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Days of Thunder (1990)

 -  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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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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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$82,670,733 (USA)
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Pickup shots for the film were being done less than a week before the release prints were scheduled to be made. See more »

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Cole's collar in the dressing room before the Daytona 500. See more »

Quotes

[Cole is being searched by a female trooper who notices he has an erection]
Female Trooper: Looks like we found something.
Male Trooper: What's that?
Female Trooper: A concealed weapon.
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LONG LIVE THE NIGHT
Written by Joan Jett, Randy Cantor and Michael Caruso
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (as Joan Jett and The Blackhearts)
Produced by Kenny Laguna/Co-Produced by Thom Panundo
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts courtesy of Blackheart Records/Epic Associated Records/Cheysalis Records
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Is There Anything More Boring Than Cars ?
13 August 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Cars ! They've got to be the most boring topic of conversation ever . I remember being a teenager and every time someone brought up cars in conversation I'd have an out of body experience , that's how boring I found cars . I'd walk into a busy newsagents and all these bores would be flicking through mags about cars with the front of their trousers looking like a wigwam . I'm telling you newsagent distributors should start wrapping car magazines in plastic bags same as they do with porno mags

Have I made my point ? Cars are boring so a movie featuring car racing isn't my gallon of four star but there was nothing else on so I decided to watch DAYS OF THUNDER regardless

In many ways DAYS OF THUNDER is similar to TOP GUN . It has the same leading man , the same director and the same producer . It even has the same cynical marketing ploy of fast vehicles for the boys mixed in with a romantic sub story for the girls along with a OST album for the teenage market . The only real difference is that the screenplay is even more shallow than TOP GUN . Cole Trickle ! What sort of name is that for a racing driver ? He sounds more like an unemployed miner . I suppose Cruise plays the role very well since all he has to do is smile a lot and look a little bit moody now and again . No acting required . Robert Duvall is very disappointing but seeing as his character is a shallowly written father figure I suppose he did his best and this movie isn't about characters - It's about people rushing to the cinema then rushing out to buy the soundtrack album . Nothing more nothing less

When you've seen one movie featuring fast cars like DRIVEN , THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS , and DAYS OF THUNDER you've seen them all


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