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Blue Thunder (1983)




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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.more
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


Roy Scheider
as Officer Frank Murphy
Daniel Stern
as Officer Richard Lyma...
Malcolm McDowell
as Col. F.E. Cochrane
Warren Oates
as Capt. Jack Braddock
David Sheiner
as Fletcher
Joe Santos
as Montoya
James Murtaugh
as Alf Hewitt
Phil Feldman
as Colonel Coe
John Garber
as Tough Mechanic
Anthony James
as Grundeltus
Reid Cruickshanks
as Chief of Police
Ray Sharkey
as Air Controller
John Gladstein
as Fighter Pilot
Karl Wickman
as Helicopter Pilot
James W. Gavin
as Helicopter Pilot
Tom Friedkin
as Helicopter Pilot
James Read
as Policeman at Bridge
Bill Lake
as Policeman
Frances E. Nealy
as Mayor's Aide
Bill M. Ryusaki
as Vietcong Soldier
Mike McGaughy
as Observer
Lucinda Crosby
as Bel-Air Woman
Pat McNamara
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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