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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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Russ Wheeler
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Big John
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Buck Bretherton
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Waddell
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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'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 <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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driver | car | team | nascar | rookie | See All (115) »

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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)

Gross:

$82,670,733 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Big John tells Cole and Rowdy they will drive to dinner together is based on an actual meeting Bill France, Sr. had in the 1980s between Dale Earnhardt and Geoff Bodine. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, just after the crew fixes "Cole"'s transmission and sends him back on the track, he pulls in front of the pace car as he exits pit road. Harry tells him to be at max speed at the drop of the green flag. Then you see the pace car pull off the track and the green flag drop. The exit to pit road at Daytona is between the Start/Finish line and Turn 1. Cole would be traveling at about 185mph, while the pace car and field are traveling at 65mph. He would've caught up to the back of the back of the pack before the pace car even made it to Turn 3 and Cole would've been at the tail end of the lead lap. 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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Featured in Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman (2015) See more »

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You Gotta Love Someone
Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Elton John
Produced by Don Was
Elton John courtesy of MCA Records and Phonogram U.K. Limited
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Comes on like thunder.
6 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent film about the trials of youth and the power of forgiveness.

Tom Cruise's depiction of race car driver Cole Trickle is a spot-on reinterpretation of Orson Welles' character from Citizen Kane. The chemistry between Cruise and costar Michael Rooker is undeniable, and some would say that despite the fact that Cruise actually rooks Rooker, they are both winners in this film.

There is also a very agreeable Rawlsian undertone to the story, channeled through Robert Duvall's character Harry Hogge. Much credit to screenwriter Robert Towne for incorporating such an important philosophical idea in a film that may otherwise have wandered into predictable summer blockbuster territory.

This film comes on your chest like thunder. Go see it immediately.


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