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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

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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

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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 man who drove for Harry Hogge, prior to Cole, was named Buddy Bretherton. In the movie, they mention he died hitting the wall at Daytona. Harry also mentions that Buddy heard voices while driving. Buddy Bretherton is probably based on NASCAR driver Bobby Isaac, who drove for crew chief Harry Hyde. Issac claimed to have heard voices telling him to get out of the race car or he would die. So he pulled the car off the track and quit. Isaac died several years later from a heart attack, while driving in a 1977 Late Model Sportsman race at Hickory Motor Speedway with twenty-five laps left. See more »

Goofs

During the race in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Russ Wheeler slams Coles car into the trackside wall and he spins off, Cole can clearly be heard saying, "Son-of-a-bitch!" and yet his lips don't move. See more »

Quotes

[Cole is being searched by a female trooper who notices he has an erection]
Female Trooper: Looks like we found something.
Male Trooper: What's that?
Female Trooper: A concealed weapon.
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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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