Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder

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Director: John Badham

Cast: John Badham, Roy Scheider, Malcolm McDowell, Warren Oates

     
 

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Ex-Vietnam chopper pilot Roy Scheider is now in charge of Blue Thunder, a high-tech copter designed to quell possible terrorism during the 1984 LA Olympics. His onetime comrade-in-arms Malcolm McDowell, now his bitter enemy, will stop at nothing to neutralize Blue Thunder and expedite an armed takeover of the United States. Well, there's the plot: now sit back and… See more details below

Overview

Ex-Vietnam chopper pilot Roy Scheider is now in charge of Blue Thunder, a high-tech copter designed to quell possible terrorism during the 1984 LA Olympics. His onetime comrade-in-arms Malcolm McDowell, now his bitter enemy, will stop at nothing to neutralize Blue Thunder and expedite an armed takeover of the United States. Well, there's the plot: now sit back and enjoy those eye-popping aerial scenes. Blue Thunder was later adapted into a weekly TV series.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
This 1983 production gets an A for its rousing action and an F for its farfetched plot and shallow characters. The film is really a rip-off of Steven Spielberg's 1975 classic, Jaws (whether witting or unwitting), with Roy Scheider again portraying a likeable Irish-American policeman. In the opening scenes, an innocent female dies in an attack, just as in Jaws, and Scheider discovers the perpetrator: a cabal of government conspirators operating in the undercurrents of Los Angeles after dark. But after the mayor brands him a troublemaking meddler (as in Jaws), Scheider -- this time in the role of helicopter cop Frank Murphy in lieu of Amity Island police chief Martin Brody -- decides to take on the conspirators himself with the help of a callow sidekick (also as in Jaws). Instead of a shark-tracking boat, Scheider uses a menacing helicopter (Blue Thunder) -- the conspirators' own weapon, which he commandeers -- in an attempt to vanquish the villains. The action sequences are impressive. After helicopters duel in skyscraper canyons, planes, trains, and automobiles get in on the action. Buildings collapse, a restaurant explodes, and a duct-taped captive kickboxes his way to freedom. Meanwhile, a car carrying a secret audio disk races toward a TV studio with incriminating evidence. But, alas, the dialogue and character development are as moving as a slow lane.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2014
UPC:
0683904632203
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mill Creek Ent
Region Code:
A
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
26,156

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Scheider Frank Murphy
Malcolm McDowell Cochrane
Warren Oates Braddock
Candy Clark Kate
Daniel Stern Lymangood
Paul Roebling Icelan
David Sheiner Fletcher
Joe Santos Montoya
Ed Bernard Sgt. Short
Jason Bernard Mayor
Mario Machado Himself
James Murtaugh Alf Hewitt
Pat McNamara Matusek
Jack Murdock Kress
Clifford A. Pellow Allen
Paul Lambert Holmes
Phil Feldman Colonel Coe
John Garber Tough Mechanic
Anthony James Grundeltus
Reid Cruickshanks Chief of Police
Ray Sharkey Air Controller
John Gladstein Fighter Pilot
Karl Wickman Helicopter Pilot
James W. Gavin Helicopter Pilot
Tom Friedkin Helicopter Pilot
James Read Policeman at Bridge
Mickey Gilbert Policeman
Bill Lake Policeman
Patti Clifton Hooker
Ernest Harada John
Frances E. Nealy Mayor's Aide
Jerry Ziesmer Pilot
John Ashby Thief
Tony Brubaker Thief
Norman Alexander Gibbs Man in Beanie
Bill M. Ryusaki Vietcong Soldier
Tom Rosales Thug
Larry Randles Thug
Mike McGaughy Observer
Lucinda Crosby Bel-Air Woman

Technical Credits
John Badham Director
Edward M. Abroms Editor
Peter Albiez Special Effects
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Cate Bangs Art Director
Gordon Carroll Producer
Gregg Champion Associate Producer
Tim Cooney Sound/Sound Designer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Marianna Elliott Costumes/Costume Designer
Phil Feldman Executive Producer
Andrew Fogelson Executive Producer
Charles Gaspar Special Effects
Chuck Gaspar Special Effects Supervisor
Philip Harrison Production Designer
Don Jakoby Screenwriter
Jeff Jarvis Special Effects
Terry J. Leonard Stunts
Sydney Z. Litwack Art Director,Production Designer
Mickey Michaels Set Decoration/Design
Frank Morriss Editor
Dan O'Bannon Screenwriter
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Artur Rubinstein Score Composer
Jerry Ziesmer Asst. Director

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