowdy leading Cole, but the lead car is clearly the number 3 Goodwrench Chevy of Dale Earnhardt, not the 51 of Rowdy Burns. In fact the whole shot is from the 1990 Daytona 500 and the cars on second and third are Derrike Cope's Purolator Chevy and Terry Labonte's Skoal Oldsmobile. See more »

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Big John: You're late.
Cole Trickle: We, uh, had, car trouble.
Big John: What kind of car trouble?
Cole Trickle: Uhhhhh...
Rowdy Burns: I believe it was the radiator. Wasn't it, Cole?
[grins]
Cole Trickle: Yes, Rowdy, I believe it was.
[returns grin]
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Hearts in Trouble
Written by Bill Champlin, Dennis Matrosky and Kevin Dukes
Performed by Chicago
Produced by Bill Champlin and Bennis Matrosky
Chicago courtesy of Reprise Records
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Cruise goes with what works
7 September 1998 | by (Delhi, NY, SA) – See all my reviews

This movie is basically paying homage to Top Gun. The same team that made that movie a success got together to create another pumped up movie.

Cruise plays Cole Trickle, a very cocky and smooth indy car driver that lost his ride and decided to head to NASCAR with team owner Tim Daland,(Randy Quaid), and be coached by legendary crew chief Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall). During the Daytona 500 Cole and nemesis Rowdy Burns are involved in a nasty wreck that hospitalizes both of them and threaten to end their careers. They become friends but Cole realizes his mortality and must overcome it if he is to ever race effectively again.

This has better romantic chemistry than Top Gun. Due in part to the fact that Cruise and Kidman really were attracted to each other and we know the rest is history. The action scenes are great and filmed superbly. It's also a very loud movie. It received an Oscar nomination for best sound. It's just another mindless action movie to help relieve boredom. 7 out of 10.


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