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Blue Thunder (1983)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 13 May 1983 (USA)
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The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Paul Roebling ...
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Montoya
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Ed Bernard ...
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Mario Machado ...
Mario Machado
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Alf Hewitt
Pat McNamara ...
Matusek
Jack Murdock ...
Clifford A. Pellow ...
Allen (as Clifford Pellow)
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Storyline

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. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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He's Out There... See more »


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13 May 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Relámpago azul  »

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During filming of the "ambush", where Cochrane ambushs Murphy's Blue Thunder at that incomplete skyscraper, the MD-5 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 »

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When Murphy goes home, he parks his car where there is a spectacular, overlooking view of the Los Angeles skyline in the background. This has to be an east to west view as there are no "heights" west of Los Angeles. In the view there is still light in the sky. The light must be from a sunset because, as we all know, the sun sets in the west. However, recall that Murphy works the night shift. In fact, when Kate arrives a few minutes later, the time of "three in the morning" in discussed. Obviously, the sun doesn't set in Los Angeles at 3 am. See more »

Quotes

[Icelan and Braddock are discussing Murphy]
Icelan: He checks his sanity with a wrist watch!
Jack Braddock: What do you check yours with, a dipstick?
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Connections

Referenced in Thunder Blade (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From Blue Thunder (Dance Version)
(uncredited)
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
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Great 80's Action
12 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

I was dying to see this when I was 13 but I was too young to get in at the pictures. I saw the trailer when I went to see Superman 3. I finally hired it on video and loved it. I think at the time, it was the look of the helicopter that I was drawn too. Big bulky and menacing. (The scene where we first see Blue Thunder with the sun rising behind it is sheer class.) I've got the DVD and always enjoy watching this film, I love Roy Scheider in most films he's in and he's excellent in this one. Also thought Daniel Stern was great as Murphy's observer. The series was quite cheezy but enjoyable in it's own way. Universal latched on to the super hi-tech helicopter theme as Airwolf followed soon afterwards. The helicopter in Airwolf was a Bell 222 whereas Blue Thunder was a converted Gazelle helicopter that was given a facelift to make it look bulky and menacing, a little bit like an Apache. Back to the movie. The plot is quite thin and there are a couple of scenes that are a bit far fetched but if you're looking for a film with good helicopter chase sequences in it, they don't come much better than this. Catch you later.


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