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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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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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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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)


$82,670,733 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Cole tells Harry "when it comes to the car I'll take your word," he is referring to a line from a deleted scene where he states, "I'll take your word for what a car can do but I'm not taking anybody's word for what I can do." The line can still be heard in the trailer. See more »


In the final Daytona race, Russ Wheeler pushes Cole into Harry Gant and spins him. During the spin, a car switches from Gant (#33) to Brett Bodine (#26). See more »


Waddell: Harry tells me your guy runs those Indy-type deals.
Tim Daland: Yeah, sprints mainly. Two World of Outlaw championships, three all-star wins, seven straight feature wins, and he's been driving ASA.
Waddell: [to Harry] Got yourself a real statistician there. He know anything about drivers?
Harry Hogge: We'll see.
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You Gotta Love Someone
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
Produced by Don Was
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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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