Blue Thunder (1983)




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A former Vietnam chopper-pilot is now in charge of a special high-tech helicopter that was designed to quell possible terrorist attacks during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. A bitter enemy makes plans to destroy this high-tech copter and bring about an armed takeover of the U.S.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Roy Scheider
as Officer Frank Murphy
Daniel Stern
as Officer Richard Lymangood
Malcolm McDowell
as Col. F.E. Cochrane
Warren Oates
as Capt. Jack Braddock
Paul Roebling
as Icelan
David Sheiner
as Fletcher
Ed Bernard
as Short
Joe Santos
as Montoya
Mario Machado
as Himself
James Murtaugh
as Alf Hewitt
Paul Lambert
as Holmes
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
Patti Clifton
as Hooker
Frances E. Nealy
as Mayor's Aide
John Ashby
as Thief
Norman Alexander Gibbs
as Man in Beanie
Bill M. Ryusaki
as Vietcong Soldier
Mike McGaughy
as Observer
Lucinda Crosby
as Bel-Air Woman
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Critic Reviews for Blue Thunder

All Critics (19)

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
Reno Gazette-Journal

still an invigorating and sardonic film

Full Review… | February 9, 2006

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.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

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
Brian De Guelle

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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.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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