Blue Thunder (1983)




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Movie Info

A Vietnam vet is assigned to fly Blue Thunder, an experimental, high-tech helicopter as part of an anti-terrorist task force in this action hit. The copter is soon pressed into action by the efforts of the vet's former friend, now a brutal villain planning a takeover of the United States.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Don Jakoby, Dan O'Bannon, Dean Riesner
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Officer Frank Murphy

as Officer Richard Lyma...

as Col. F.E. Cochrane

as Capt. Jack Braddock

as Fletcher

as Montoya

as Alf Hewitt

as Colonel Coe

as Tough Mechanic

as Grundeltus

as Chief of Police

as Air Controller

as Fighter Pilot

as Helicopter Pilot

as Helicopter Pilot

as Helicopter Pilot

as Policeman at Bridge

as Policeman

as Mayor's Aide

as Vietcong Soldier

as Observer

as Bel-Air Woman

as Matusek
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Critic Reviews for Blue Thunder

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The battle in Blue Thunder is less between Scheider's edgy police pilot Frank Murphy and his ultimate nemesis (Malcom McDowell), as it is between Murphy and the high-tech beast he's asked to pilot.

Full Review… | May 14, 2013

As a cop-action flick this isn't bad, but it fits the mold so thoroughly that it feels more familiar than it should.

Full Review… | August 2, 2009
Movie Metropolis

I've always had a weakness for Blue Thunder, which seemed terribly exciting during my teen years. More than two decades later, I can admit that it's not a great picture. But I still like it.

Full Review… | May 19, 2006

Audience Reviews for Blue Thunder

Blast from the past,this superb action movie from 1983 still stands tall.Yes its a little dated but the theme and story line stand up well even now.Roy Scheider give a wonderful perfromace as frank murphy a police helicopter polet with a dodgy past.What is the best thing about the movie is the dog fight in the last 30 mins or so.Its well done and with no CGI at the time makes the stunts so more incredable.Need to see to believe and even todays standed its still brillant and no film that i seen as come close.If you not seen it yet get a copy now and if you got a blu ray player see it in that its so cool...

Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer


Not a bad flick. This was good for the days when everything was about a super powered vehicle of some sort. The story is good and the acting wasn't half bad.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

Even when I was a teenage boy, I still found this dull. Basically a helicopter gunship goes round shooting things and erm...well, that's about it. There isn't even that much action.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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