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When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands. There is only one man who can get back the plane; the test-pilot Vince Conners. He and his partner Jannick pursues the Nova to Libya but when they land at the site their mission fails. Jannick has been captured and Conners is on the run. Without friends or allies they have to try to find the Nova without falling into the hands of the military regime and before Libyian terrorists uses the plane to bomb a meeting of the United Nations in Paris, with nerve gas. Written by Laurens Koehoorn <laurens.koehoorn@planetinternet.be>

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The World's Most Powerful Jet Fighter Is In Enemy Hands. Only One Man Can Steal It Back.

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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »
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22 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Black Thunder - Die Welt am Abgrund  »

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Shots of the SR-71 taking off are from Michael Dudikoff's Strategic Command (1997), and the scenes on board the aircraft carrier are from Dudikoff's Crash Dive. See more »

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The officer white uniforms are shown with collar devices and shoulder boards to display rank, collar devices are used on the khaki uniform not the white. The white uniform should have rank on the shoulder boards only. See more »

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Edited into Active Stealth (1999) See more »

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one of my favorite Dudikoff flicks
11 April 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

BLACK THUNDER isn't really a good movie, but it's definitely fun and is one of my favorite Dudikoff movies. Several of his movies have had interesting concepts, this one included: a prototype fighter jet with a stealth mode that hides it not just from radar, but from the human eye as well, rendering the plane completely invisible. When karate expert Richard Norton steals it, Michael Dudikoff is recruited to steal it back. Flying into enemy territory with an SR-71 and comedic sidekick Gary Hudson, Dudikoff sets out to recover the stolen aircraft, finding help from a local villager, BAYWATCH beauty Nancy Valen. (Sadly, that's a body double for Valen during the nude scene.) One of my favorite scenes is towards the end, when Dudikoff takes on a whole airfield full of enemy soldiers with a machine gun and a couple grenades. The climactic dogfight between Dudikoff and Norton has some cheapo effects (especially of that missile flying around), but it's all tongue-in-cheek fluff that can turn a rainy Saturday afternoon into something fun.


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