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February 21, 2018
Worth revisiting; the themes of police corruption and the inherent dangers of militarizing law enforcement have only grown more topical in the last quarter century. The film proved particularly prescient in the nineties, when the Rodney King assault video and the Rampart Division scandal revealed the massive institutional corruption and brutality that permeated the LAPD during and after Daryl Gates' tenure as Chief of Police.
August 5, 2017
This is exiting scene movie but never a great one. The theme is surreal and unrealistic sine the 1st scene. Suffice to say in technical aspects it is much ahead of time.
½ July 11, 2017
This is a film that somehow eluded me back in my youth, though for whatever reason I recall watching the short-lived television version as well as Airwolf, with a similarly souped-up chopper.

Roy Schieder and Malcolm McDowell square off as rivals in the skies over L.A. and it's all pretty convincing and fun, I have to say. Definitely something I'm happy to have finally gotten around to crossing off the To-Watch Pile.

½ January 23, 2017
Roy Scheider uses just enough aggression to make his character work.
January 18, 2017
With a strong performance by Roy Scheider (along with a decent supporting cast), great action and stunts, a solid plot with conspiracy and deception at its heart along with a decent score make this a solidly entertaining action film from the early 80s. Sadly this is often overlooked but doesn't deserve to be ignored.
June 19, 2016
Its comforting to know that the LAPD has a helicopter with enough firepower to destroy an entire subdivision should the need ever arise. MacDowell's character a plus here, easy to dislike.
½ June 19, 2016
Terrorist wants to take down a high tech U.S. helicopter in this entertaining 80s action pic.
May 3, 2016
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.
½ April 1, 2016
Unfortunately, non impressive at all...
February 14, 2016
This film really does still hold up, despite being riddled with endless 80s action film cliches, telling story of Vietnam Vet, Roy Schneider, who's now an LAPD helicopter pilot being tapped to try out a new high tech, anti-terrorist helicopter. Government conspiracies then emerge and Schneider and his co-pilot, Daniel Stern, look to expose it. Written by solid genre screenwriters Dan O'Bannon ("Alien," "Total Recal") and Don Jakoby ("Lifeforce," "Arachnophobia"), with some script doctoring by Hollywood stalwart Dean Riesner ("Dirty Harry," "Coogan's Bluff," "Starman"), the techno-thriller action story was much more original when it first came out, but it's one now that's been endlessly imitated and now feels pretty stale (i.e. "Firefox," "Night Rider," or whatever super motorcycle movie you can think of). However, "Blue Thunder" overcomes this by sheer quality of cast and production. I'd forgotten what a strong actor Roy Scheider was. He's terrific in the lead, as is Warren Oates, in his last film appearance, in what otherwise would seem to be a cliched showing captain role, but he manages to make the character interesting and manages to steal every scene he's in. You also have Candy Clark as Scheider's wife, Daniel Stern as his co-pilot, Malcolm McDowell as Scheider's helicopter pilot rival and character actors James Murtaugh, Joe Santos and James Read. Directed by John Badham, ("Wargames," "Saturday Night Fever," "The Hard Way") who I'd always though was an underrated director, make the action exciting and give the film a slick look. Director of photography John A. Alonzo also gets credit for the film's sick look, particularly the nighttime scenes. And although the filmscore isn't a classic, the 80s style synthesizer score by Arthur B. Rubinstein is pretty fun too and adds a nice nostalgia factor (along with Scheider's Trans Am and prominently feature digital watch). Corny, but pretty fun stuff here.
February 9, 2016
Bomb!!!...........childhood flick
½ January 28, 2016
i still love this movie. I loved Roy Scheiders performance & the helicopter duel over the skies of L.A.
½ September 2, 2015
Released the same year as Badham's War Games it's certainly well made and Daniel Stern, in his first role as a grown up, is a lot of fun. It's certainly exciting, but it's also cheesy as all get out.
July 17, 2015
Loved this movie when I was in junior high. Doesn't quite stand the test of time but Roy Scheider is still fun to watch.
July 14, 2015
Aunque ahora entiendo por qué Roy deja el helicóptero más molón del mundo sobre las vías del tren, sigo sin compartir tanto dramatismo.

Me lo hubiera quedado.
½ July 9, 2015
109 minutes of Roy Scheider wondering why he's there - talk about phoning it in...
June 13, 2015
one of those unsung 80s classics directed by John badham and written by Dan o'Bannon.
½ April 11, 2015
An action packed thrill ride that;s every bit good today as it was in'83.
April 4, 2015
I hadn't seen this classic action film from the 80's about a special high-tech armoured helicopter, and enjoyed it quite a bit. The blu-ray looks outstanding and enjoyed Roy Scheider and Malcolm McDowell in it. Give it a try!
April 2, 2015
Pretty awesome 80s action thriller
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