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Blue Thunder (1983)

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Release Date: May 13, 1983 Wide

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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 enjoy those eye-popping aerial scenes. Blue Thunder was later adapted into a weekly TV series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Drama, Action & Adventure

Dan O'Bannon

May 22, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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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.

May 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Mania.com
Mania.com

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

August 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

still an invigorating and sardonic film

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

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.

October 24, 2005
Fantastica Daily

A cinematic rollercoaster ride.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

So bad it must be a Badham picture.

June 25, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Well-made action flick with high-tech police chopper. Solid performances from Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern.

March 18, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Scheider's quite great in this techno-helicopter thriller.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

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...
September 28, 2009
briandeguelle

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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.
January 8, 2008
superclerk25

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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.
May 16, 2007
garyX
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Awesome movie, no wonder I was hooked on helicopters as a kid with a movie like this and Airwolf on TV every week.
February 24, 2007
stuartb1234

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    1. Frank Murphy: Catch ya later.
    – Submitted by russell b (4 months ago)
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