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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Did You Know?
In the sequence where Kate had just crashed through the door at the drive-in theater and two police cars spun out, you can see that one of the police cars comes very close to the camera. What you might not know was that a Japanese man, studying under cinematographer John A. Alonzo
was acting as a cameraman. The spinning police car would have hit him if not for a key grip. Who grabbed his cameraman's waist belt from the back and yanked him right off his feet. Saving him from being mowed down. See more
During Murphy and Lymangood's night test flight, the numeral "2" on Blue Thunder appears backwards in one exterior shot. See more
Big Brother: on or off?
What's Big Brother?
The cabin mike. It records everything we say.
I think we can lose that.
"For Warren Oates, with love for all the joy you gave us." See more
There are at least two versions of the movie differing in soundtrack. One version features an orchestral/piano version of the theme for the final credits (seen on German television), another version features a synthesizer version with drums for the final credits (seen on US DVD release). See more
Featured in Doctor Who: Dalek
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