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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
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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 <>

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Action | Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

27 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de trueno  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)


$82,670,733 (USA)

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Cars designed specifically for the movie officially raced at Phoenix and Darlington, with Greg Sacks driving Cole Trickle's City Chevrolet in both races. Bobby Hamilton drove Rowdy Burns' Exxon car at Phoenix, while Hut Stricklin drove it at Darlington. None of the cars finished their races, but Hamilton did lead his race for five laps before an engine failure. See more »


The red ring around Trickle's eye swaps eyes. See more »


Cole Trickle: Claire, I'm more afraid of bein' nothing than I am of being hurt.
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Days of Thunder
Written by Hans Zimmer
Performed by Mark Ayres
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Duvall excellent otherwise Top Gun with cars (and Nicole)
12 October 2007 | by (Bedford England) – See all my reviews

In the Top Gun genre although without the homo eroticism. But a great performance from Duvall who lights up the screen every time he is on - which is often. Nicole Kidman lights up the screen as well and not just for her acting! Cruise is OK as the foil to Duvall's Harry. Tony Scott's direction is standard for a Bruckenheimer film and deserves applause.

The plot is entirely predictable and there is little tension. Like Top Gun the bits in between the action are too long and the sub plot of the injured driver coming to terms with his forced retirement is tedious and contributes little. BUT see this if only for Duvall's flawless performance.

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