Blue Thunder is a specially modified helicopter. It is for police work, but is armed and designed to counter street insurgencies. Its makers want to show what it will do, but have to train Los Angeles Police pilot Frank Murphy to fly and use it in order to allow it to operate in the city. Murphy and the project pilot have differences going back to Vietnam. The conflict between them continues to heat up as Murphy begins to suspect that Blue Thunder is more than has been disclosed.
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Flying the most lethal weapon ever made... The Blue Thunder Special. At his fingertips, an infrared camera that can see right through your bedroom walls. A microphone that can record your most intimate conversations. And a 20mm electric cannon with six barrels that can turn your neighborhood into a raging inferno. But he's not headed for a war-torn country. He'll be cruising the skies of America. And only one man can stop him from using it on you.
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Did You Know?
After the original draft of the script was re-written, the character of Cochrane was added as a foil to Murphy and added the back story of Vietnam and their rivalry. Originally Bryan Brown
was cast to play Cochran, but had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict with the mini-series The Thorn Birds
(1983). Malcolm McDowell
was cast at the very last minute and was not aware that he had to fly in a helicopter as the Cochrane character has to in the film because of his fear of flying. Despite that, he still took the role and did fly inside the helicopter. See more
When Lymangood is being chased just before he is killed, his hands are taped together. After he is struck by the car and sprawls out on the pavement his hands are clearly free and apart. But when the EMTs are picking him up and putting him in the body bag, his hands are again taped together. See more
Col. F.E. Cochrane
[pointing with forefinger and thumb like a gun
Catch you later!
The end credits are played over a still image of Murphy walking away from the wreckage of Blue Thunder. See more
Followed by Blue Thunder
Theme From Blue Thunder (Dance Version)
Written by Arthur B. Rubinstein
(as Arthur Rubinstein)
Performed by Arthur B. Rubinstein
, Cynthia Morrow
, Brian Banks
and Anthony Marinelli
(as the Beepers)
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
& Brian Banks
Arranged by Reno Romano, Anthony Marinelli
, Brian Banks
& Evan Pace See more