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Days of Thunder (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 27 June 1990 (USA)
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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Días de trueno  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$82,670,733 (USA)
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Even though this is the first collaboration between Tony Scott and composer Hans Zimmer, it could have been their second and maybe even third movie. Scott wanted Zimmer to score his previous films Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) and Revenge (1990), but since Zimmer was more or less an unknown in Hollywood at that time, the producers instead went with more known composers. See more »

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While racing at Phoenix (a flat track), footage is shown of a high banked track. See more »

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Tim Daland: We messed up big time on Sunday. I had sponsors in thew stands and I'm huggin' and holdin' hands and kissin'em in the ears and prayin' for a good showin'. And what do we do? We end up lookin' like a monkey fuckin' a football out there. Everybody out, PLEASE.
[Everyone gets up]
Tim Daland: [to Cole and Harry] ... Except you two. I've got a question. What is the one thing you absolutely need to do to win a race?
Harry Hogge: That's pretty damn obvious...
Tim Daland: You keep quiet.
[to Cole]
Tim Daland: You need to finish the race!
Cole Trickle: Tim, I realize ...
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Referenced in Top Gear: Yeti Road Test (2011) See more »

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Trail of Broken Hearts
Written by Richie Sambora, Thomas Marolda (as Thomas J. Marolda) and Bruce Stephen Foster
Performed by Cher
Produced by Richie Sambora
Cher courtesy of Geffen Records
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Fun Film But Lots of Goofs
26 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like NASCAR, and I enjoyed Days of Thunder. The opening sequence at the Daytona 500 gives me goosebumps and makes me want to crank up the surround sound - a homage to NASCAR, the late 80s, and Americana. There were other fun sequences in the movie, like when Cole Trickle is crashing his car every week and when his crew played a prank on him after winning his first race. The movie came out during the height of the "Tom Cruise is Cool" era. And, Cruise is cool in this movie. Robert Duvall, who plays his crew chief, is even better in the film.

That said, there were so many errors in this film, it's laughable. The racing shots were taken from real races, and the film editing did a poor job of disguising real race cars (like Dale Earnhardt's No. 3) for fictional ones. The timing is off. There's a scene where Tom Cruise is talking but his lips don't move. There's another scene where a character in the movie calls him Tom instead of Cole - really inexcusable that a error that big was missed. The scenes of cars ramming into one another while leading the race wouldn't be possible in reality: they would wreck or cause too much damage to remain at top speed.

By conventional standards, it's a terrible movie. But, somehow, it's still a fun movie! Action on the race track is similar to the action in the sky in Top Gun. If you're up for a little escapism and wish fulfillment, then Days of Thunder lives up to the billing. But, if you're a critical viewer, you won't be impressed by this film - unless you're looking for ways to laugh at its mistakes.


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