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Days of Thunder ()


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

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Cole Trickle
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Dr. Claire Lewicki
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Harry Hogge
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Tim Daland
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Russ Wheeler
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Rowdy Burns
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Big John
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Buck Bretherton
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Waddell
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Aldo Bennedetti
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Jennie Burns
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Darlene (as Donna Wilson)
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Harlem Hoogerhyde
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Cole's Crew
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Cole's Crew
Mike Slattery ...
Cole's Crew
John Griesemer ...
Len Dortort
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Lauren Daland
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Dr. Wilhaire (as Jerry Molen)
Tania Coleridge ...
Russ Wheeler's Girlfriend
Alexandra Balahoutis ...
Autograph Fan
Steve Boyd ...
NASCAR Official
Daniel D. Greenwood ...
ESPN Announcer
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Hardee's Pit Crew Chief
James Martin Jr. ...
Field Doctor
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Donna
Michael Burgess ...
Young Doctor
Jim Crowther ...
Dr. Crowther
James D. Henson ...
Doctor (as James D. Henson M.D.)
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Nurse
Shari Ellis ...
Nurse
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Female Highway Patrol Officer
Xavier Coronel ...
Orderly
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Highway Patrol Officer
Jerry Punch ...
Himself (as Dr. Jerry Punch)
Neil Bonnett ...
Himself
Harry P. Gant ...
Himself
Rusty Wallace ...
Himself
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Goody's Pit Crew Member (uncredited)
Bob Jenkins ...
Daytona Track Announcer (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited)
Toni Pilgreen ...
VIP in Pits (uncredited)
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NASCAR Fan (uncredited)
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ESPN Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tony Scott

Written by

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Robert Towne ... (story) and
Tom Cruise ... (story)
 
Robert Towne ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jerry Bruckheimer ... producer
Gerald R. Molen ... executive producer
Don Simpson ... producer

Music by

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Hans Zimmer

Cinematography by

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Ward Russell ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert C. Jones
Chris Lebenzon
Bert Lovitt
Michael Tronick
Stuart Waks
Billy Weber

Editorial Department

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Tony Ciccone ... apprentice editor (as Tony S. Ciccone)
Daniel Craven ... apprentice editor (as Daniel S. Craven)
Craig Galloway ... assistant editor
Ron Lambert ... color timer
Hope Moskowitz ... assistant editor
Bob Putynkowski ... color timer
Lauren A. Schaffer ... associate editor
Christian Wagner ... first assistant editor (as Christian Adam Wagner)

Casting By

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David Rubin

Art Direction by

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Benjamín Fernández ... (as Benjamin Fernandez)
Thomas E. Sanders

Set Decoration by

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Thomas L. Roysden

Costume Design by

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Susan Becker

Makeup Department

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Gabriel Borgo ... hair stylist (as Gabe Borgo)
Virginia G. Hadfield ... key hair stylist (as Virginia Hadfield)
Rick Sharp ... makeup supervisor
Sloan Smith ... hair consultant
Ellen Wong ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Gerald R. Molen ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Michael Helfand ... second second assistant director
Scott Metcalfe ... second assistant director
Michael Neumann ... second assistant director
David Robertson ... additional second second assistant director
Jason Saville ... dga trainee
James W. Skotchdopole ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Cliff Bergman ... propmaker
Ron Breedlove ... propmaker
Klaus-Dieter Ernst ... paint foreperson (as Klaus Ernst)
Randy Gunter ... assistant property master (as Randy R. Gunter)
Ronald C. Jacobs ... lead person
Sherman Labby ... storyboard artist
Tony Leonardi ... stand-by painter
James Lima ... production illustrator
Joe Lozano ... propmaker
Brent Regan ... construction foreperson
Terry Scott ... general construction foreperson
John Villarino ... construction coordinator
Mike Villarino ... general construction foreperson
Gerald Wade ... assistant property master
Mark Wade ... property master
Roger Winiger ... propmaker
Chris Zimmerman ... propmaker
Clyde Zimmerman ... paint supervisor
Cary Conway ... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Herman McEachin ... propmaker (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Sandina Bailo-Lape ... foley editor (as Sandina Bailo Lape)
John Benson ... sound effects editor
Pamela Bentkowski ... sound effects editor
James Beshears ... a.d.r. editor
Noah Blough ... dialogue editor
Irene Bowers ... assistant sound editor
Fred Burke ... foley editor
Ed Callahan ... sound effects editor
Larry Carow ... dialogue editor (as Larry Carrow)
James Cavarretta ... recordist (as James J. Cavarretta)
Midge Costin ... sound effects editor
David DeGeus ... assistant sound editor (as Dave DeGeus)
Jay Dranch ... a.d.r. editor
Ezra Dweck ... sound effects recordist
Thom 'Coach' Ehle ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Thom Ehle)
Juno J. Ellis ... supervising a.d.r. editor
John P. Fasal ... additional sound effects (as John Paul Fasal) / sound effects recordist (as John Paul Fasal)
Howell Gibbens ... sound effects editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush ... additional re-recording mixer
Cecelia Hall ... supervising sound editor (as Cecilia Hall)
Frank Howard ... sound effects editor
Robert Hyams ... assistant sound editor
Chris Ingram ... assistant sound editor
James J. Isaacs ... dialogue editor (as Jim Isaacs)
Ken J. Johnson ... sound effects recordist
Jack Keller ... recordist
Rick Kline ... re-recording mixer
Michael Magill ... dialogue editor (as Michael McGill)
Victoria Martin ... supervising foley editor
Harry B. Miller III ... dialogue editor (as Harry Miller)
F. Hudson Miller ... sound effects editor
Donald O. Mitchell ... re-recording mixer
Kevin O'Connell ... re-recording mixer
Donald Ortiz ... assistant sound editor
R.J. Palmer ... sound effects editor
Cheryl Pruet ... sound effects librarian (as Cheryl L. Pruet)
Steve Richardson ... foley editor
Greg P. Russell ... additional re-recording mixer
Christopher C. Schiavo ... apprentice sound editor
Kenneth Schwarz ... boom operator (as Ken Schwartz)
Corinne Sessarego ... adr editor (as Corinne H. Sessarego)
John Sheridan ... second boom operator
Craig Sims ... assistant sound editor
Beth Sterner ... sound effects editor
Marcy Stoeven ... apprentice sound editor
George Watters II ... supervising sound editor
Gordon Webb ... second boom operator
Charles M. Wilborn ... production sound mixer (as Charles Wilborn)
Karen G. Wilson ... dialogue editor (as Karen Wilson)
Greg Curda ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Sandy Gendler ... sound editor (uncredited)
Matthew Harrison ... foley editor (uncredited)
Jack Tucker ... adr editor (uncredited)
Mark Weber ... boom operator: second unit (uncredited)

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Danny Lester ... special effects crew (as Dan Lester)
Steve Luport ... special effects crew
Frank Tucker ... special effects crew
Thomas R. Ward ... special effects coordinator
Al Wininger ... special effects assistant (as Al Winiger)

Stunts

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Tom Bahr ... stunts
Chick Bernhard ... driving stunt double: Tom Cruise (as Chick Bernhardt)
Steve Boyum ... stunts
William H. Burton Jr. ... stunts (as Bill Burton Jr.)
Steven Chambers ... stunts (as Steve Chambers)
Clarke Coleman ... stunts
Steve M. Davison ... stunts (as Steve Davison)
Eddy Donno ... stunts (as Eddie Donno)
Alex Edlin ... stunts
Tom Elliott ... stunt double: Tom Cruise
David R. Ellis ... stunts (as David Ellis)
Richard M. Ellis ... stunts (as Richard Miller Ellis)
Gary Epper ... stunts
Richard Epper ... stunts
Steve Holladay ... stunts
Billy Hank Hooker ... stunts (as Hank Hooker)
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunts
Norman Howell ... stunts
Gary Hymes ... stunts
Tony Kahana ... stunts
Carey Loftin ... stunts
Pat McGroarty ... stunts
Gary McLarty ... stunt coordinator
John Meier ... stunts
Bob Orrison ... stunts
Chad Randall ... stunts
J.N. Roberts ... stunts
Danny Rogers ... stunts
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... stunts (as Ronald Rondell)
R.A. Rondell ... stunts
Ric Roman Waugh ... stunts (as Ric Waugh)
Rhonda Waymire ... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder ... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Scott Wilder ... stunt double: Tom Cruise / stunts
Dick Ziker ... stunts
Bob Bragg ... stunts (uncredited)
Gigi Collins ... stunt double: Nicole Kidman (uncredited)
Allan Padelford ... stunt driver (uncredited)
Greg Sacks ... driving stunt double: Mr. Cruise (uncredited)
Kevin Ward ... stunt driver (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jamie Barber ... first assistant camera
Dan Delgado ... chief lighting technician (as Danny Delgado)
Bill Finger ... second assistant camera (as William Finger)
Vance Gage ... dolly grip
Anthony Gaudioz ... camera operator (as Tony Gaudioz)
Michael Genne ... camera operator (as Michael A. Genne)
Warren Burke Gerrard ... electrician (as Warren Gerrard)
Thomas Gibson ... grip (as Tom Gibson)
Richard Jones ... grip
John Kirk ... electrician
Hilary Klym ... grip
Greg Langham ... chief rigging electrician
Frank Mathews ... assistant chief lighting technician
William McConnell ... first assistant camera
Charles Mills ... additional photographer
Paul Murphey ... video assist operator
Allan Padelford ... hi-speed camera car
Aaron Pazanti ... camera operator
J. Michael Popovich ... first company grip
Gregory J. Schmidt ... supervising first assistant camera (as Gregory Schmidt)
John Skotchdopole ... second assistant camera
Larry Sweet ... second company grip
Robert Ulland ... steadicam operator (as Bob Ulland)
Stephen Vaughan ... still photographer
Steve Adcock ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Ben Bardin ... grip (uncredited)
Terry Bishop ... grip (uncredited)
Bruce Bullock ... electrician (uncredited)
David S. Campbell ... first assistant camera (uncredited) / first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Chuck Cohen ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
C.W. Fallin ... camera operator (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke ... musco light operator (uncredited)
John T. Martin ... car mount grip (uncredited)
Mark Meyers ... grip (uncredited)
Louis Niemeyer ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Pickelsimer ... electrician (uncredited)
Troy Pressley ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Tony Rivetti ... first assistant camera: additional camera (uncredited)
Riko Schatke ... electrician (uncredited)
Bob Scott ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Carl A. Vidnic ... electrician (uncredited)
Greg Walters ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kevin Ward ... crash camera assistant (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Craig Fincannon ... location casting
Lisa Mae Fincannon ... location casting (as Lisa Mae Wells Fincannon)
Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Debra Zane ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Winnie D. Brown ... costume supervisor
Dawn Y. Line ... costumer (as Dawn Line)
Alfonso Renteria ... tailor
Gary Sampson ... costumer
James W. Tyson ... costume supervisor
Pat Wilcox ... seamstress
Lois DeArmond ... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Wingate Jones ... costumer (uncredited)
Mark Peterson ... key costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Robert Doyle ... location manager
Pat Hall ... location contact
Allen Tinkley ... location contact

Music Department

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Bruce Fowler ... additional orchestrator
Christopher Kennedy ... music editor / music mixer
Kathy Nelson ... music consultant for the album
Jay Rifkin ... score mixer
Shirley Walker ... conductor / orchestrator
Jeff Beck ... musician: lead electric guitar solo (uncredited)
David Campbell ... arranger/orchestrator/conductor (uncredited)
Orion Crawford ... song transcriber (uncredited)
Paulinho Da Costa ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Kirke Godfrey ... musician: drum programming (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser ... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Randy Jackson ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Mark Mancina ... additional music by (uncredited)
Dean Parks ... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
Tim Pierce ... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
John Robinson ... musician: drums (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Michael Thompson ... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
John Van Tongeren ... musician: additional keyboards and synthesizer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Dave Amberik ... driver (as David Amberik)
Steve Bunyea ... driver
Robert Collins ... driver (as Bob Collins)
Richard A. Davis ... driver (as Richard Davis)
Andy DeNicholas ... driver
John Feinblatt ... picture car coordinator
Dennis Freudenberg ... driver
David Garris ... driver (as Dave Garris)
Judge Harrison ... driver
Marlo Hellerstein ... driver captain
Lorin Jordan ... driver
David Marder ... transportation coordinator
Billy Ramirez ... driver
Greg Sacks ... race car driver
Jim Sullivan ... driver
John J. Sullivan ... transportation captain
David Turner ... driver
Greg Van Dyke ... driver captain
Doug Wilson ... driver
Rodd Wolff ... uncredited
Gina August ... driver (uncredited)
Michael Avallon ... driver (uncredited)
Joseph Bearman ... unit driver (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Douglas Aarniokoski ... assistant: Mr. Cruise
Todd J. Adelman ... first aid (as Todd Adelman)
Nan Allendorfer ... video research
Amy Andrews ... production assistant
Tiffany Bertolami ... computer specialist
Michael Bircumshaw ... production assistant
Nancy Blewer ... production secretary
Darcy Bowman ... production assistant
Steve Boyd ... race car coordinator
Lorion Bunyea ... production assistant
Beth Cahn ... assistant: Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson
Deborah Cahn ... assistant: Mr. Simpson
Paul A. Calabria ... animal trainer (as Paul Calabria)
Dan Curry ... title designer
James Dew ... animal handler (as Jim Dew)
Daniel T. Dorrance ... production assistant
Andrea Doven ... assistant: Mr. Cruise (as Andrea Morse)
Kirsten Everberg ... assistant: Susan Becker
Carolyn Freeman ... liasion: NASCAR
Sue Frey ... assistant: Mr. Cruise
Frank Granado ... production assistant
Dan Greenwood ... racing consultant
Crystal Hawkins ... assistant production accountant
Tracy Hendershott ... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Rick Hendrick ... technical advisor
Harry Hyde ... technical advisor
Jimmy Johnson ... technical advisor
Larry K. Johnson ... script supervisor (as Larry Johnson)
Karla Kurz ... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Ernest H. Lauterio ... craft service (as Ernie Lauterio)
Vanessa Norris ... assistant: Mr. Scott
Heidi Ann Odum ... assistant production coordinator
Bob Orsi ... assistant: Mr. Bruckheimer
Olivia Patton ... production assistant
Paul Payette ... assistant: Mr. Scott
Brigitte Prochaska ... unit publicist
Jerry Punch ... technical advisor (as Dr. Jerry Punch)
Kenny Rivenbark ... remote head technician
Greg Sacks ... race car advisor
Kevin Schmidt ... production assistant
Jake Scott ... production assistant
David Thorne ... assistant: Mr. Simpson
Diana Tinkley ... production office coordinator
Jim Turner ... production accountant (as James Turner)
Jeff Vine ... production assistant
James L. Wiggins ... production assistant (as Jim Wiggins)
Brad Wilson ... assistant: Robert Duvall
Frank D. Woodward ... caterer (as Frank Woodward)
Jillian Amburgey ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Karolyn Austen-Povorotney ... script supervisor (uncredited)
George Halstead ... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Robert Lamkin ... caterer (uncredited)
Marko Realmonte ... researcher (uncredited)
Denyse Rossi ... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Matthew Schmidt ... production assistant (uncredited)
Tony Suber ... teamster (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines You can't stop the thunder. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Jours de tonnerre (France)
  • Días de trueno (Spain)
  • Zilele tunetului (Romania)
  • Dani groma (Serbia)
  • Días de trueno (Peru)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Box Office

Budget $60,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $165,900,000

Did You Know?

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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 Near the end of the movie, just after the crew fixes "Cole"'s transmission and sends him back on the track, he pulls in front of the pace car as he exits pit road. Harry tells him to be at max speed at the drop of the green flag. Then you see the pace car pull off the track and the green flag drop. The exit to pit road at Daytona is between the Start/Finish line and Turn 1. Cole would be traveling at about 185mph, while the pace car and field are traveling at 65mph. He would've caught up to the back of the back of the pack before the pace car even made it to Turn 3 and Cole would've been at the tail end of the lead lap. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Redline (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Gimme Some Lovin' See more »
Quotes Harry Hogge: Cole, you're wandering all over the track!
Cole Trickle: Yeah, well this son of a bitch just slammed into me.
Harry Hogge: No, no, he didn't slam you, he didn't bump you, he didn't nudge you... he *rubbed* you. And rubbin, son, is racin'.
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