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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russ Wheeler
Big John
Buck Bretherton
J.C. Quinn ...
Jennie Burns
Darlene (as Donna Wilson)
Harlem Hoogerhyde
Cole's Crew
Cole's Crew


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 <>

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You can't outrun the thunder. See more »


Action | Drama | Sport


PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de trueno  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)


$82,670,733 (USA)

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(analog 70 mm prints)| (digital 35 mm and 70 mm prints)| (analog 35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Cole wins at Darlington, the track announcer says third place goes to Geoffrey Bodine. Tim Daland, Cole's car owner, is based on owner Rick Hendrick, whose first driver was Bodine. See more »


During the opening sequence of the movie, if you watch carefully, you will see a Busch Grand National series official inspecting a car. The Daytona 500 is a Winston Cup event. See more »


Cole Trickle: Now can you walk, or am I gonna have to carry you?
Harry Hogge: Where to?
Cole Trickle: Victory Lane.
Harry Hogge: Walk? Hell... I'll race your ass.
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Referenced in Friends: The One with Rachel's Crush (1998) See more »


Long Live the Night
Written by Joan Jett, Randy Cantor and Michael Caruso
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Produced by Kenny Laguna/Co-Produced by Thom Panundo
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts courtesy of Blackheart Records/Epic Associated Records/Chrysalis Records
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Say what you will, but this is a great movie for guys.
2 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Regardless of your opinion of NASCAR racing, this is an incredibly fun movie for guys.

Is it creative? No. It's pretty obvious that it's the same thing as Top Gun. The only difference is maturity. Over the years, Tom Cruise had developed into a fine actor, and when coupled with Robert Duvall (in a spectacular performance) and a surprising Randy Quaid, Days of Thunder becomes a film which gets pretty much any guy involved in it.

I personally hate NASCAR, but still I find this film absolutely riveting, and every time I watch it, I suddenly have a desire to go race my car down the highway. In fact, the biggest argument against this movie is that it does get to the testosterone.

The music for Days of Thunder sets it up perfectly. Hans Zimmer does an effective job with his second Cruise film in two years (Rain Man was the other), and The Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin' makes some plotless racing scenes worth watching.

The script, penned by Bob Towne, is far more clever than the average action movie and actually creates some serious character depth for Cole and Rowdy, although Cary Elwes' character seems excessively evil.

But, all in all, this is an action movie that works for Cruise fans, even if they don't like action movies. 8.5 out of 10 (On a pure enjoyment basis).

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