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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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Big John
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Buck Bretherton
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Jennie Burns
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Darlene (as Donna Wilson)
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Harlem Hoogerhyde
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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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You can't outrun the thunder. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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27 June 1990 (USA)  »

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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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The cars used as those of Cole Trickle, Rowdy Burns, and Russ Wheeler were provided by Hendrick Motorsports, with racers Greg Sacks, Bobby Hamilton, and Hut Stricklin as the stand-in drivers. In order to provide authentic race footage involving the cars, these cars were actually raced on three occasions. In late 1989, Hamilton and Sacks raced at Phoenix. Bobby Hamilton officially qualified fifth, and led a lap before his engine blew. In 1990, the cars were raced again at Daytona and Darlington. Greg Sacks drove a car during the Busch Clash, while Sacks and Hamilton drove unscored entries in the Daytona 500. At Darlington, Hut Stricklin and Greg Sacks drove two of the cars, but both were pulled from the race early, after Sacks broke a crankshaft. See more »

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In the shop scene where Cole Trickle is talking to the doctor you can clearly see what is Derrike Cope's purolator car through the window. See more »

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Dr. Claire Lewicki: Control is an illusion, you infantile egomaniac. Nobody knows what's gonna happen next: not on a freeway, not in an airplane, not inside our own bodies and certainly not on a racetrack with 40 other infantile egomaniacs.
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Moon River
Written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer
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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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