Blue Thunder

1983, Action/Drama, 1h 49m

23 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Frank Murphy is a courageous and honorable Los Angeles police officer who is chosen to test run Blue Thunder, a high-tech experimental attack helicopter. While flying Blue Thunder, Murphy and his partner discover that the government intends to use the helicopter for corrupt crowd control and surveillance.

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  • Sep 08, 2021
    John Badham had an interesting run at the box office during this era and Blue Thunder is another conspiracy thriller worthy of your time. It's not a classic but it has enough interesting characters and plot developments to hold your interest. The film has some well staged action sequences, even if they struggle to introduce the villains story. I was still a little unsure why some of the events were taking place but maybe I missed some plot points along the way. The film is interesting and offers a high concept idea mixed with your standard thriller from the 80s. I had been interesting in viewing this film for quite some time so I'm happy to say the long delay was worth the wait. I liked the film and the action is well staged.
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2013
    Tries hard but hasn't aged well.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2009
    The film the spawned a television series starring Roy Scheider who is probably best known for his part in Jaws. A hightech Police Helicopter patrols the skies of Los Angeles
    Greg Super Reviewer
  • Sep 16, 2008
    Ha,a terrible example of a chaotic script gone bad.An averagely made film,out of the huge number of productions specifically made for the "legendary" U.S. 80's of action-packed thrillers and methodical collisions.It's not really horrible.The unbelievably disjoint theory of helicopters conquering the skies is a truly weak point,no human contains a decent storyline and even if it's not measured as Badham's late failures e.g. Nick of Time,it still was a film with potential.
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