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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Russ Wheeler
Big John
Buck Bretherton
J.C. Quinn ...
Jennie Burns
Darlene (as Donna Wilson)
Harlem Hoogerhyde
Cole's Crew
Cole's Crew


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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Release Date:

27 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de trueno  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)


$82,670,733 (USA)

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(analog 70 mm prints)| (digital 35 mm and 70 mm prints)| (analog 35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the "Making of..." documentary, Rowdy's Winston Cup Championship trophy is for 1984. The real-life champion for that year was Terry Labonte. See more »


At Cole's first race at Daytona, the announcer called it the Firecracker 400. The Firecracker 400 was the name of this race from 1963 to 1984. It should have been called the Pepsi 400, as it was renamed for the third time in 1989. See more »


Rowdy Burns: You run good.
Cole Trickle: Thank you.
Rowdy Burns: Now go get your own car and we'll see how you do in a crowd.
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'Top Gun' Tom On The Ground
16 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Boy, Tom Cruise had that obnoxious character down pat for quite some time, didn't he? Here is yet another film in which he plays that type of annoying character you want to slap in the face (or something else). Yeah, if you liked Top Gun and his other "pretty-boy" films of this period - and some were pretty good, actually - you might like this. In fact, this film might be more popular now since NASCAR is televised so much more these days. This movie may get a new audience. Frankly, I could care less about auto racing, back then and now, but I don't hate it, I love most other sports and I like a good movie. This was only fair in all categories. Not bad; not good.

Racing fans tell me there wasn't a lot of realism with this and actual NASCAR events - mainly involving sponsorship - back then, but I was looking an entertaining film....and I like Robert Duvall as actor and don't mind gazing at Nicole Kidman (who can also act.) Michael Rooker and Randy Quaid usually portray interesting people, too.

It's basically a story about a guy who wants to prove himself on the race track, and I have no problem with that. It's not a memorable but it's not a waste of time either. You should be reasonably entertained.

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