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
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Did You Know?
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
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
[Icelan and Braddock are discussing Murphy
He checks his sanity with a wrist watch!
What do you check yours with, a dipstick?
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Referenced in Thunder Blade
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