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Blue Thunder 

An advanced prototype police helicopter and their ground support crew battle crime.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
James Farentino ...  Frank Chaney 11 episodes, 1984
Dana Carvey ...  Clinton 'JAFO' Wonderlove 11 episodes, 1984
Sandy McPeak ...  Captain Braddock 11 episodes, 1984
Dick Butkus ...  Richard 'Ski' Butowski 11 episodes, 1984
Bubba Smith ...  Lyman 'Bubba' Kelsey 11 episodes, 1984
Ann Cooper ...  J.J. Douglas 10 episodes, 1984
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Storyline

Lt. Frank Chaney of the LAPD is a maverick cop with unorthodox methods who is assigned to the Blue Thunder Team, which uses a very advanced gadget-filled helicopter in its fight against crime. "Blue Thunder" is capable of great speed and maneuverability, can run silently in "whisper mode", and is armed with the most powerful weapons in development. His partner is a fresh-faced rookie with the improbable name of Wonderlove, and ground support is supplied by ex-athletes Ski and Bubba, who drive a sophisticated van. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das fliegende Auge See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(11 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Richard Lynch, who played the PVC in the pilot episode, also played the another villain in the season 3 premiere of another high tech attack helicopter show Airwolf. See more »

Quotes

PVC: Well what's that bird Chaney? You look like you're flying my Grandmother's old wringle washer!
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Connections

Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: D3: Judgment Day (1998) See more »

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A cop-out
8 March 2014 | by temlakos-1See all my reviews

Though this show was named after the movie, and even used the same model helicopter as the movie, it was nothing like the movie.

The whole point of the movie was to warn people about the over-militarization of big-city police departments, and about the dangerous scapegoat treatment given to the residents (usually minority residents) of a city's poorer quarters. In the half season this series ran, none of that survived. Instead, a sympathetic crew takes on the kind of case you never hear about in real life, because it never happens.

What a cop-out. At least Airwolf had a more believable basic premise, and ironically came closer to the premise of the Roy Scheider movie: just because the government has a cool gadget, doesn't mean what the government means to do with it is just as cool.

Then again, the movie was thirty-one years ahead of its time. This series was a product of its time, just as shallow, and suffering even more for its hackneyed writing and the wooden performances of its regulars.


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