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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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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$82,670,733 (USA)
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Quentin Tarantino said the film was his favorite big budget racing movie: "Yeah, yeah, you laugh, but seriously, I'm a big fan. To me Days of Thunder is the movie Grand Prix (1966) and Le Mans (1971) should have been. Sure, it had a big budget, big stars and a big director in Tony Scott, but it had the fun of those early AIP movies. I just don't think it works if you take the whole thing too seriously". See more »

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Many shots of the first race that Cole wins at a non-Daytona race clearly show the word Daytona on the walls of the track and the flagman's booth has it emblazoned on its side. See more »

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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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Referenced in The Simpsons: Saturdays of Thunder (1991) See more »

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Gimme Some Lovin'
Written by Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood and Spencer Davis
Performed by Spencer Davis
Courtesy of EMI Records/Island Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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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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