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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:

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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Trivia

Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall characters are (very) loosely based on former driver Tim Richmond and his crew chief Harry Hyde. Richmond was known as an overnight sensation, and Hyde was the veteran crew chief. The scene where Duvall's character teaches Cruise about tire management is based on an actual incident between Hyde and Richmond, who died of A.I.D.S. complications the year before the film was released. See more »

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While racing at Phoenix (a flat track), footage is shown of a high banked track. See more »

Quotes

Big John: You're late.
Cole Trickle: We, uh, had, car trouble.
Big John: What kind of car trouble?
Cole Trickle: Uhhhhh...
Rowdy Burns: I believe it was the radiator. Wasn't it, Cole?
[grins]
Cole Trickle: Yes, Rowdy, I believe it was.
[returns grin]
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Referenced in The House Bunny (2008) See more »

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Thunderbox
Written and Produced by Miss Apollo Smile and The Groove Commander
Performed by Apollo Smile
Apollo Smile courtesy of DGC
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I feel the need, the need for Speed
12 February 2007 | by See 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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