Blue Thunder (1983)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: May 13, 1983 Wide
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 9,009
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
May 13, 1983 Wide
May 22, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Chief of Police
James W. Gavin
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Bill M. Ryusaki
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Man in Beanie
Frances E. Nealy
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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.
As a cop-action flick this isn't bad, but it fits the mold so thoroughly that it feels more familiar than it should.
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.
Despite some big lapses in logic, Blue Thunder is a thrilling action-adventure with a smart, cynical attitude and a villain (Malcolm McDowell) you'll just love to hate.
So bad it must be a Badham picture.
Well-made action flick with high-tech police chopper. Solid performances from Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern.
Scheider's quite great in this techno-helicopter thriller.
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