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

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Action | Drama | Sport

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27 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Trivia

According to Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Tom Cruise had a meeting with Dale Earnhardt, Sr. prior to the production of the film. It was rumored that Earnhardt was offered the role of Rowdy Burns, but he turned it down because he did not want to play the bad guy. See more »

Goofs

In the final Daytona 500, when Cole tells Harry, "I'm gonna make a hole to get through here" the car alongside Russ Wheeler changes from the #33 Skoal car to the #26 Quaker State car and back twice. See more »

Quotes

Tim Daland: You said you'd look at him.
Harry Hogge: I've looked at him.
Tim Daland: I paid twenty five hundred dollars to use this track today, Harry.
Cole Trickle: Forget it, he needs a brand name like Exkon or Richard Petty.
Harry Hogge: Well, I know a damn race driver when I see one.
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Referenced in Who's the Boss?: Days of Blunder (1991) See more »

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Knockin' on Heaven's Door
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'Top Gun' Tom On The Ground
16 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Boy, Tom Cruise had that obnoxious character down pat for quite some time, didn't he? Here is yet another film in which he plays that type of annoying character you want to slap in the face (or something else). Yeah, if you liked Top Gun and his other "pretty-boy" films of this period - and some were pretty good, actually - you might like this. In fact, this film might be more popular now since NASCAR is televised so much more these days. This movie may get a new audience. Frankly, I could care less about auto racing, back then and now, but I don't hate it, I love most other sports and I like a good movie. This was only fair in all categories. Not bad; not good.

Racing fans tell me there wasn't a lot of realism with this and actual NASCAR events - mainly involving sponsorship - back then, but I was looking an entertaining film....and I like Robert Duvall as actor and don't mind gazing at Nicole Kidman (who can also act.) Michael Rooker and Randy Quaid usually portray interesting people, too.

It's basically a story about a guy who wants to prove himself on the race track, and I have no problem with that. It's not a memorable but it's not a waste of time either. You should be reasonably entertained.


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