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Days of Thunder -- A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.

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27 June 1990 (USA) See more »
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You can't stop the thunder. See more »
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A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Cruise ... Cole Trickle

Nicole Kidman ... Dr. Claire Lewicki

Robert Duvall ... Harry Hogge

Randy Quaid ... Tim Daland

Cary Elwes ... Russ Wheeler

Michael Rooker ... Rowdy Burns

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Big John

John C. Reilly ... Buck Bretherton
J.C. Quinn ... Waddell

Don Simpson ... Aldo Bennedetti

Caroline Williams ... Jennie Burns

Donna W. Scott ... Darlene (as Donna Wilson)

Chris Ellis ... Harlem Hoogerhyde

Peter Appel ... Cole's Crew

Stephen Michael Ayers ... Cole's Crew
Mike Slattery ... Cole's Crew
John Griesemer ... Len Dortort

Barbara Garrick ... Lauren Daland

Gerald R. Molen ... Dr. Wilhaire (as Jerry Molen)
Tania Coleridge ... Russ Wheeler's Girlfriend
Alexandra Balahoutis ... Autograph Fan
Steve Boyd ... NASCAR Official
Daniel D. Greenwood ... ESPN Announcer

Jim Grimshaw ... Hardee's Pit Crew Chief
James Martin Jr. ... Field Doctor

Margo Martindale ... Donna
Michael Burgess ... Young Doctor
Jim Crowther ... Dr. Crowther
James D. Henson ... Doctor (as James D. Henson M.D.)
Cyndi Vicino ... Nurse
Shari Ellis ... Nurse

Leilani Sarelle ... Female Highway Patrol Officer
Xavier Coronel ... Orderly

Nick Searcy ... Highway Patrol Officer
Jerry Punch ... Himself (as Dr. Jerry Punch)
Neil Bonnett ... Himself
Harry P. Gant ... Himself
Rusty Wallace ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Ferda ... Goody's Pit Crew Member (uncredited)
Bob Jenkins ... Daytona Track Announcer (uncredited)

Richard Petty ... Himself (uncredited)
Toni Pilgreen ... VIP in Pits (uncredited)

Anthony Singleton ... NASCAR Fan (uncredited)

Michael Wayne Thomas ... ESPN Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Tony Scott 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Towne (story) and
Tom Cruise (story)

Robert Towne (screenplay)

Produced by
Jerry Bruckheimer .... producer
Gerald R. Molen .... executive producer
Don Simpson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
 
Cinematography by
Ward Russell (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones 
Chris Lebenzon 
Bert Lovitt 
Michael Tronick 
Stuart Waks 
Billy Weber 
 
Casting by
David Rubin 
 
Art Direction by
Benjamín Fernández  (as Benjamin Fernandez)
Thomas E. Sanders 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden 
 
Costume Design by
Susan Becker 
 
Makeup Department
Gabriel Borgo .... hair stylist (as Gabe Borgo)
Virginia G. Hadfield .... key hair stylist (as Virginia Hadfield)
Rick Sharp .... makeup supervisor
Sloan Smith .... hair consultant
Ellen Wong .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Gerald R. Molen .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Helfand .... second second assistant director
Scott Metcalfe .... second assistant director
Michael Neumann .... second assistant director
David Robertson .... additional second second assistant director
Jason Saville .... dga trainee
James W. Skotchdopole .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Cliff Bergman .... propmaker
Ron Breedlove .... propmaker
Klaus-Dieter Ernst .... paint foreperson (as Klaus Ernst)
Randy Gunter .... assistant property master (as Randy R. Gunter)
Ronald C. Jacobs .... lead person
Sherman Labby .... storyboard artist
Tony Leonardi .... stand-by painter
James Lima .... production illustrator
Joe Lozano .... propmaker
Brent Regan .... construction foreperson
Terry Scott .... general construction foreperson
John Villarino .... construction coordinator
Mike Villarino .... general construction foreperson
Gerald Wade .... assistant property master
Mark Wade .... property master
Roger Winiger .... propmaker
Chris Zimmerman .... propmaker
Clyde Zimmerman .... paint supervisor
Cary Conway .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Herman McEachin .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... foley editor (as Sandina Bailo Lape)
John Benson .... sound effects editor
Pamela Bentkowski .... sound effects editor
James Beshears .... a.d.r. editor
Noah Blough .... dialogue editor
Irene Bowers .... assistant sound editor
Fred Burke .... foley editor
Ed Callahan .... sound effects editor
Larry Carow .... dialogue editor (as Larry Carrow)
James Cavarretta .... recordist (as James J. Cavarretta)
Midge Costin .... sound effects editor
David DeGeus .... assistant sound editor (as Dave DeGeus)
Jay Dranch .... a.d.r. editor
Ezra Dweck .... sound effects recordist
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Thom Ehle)
Juno J. Ellis .... supervising a.d.r. editor
John P. Fasal .... Sound Effects Recording and Additional Effects by (as John Paul Fasal)
Howell Gibbens .... sound effects editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... additional re-recording mixer
Cecelia Hall .... supervising sound editor (as Cecilia Hall)
Frank Howard .... sound effects editor
Robert Hyams .... assistant sound editor
Chris Ingram .... assistant sound editor
James J. Isaacs .... dialogue editor (as Jim Isaacs)
Ken J. Johnson .... sound effects recordist
Jack Keller .... recordist
Rick Kline .... re-recording mixer
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor (as Michael McGill)
Victoria Martin .... supervising foley editor
Harry B. Miller III .... dialogue editor (as Harry Miller)
F. Hudson Miller .... sound effects editor
Donald O. Mitchell .... re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell .... re-recording mixer
Donald Ortiz .... assistant sound editor
R.J. Palmer .... sound effects editor
Cheryl Pruet .... sound effects librarian (as Cheryl L. Pruet)
Steve Richardson .... foley editor
Greg P. Russell .... additional re-recording mixer
Christopher C. Schiavo .... apprentice sound editor
Kenneth Schwarz .... boom operator (as Ken Schwartz)
Corinne Sessarego .... adr editor (as Corinne H. Sessarego)
John Sheridan .... second boom operator
Craig Sims .... assistant sound editor
Beth Sterner .... sound effects editor
Marcy Stoeven .... apprentice sound editor
George Watters II .... supervising sound editor
Gordon Webb .... second boom operator
Charles M. Wilborn .... production sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
Karen G. Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Karen Wilson)
Greg Curda .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Sandy Gendler .... sound editor (uncredited)
Matthew Harrison .... foley editor (uncredited)
Jack Tucker .... adr editor (uncredited)
Mark Weber .... boom operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Danny Lester .... special effects crew (as Dan Lester)
Steve Luport .... special effects crew
Frank Tucker .... special effects crew
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects coordinator
Al Wininger .... special effects assistant (as Al Winiger)
 
Stunts
Tom Bahr .... stunts
Chick Bernhard .... driving stunt double: Tom Cruise (as Chick Bernhardt)
Steve Boyum .... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (as Bill Burton Jr.)
Steven Chambers .... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Clarke Coleman .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Eddy Donno .... stunts (as Eddie Donno)
Alex Edlin .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunt double: Tom Cruise
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Richard M. Ellis .... stunts (as Richard Miller Ellis)
Gary Epper .... stunts
Richard Epper .... stunts
Steve Holladay .... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts (as Hank Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Gary Hymes .... stunts
Tony Kahana .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunts
Pat McGroarty .... stunts
Gary McLarty .... stunt coordinator
John Meier .... stunts
Bob Orrison .... stunts
Chad Randall .... stunts
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (as Ronald Rondell)
R.A. Rondell .... stunts
Ric Roman Waugh .... stunts (as Ric Waugh)
Rhonda Waymire .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Scott Wilder .... stunt double: Tom Cruise
Scott Wilder .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
Bob Bragg .... stunts (uncredited)
Gigi Collins .... stunt double: Nicole Kidman (uncredited)
Allan Padelford .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Greg Sacks .... driving stunt double: Mr. Cruise (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Barber .... first assistant camera
Dan Delgado .... chief lighting technician (as Danny Delgado)
Bill Finger .... second assistant camera (as William Finger)
Vance Gage .... dolly grip
Anthony Gaudioz .... camera operator (as Tony Gaudioz)
Michael Genne .... camera operator (as Michael A. Genne)
Warren Burke Gerrard .... electrician (as Warren Gerrard)
Thomas Gibson .... grip (as Tom Gibson)
Richard Jones .... grip
John Kirk .... electrician
Hilary Klym .... grip
Greg Langham .... chief rigging electrician
Frank Mathews .... assistant chief lighting technician
William McConnell .... first assistant camera
Charles Mills .... additional photographer
Paul Murphey .... video assist operator
Allan Padelford .... hi-speed camera car
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator
J. Michael Popovich .... first company grip
Gregory J. Schmidt .... supervising first assistant camera (as Gregory Schmidt)
John Skotchdopole .... second assistant camera
Larry Sweet .... second company grip
Robert Ulland .... Steadicam operator (as Bob Ulland)
Stephen Vaughan .... still photographer
Steve Adcock .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ben Bardin .... grip (uncredited)
Terry Bishop .... grip (uncredited)
Bruce Bullock .... electrician (uncredited)
David S. Campbell .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
David S. Campbell .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Chuck Cohen .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
C.W. Fallin .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... musco light operator (uncredited)
John T. Martin .... car mount grip (uncredited)
Mark Meyers .... grip (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Pickelsimer .... electrician (uncredited)
Troy Pressley .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: additional camera (uncredited)
Riko Schatke .... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Scott .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Carl A. Vidnic .... electrician (uncredited)
Greg Walters .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... location casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon .... location casting (as Lisa Mae Wells Fincannon)
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Debra Zane .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Winnie D. Brown .... costume supervisor
Dawn Y. Line .... costumer (as Dawn Line)
Alfonso Renteria .... tailor
Gary Sampson .... costumer
James W. Tyson .... costume supervisor
Pat Wilcox .... seamstress
Lois DeArmond .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Wingate Jones .... costumer (uncredited)
Mark Peterson .... key costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Tony Ciccone .... apprentice editor (as Tony S. Ciccone)
Daniel Craven .... apprentice editor (as Daniel S. Craven)
Craig Galloway .... assistant editor
Ron Lambert .... color timer
Hope Moskowitz .... assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski .... color timer
Lauren A. Schaffer .... associate editor
Christian Wagner .... first assistant editor (as Christian Adam Wagner)
 
Location Management
Robert Doyle .... location manager
 
Music Department
Bruce Fowler .... additional orchestrator
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Christopher Kennedy .... music mixer
Kathy Nelson .... music consultant for the album
Jay Rifkin .... score mixer
Shirley Walker .... conductor
Shirley Walker .... orchestrator
David Campbell .... arranger/orchestrator/conductor (uncredited)
Orion Crawford .... song transcriber (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dave Amberik .... driver (as David Amberik)
Steve Bunyea .... driver
Robert Collins .... driver (as Bob Collins)
Richard A. Davis .... driver (as Richard Davis)
Andy DeNicholas .... driver
John Feinblatt .... picture car coordinator
Dennis Freudenberg .... driver
David Garris .... driver (as Dave Garris)
Judge Harrison .... driver
Marlo Hellerstein .... driver captain
Lorin Jordan .... driver
David Marder .... transportation coordinator
Billy Ramirez .... driver
Greg Sacks .... race car driver
Jim Sullivan .... driver
John J. Sullivan .... transportation captain
David Turner .... driver
Greg Van Dyke .... driver captain
Doug Wilson .... driver
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Michael Avallon .... driver (uncredited)
Joseph Bearman .... unit driver (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Douglas Aarniokoski .... assistant: Mr. Cruise
Todd J. Adelman .... first aid (as Todd Adelman)
Nan Allendorfer .... video research
Amy Andrews .... production assistant
Tiffany Bertolami .... computer specialist
Michael Bircumshaw .... production assistant
Nancy Blewer .... production secretary
Darcy Bowman .... production assistant
Steve Boyd .... race car coordinator
Lorion Bunyea .... production assistant
Beth Cahn .... assistant: Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson
Deborah Cahn .... assistant: Mr. Simpson
Paul A. Calabria .... animal trainer (as Paul Calabria)
Dan Curry .... title designer
James Dew .... animal handler (as Jim Dew)
Daniel T. Dorrance .... production assistant
Andrea Doven .... assistant: Mr. Cruise (as Andrea Morse)
Kirsten Everberg .... assistant: Susan Becker
Carolyn Freeman .... liasion: NASCAR
Sue Frey .... assistant: Mr. Cruise
Frank Granado .... production assistant
Dan Greenwood .... racing consultant
Pat Hall .... location contact
Crystal Hawkins .... assistant production accountant
Tracy Hendershott .... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Rick Hendrick .... technical advisor
Harry Hyde .... technical advisor
Jimmy Johnson .... technical advisor
Larry K. Johnson .... script supervisor (as Larry Johnson)
Karla Kurz .... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Ernest H. Lauterio .... craft service (as Ernie Lauterio)
Vanessa Norris .... assistant: Mr. Scott
Heidi Ann Odum .... assistant production coordinator
Bob Orsi .... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Olivia Patton .... production assistant
Paul Payette .... assistant: Mr. Scott
Brigitte Prochaska .... unit publicist
Jerry Punch .... technical advisor (as Dr. Jerry Punch)
Kenny Rivenbark .... remote head technician
Greg Sacks .... race car advisor
Kevin Schmidt .... production assistant
Jake Scott .... production assistant
David Thorne .... assistant: Mr. Simpson
Allen Tinkley .... location contact
Diana Tinkley .... production office coordinator
Jim Turner .... production accountant (as James Turner)
Jeff Vine .... production assistant
James L. Wiggins .... production assistant (as Jim Wiggins)
Brad Wilson .... assistant: Robert Duvall
Frank D. Woodward .... caterer (as Frank Woodward)
Jillian Amburgey .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Karolyn Austen-Povorotney .... script supervisor (uncredited)
George Halstead .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Robert Lamkin .... caterer (uncredited)
Denyse Rossi .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Matthew Schmidt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tony Suber .... teamster (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
107 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (analog 70 mm prints) | CDS (digital 35 mm and 70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (analog 35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-10 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:MG6 (re-rating) | Norway:10 | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:12 (theatrical rating) | South Korea:18 (video rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:12 (original rating) | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (re-rating) (2013) | UK:15 (video rating) (1991) | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:12 (w)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Harry is telling Cole what happened to Buddy, Harry and Cole are standing at opposite ends of the car, when Cole walks away, they've switched positions.See more »
Quotes:
Rowdy Burns:[after arriving at the hospital after the accident at Daytona] Go screw yourself.
Dr. Claire Lewicki:What was that Mr. Burns?
Rowdy Burns:I wouldn't tell you to do that, doc.
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Soundtrack:
The Last Note of FreedomSee more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The Need For More Speed, 6 January 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

If I had to guess the genesis for Days of Thunder had its place in two areas. First the fact that Top Gun proved to be such a mega-hit for Tom Cruise that a similar film was almost dictated to be made by Paramount. But secondly it was reported that on the set of The Color of Money, co-star Paul Newman got Cruise interested in auto racing so you put those two things together, Days of Thunder was almost a film that had to be made.

The film certainly has the feel of NASCAR to it and it takes its place along side such racing classics as Grand Prix, The Racers and Paul Newman's own film, Winning. The story is the teaming of young rookie sensation Cruise and top mechanic Robert Duvall.

Tom's character is a whole lot like the young fighter pilot in Top Gun, a kid with a world of confidence and the ability to make his brag become fact. He's a driver by instinct not knowing a whole lot about the mechanics of a racing car. That's the way he and Duvall complement each other although it's not an easy relationship.

Days of Thunder is also the film on which Tom met Mrs. Cruise number two, Nicole Kidman. She's a neurologist who gets to treat Tom after a crash and also drops the hammer on Cruise's rival Michael Rooker and his career after a serious head injury.

There are also some nice performances by Randy Quaid as the stock car owner and Cary Elwes as another of Cruise's rival drivers.

Fred Dalton Thompson, District Attorney of New York County on Law and Order, former United States Senator, and would be President of the United States is in the cast as the head of NASCAR. If the political thing doesn't work out for Fred, he certainly has the presence and authority to be a baseball commissioner. They'll certainly need another Judge Landis in that job to restore some integrity to that sport.

Days of Thunder got an Academy Award nomination for Sound Recording and it's a good followup film for Top Gun.

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