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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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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 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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Trivia

In the beginning of the film, the announcer introduces driver Aldo Bennedetti from Reading, Pennsylvania. This character is most likely a reference to real-life driver Mario Andretti. Both are of Italian descent, Mario's brother is named Aldo, and Mario is from Nazareth, Pennsylvania. See more »

Goofs

Both the rental cars apparently sustain damage when Cole and Rowdey are racing them to the restaurant, but in many shots they appear untouched. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Claire Lewicki: Boy, you're very quick.
Cole Trickle: You oughta see me drive.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Mutiny (1997) See more »

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Show Me Heaven
Written by Jay Rifkin, Eric Rackin and Maria McKee
Performed by Maria McKee
Produced by Peter Asher
Maria McKee courtesy of Geffen Records
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Cole Trickle and his gang are here to PUMP...YOU...UP!
13 October 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

This film has the worst cast of characters ever. I'm not necessarily speaking of actors, just the names of the people they portray. I mean, come on, Cole Trickle is bad enough (sounds like a gay hero's alter ego), but look at the rest of the names listed in this film: Harry Hogge, Claire Lewicki, Tim Daland, Russ Wheeler, Rowdy Burns, Big John, Buck Bretherton, Waddell, Aldo Bennedetti, Harlem Hoogerhyde...

It sounds like the screenwriter was too lazy to look up commonly used names so he just used his daughter's bedtime book: Harlem Hoogerhyde? Buck Bretherton? Harry Hogge? DID ANYONE LOOK AT THIS SCRIPT?! Didn't Robert Duvall stop and say, "Hey, Harry Hogge sounds like the name of a pig from a lame children's book!"

Apart from the rhyming names, we've got people like Rowdy Burns. Look, here's a hint. If you're making a movie about race car drivers, do NOT name the bad guy "Rowdy." And don't give him such an obvious last name. I mean, couldn't they have come up with something subtler than "Wheeler"?

How about Harlem Hoogerhyde? I can't make up my mind. Either he's from Harlem, or he's about to snort a booger on Tom Cruise. What do you think?

Claire Lewicki rhymes with "icky," and that's never a good thing. Then we finally come to Cole Trickle. This is probably the lamest name in the movie, which is sad considering it's the "hero's." It belongs in a gay porno flick.

And then there's the title of the film itself... "DAYS OF THUNDER"!!! Wow, that's powerful! Unfortunately, it too belongs in a gay porno film. The sequel could be called "The Adventures of Cole Trickle and Harry Hogge: DAYS OF POUNDING." The only good thing about this film was the inclusion of Guns N' Roses' cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" on the soundtrack.


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