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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cole Trickle
... Dr. Claire Lewicki
... Harry Hogge
... Tim Daland
... Russ Wheeler
... Rowdy Burns
... Big John
... Buck Bretherton
... Waddell
... Aldo Bennedetti
... Jennie Burns
... Darlene (as Donna Wilson)
... Harlem Hoogerhyde
... Cole's Crew
... Cole's Crew
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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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Action | Drama | Sport

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27 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de trueno  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$82,670,733

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,900,000
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2.39 : 1
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Production began without a finished script. Scenes were often written the day of filming. During one driving sequence, Tom Cruise actually had to read his lines off cue cards attached to his windshield, which resulted in a minor car accident. For subsequent driving sequences, Cruise was fitted with a special earpiece to have lines fed to him. See more »

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In the clip from the race at Rockingham, N.C., you can see the beginning of the sign that says "Daytona USA" on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Claire Lewicki: You and Rowdy have the same sickness, it's called denial and it's probably going to kill you both.
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Show Me Heaven
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Performed by Maria McKee
Produced by Peter Asher
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Comes on like thunder.
6 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent film about the trials of youth and the power of forgiveness.

Tom Cruise's depiction of race car driver Cole Trickle is a spot-on reinterpretation of Orson Welles' character from Citizen Kane. The chemistry between Cruise and costar Michael Rooker is undeniable, and some would say that despite the fact that Cruise actually rooks Rooker, they are both winners in this film.

There is also a very agreeable Rawlsian undertone to the story, channeled through Robert Duvall's character Harry Hogge. Much credit to screenwriter Robert Towne for incorporating such an important philosophical idea in a film that may otherwise have wandered into predictable summer blockbuster territory.

This film comes on your chest like thunder. Go see it immediately.


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