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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During filming of the "ambush", where Cochrane ambushs Murphy's Blue Thunder at that incomplete skyscraper, the MD-500 Defender (the one Cochrane flew) had an engine failure and had to auto-rotate to a landing below. Fortunately, the parking lot was cleared and the pilot walked away uninjured, and the helicopter was only slightly damaged. 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
Grab your ankles and kiss your ass goodbye Jafo. We're going down.
The end credits are played over a still image of Murphy walking away from the wreckage of Blue Thunder. See more
A voyeurism sequence has Murphy and Lymangood hovering near a window to spy on a limber girl doing a nude workout. The TV version has an alternate sequence with the same girl working out in bikini underwear and doing different moves. See more
Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Robot Jox
Theme From Blue Thunder (Murphy's Law)
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 Evan Pace
Associate Produced by Reno Romano See more