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Days of Thunder (1990)

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A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.

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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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driver | car | team | nascar | rookie | See All (115) »

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Cruise like Thunder. See more »

Genres:

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:

Días de trueno 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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Runtime:

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

The actor that plays Dr. Wilhaire (seen briefly in the scene when Rowdy is in the hospital) is the same one who plays Tom Cruise's adversary, Dr. Bruner, in Rain Man (1988). See more »

Goofs

When the tractor trailer is pulled over, the shot of the cop car behind the trailer shows the sun setting but still plenty of light. When the trailer and cop car are both on the side of the road the shot with the crew all getting lined up against the trailer the sun is completely down and it is completely dark outside. See more »

Quotes

[During a pit stop]
Harry Hogge: All right. While we're still under a caution, I want you to go back out on that track and hit the pace car.
Cole Trickle: Hit the pace car?
Harry Hogge: Hit the pace car.
Cole Trickle: What for?
Harry Hogge: Because you've hit every other goddamned thing out there, I want you to be perfect.
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Connections

Featured in Maria McKee: Show Me Heaven (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Show Me Heaven
Written by Jay Rifkin, Eric Rackin and Maria McKee
Performed by Maria McKee
Produced by Peter Asher
Maria McKee courtesy of Geffen Records
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Fun Film But Lots of Goofs
26 May 2009 | by msmarySee all my reviews

I like NASCAR, and I enjoyed Days of Thunder. The opening sequence at the Daytona 500 gives me goosebumps and makes me want to crank up the surround sound - a homage to NASCAR, the late 80s, and Americana. There were other fun sequences in the movie, like when Cole Trickle is crashing his car every week and when his crew played a prank on him after winning his first race. The movie came out during the height of the "Tom Cruise is Cool" era. And, Cruise is cool in this movie. Robert Duvall, who plays his crew chief, is even better in the film.

That said, there were so many errors in this film, it's laughable. The racing shots were taken from real races, and the film editing did a poor job of disguising real race cars (like Dale Earnhardt's No. 3) for fictional ones. The timing is off. There's a scene where Tom Cruise is talking but his lips don't move. There's another scene where a character in the movie calls him Tom instead of Cole - really inexcusable that a error that big was missed. The scenes of cars ramming into one another while leading the race wouldn't be possible in reality: they would wreck or cause too much damage to remain at top speed.

By conventional standards, it's a terrible movie. But, somehow, it's still a fun movie! Action on the race track is similar to the action in the sky in Top Gun. If you're up for a little escapism and wish fulfillment, then Days of Thunder lives up to the billing. But, if you're a critical viewer, you won't be impressed by this film - unless you're looking for ways to laugh at its mistakes.


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