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Days of Thunder (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 27 June 1990 (USA)
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A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

Robert Towne (story), Tom Cruise (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Cole Trickle
Nicole Kidman ... Dr. Claire Lewicki
Robert Duvall ... Harry Hogge
Randy Quaid ... Tim Daland
Cary Elwes ... Russ Wheeler
Michael Rooker ... Rowdy Burns
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Big John
John C. Reilly ... Buck Bretherton
J.C. Quinn ... Waddell
Don Simpson ... Aldo Bennedetti
Caroline Williams ... Jennie Burns
Donna W. Scott ... Darlene (as Donna Wilson)
Chris Ellis ... Harlem Hoogerhyde
Peter Appel ... Cole's Crew
Stephen Michael Ayers ... Cole's Crew
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Storyline

Cole Trickle enters the high-pressure world of Nascar racing. He's a hot driver with a hot temper, and this attitude gets him into trouble not only with other drivers, but members of his own team as well. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Cruise like Thunder. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Days of Thunder See more »

Filming Locations:

Bristol, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$82,670,733

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,900,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (analog 70 mm prints)| CDS (digital 35 mm and 70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (analog 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Cruise wanted Kurt Russell for the role of Rowdy Burns. It was through Cruise that Russell became aware of Backdraft (1991). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, just after the crew fixes "Cole"'s transmission and sends him back on the track, he pulls in front of the pace car as he exits pit road. Harry tells him to be at max speed at the drop of the green flag. Then you see the pace car pull off the track and the green flag drop. The exit to pit road at Daytona is between the Start/Finish line and Turn 1. Cole would be traveling at about 185mph, while the pace car and field are traveling at 65mph. He would've caught up to the back of the back of the pack before the pace car even made it to Turn 3 and Cole would've been at the tail end of the lead lap. See more »

Quotes

[talking to the chassis]
Harry Hogge: I'm gonna give you an engine low to the ground... extra thick oil pan to cut the wind from underneath you. It'll give you thirty or forty more horsepower. I'm gonna give you a fuel line that'll hold an extra gallon of gas. I'm gonna shave half an inch off you and shape you like a bullet. I'll get you primed, painted and weighed, and you'll be ready to go out on that racetrack. Hear me? You're gonna be perfect.
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Connections

Referenced in Motormouth: Episode #4.9 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Hearts in Trouble
Written by Bill Champlin, Dennis Matrosky and Kevin Dukes
Performed by Chicago
Produced by Bill Champlin and Bennis Matrosky
Chicago courtesy of Reprise Records
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I feel the need, the need for Speed
12 February 2007 | by LuboLarssonSee all my reviews

The producers, director and star of Top Gun get together again for this above average racing drama. Its nowhere near as good as Top Gun of course but its no disaster. Tom Cruise is good as the daftly named racing driver Cole Trickle and the ever reliable Robert Duvall offers classy support. Michael Rooker is excellent as Toms rival and Randy Quaid shows a more serious side to those who only know him from the Vacation movies. Surprisingly the usually good Nicole Kidman is rather bland as the love interest although to be fair she's not given a heck of a lot to work with. The music is of course all important in a movie like this and it has a pretty good soundtrack including Maria McKee's Number One hit Show Me Heaven, but again Top Gun had a much better soundtrack with Hans Zimmmer no match for Harold Faltermeyer. Tony Scott directs with his usual style, if you have seen Top Gun or Beverly Hills Cop 2 you'll no what to expect, very flashy and VERY LOUD. With a slightly less predictable story this could have been a lot better but as it is its a pretty enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours.


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