Days of Thunder (1990)
Critic Consensus: Days of Thunder has Tom Cruise and plenty of flash going for it, but they aren't enough to compensate for the stock plot, two-dimensional characters, and poorly written dialogue.
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as Cole Trickle
as Harry Hogge
as Dr. Claire Lewicki
as Tom Daland
as Russ Wheeler
as Rowdy Burns
as Big John
as Buck Bretherton
as Aldo Bennedetti
as Jennie Burns
as Harlan Hoogerhyde
as Len Dortort
as Lauren Daland
as Jack Man, Cole's Crew
as Tire Carrier, Cole's Crew
as Front Tire Changer, Cole's Crew
as Russ Wheeler's Girlfriend
as Hardee's Pit Crew Chief
as Female Highway Patrol Officer
as Highway Patrol Officer
as Young Doctor
as Dr. Wilhaire
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Critic Reviews for Days of Thunder
Like the previous Simpson-Bruckheimer pictures, it's designed to give audiences an overdose of the thrill of victory; it wants us to jump out of our seats, pumping our fists in the air and roaring for the hero to pulverize his opponents.
This is the kind of monstrously overgrown commercial movie that depends entirely on the microscopic pleasures of having one`s most routine expectations fulfilled.
Whoosh!! Days of Thunder just streaked in, fast as a race-car paint job and about as flat.
Not only does Days of Thunder disappoint on the basic narrative level, it is also a peculiarly thrill-less action movie. Shot from the driver's point of view, the race sequences lose their novelty as swiftly as a video game.
Days of Thunder does accomplish the job it sets out to do. It's sometimes funny, sometimes exciting and never too boring or offensive. In a disappointing movie season -- as this one has started out to be -- that can seem like quite an accomplishment.
Audience Reviews for Days of Thunder
Like Top Gun with racing stock cars, it may not be really original and is quite predictable actually, but it has a very good soundtrack and Tom Cruise injecting a lot of energy into a two-dimensional character who lacks sufficient depth and motivation for us to care.
Dr. Claire Lewicki: You and Rowdy have the same sickness, it's called denial and it's probably going to kill you both. "Cruise like Thunder" Days of Thunder is a decent, entertaining action thriller that is extremely similar to another Tony Scott, Tom Cruise collaboration, Top Gun. The movie manages to entertain when on the racetrack like Top Gun was able to entertain when in the air, but like Top Gun on the ground; Days of Thunder suffers when away from the race track. Tony Scott can always keep the corniness coming though, with scenes like the two race car drivers racing each other in wheelchairs in the hospital after a crash. Cole is a young and unknown stock car driver who is brought on to drive a race car for a used cars salesman and a man named Harry who has a lot of experience with stock cars is hired to build the car and lead the team. Soon Cole, after some growing pains, is one of the best drivers out there, until a crash puts him out for awhile. In the meantime, he meets an attractive doctor, who he forges a relationship with, but he struggles to get his confidence back with the race car. Like I said away from the track the movie falls apart. I like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman and I've seen them on screen with good chemistry before, but here it's just dead. Probably has more to do with writing then anything else as those two weren't horrible, the scenes with them together just didn't go anywhere. All in all this is a forgettable racing thriller with a solid cast and a noteworthy director who always seems to let style and "coolness" overweigh substance. Still there's always fun to be had with a Tony Scott film as longer as you're willing to accept it for what it is. It's a popcorn flick and nothing else. I wouldn't say it's worth a look, but it certainly isn't so bad you'd feel you'd wasted your time. Then again maybe you would.
You can't outrun the thunder. Very good movie! I enjoyed it from beginning to the end. Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall did an excellent screen combo. I think the supporting cast was good also. Very nice ending full of adrenaline! Days of Thunder revolved around a talented, hot-shot auto racing rookie, (# 46 and 51) Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise), who, after trying his hand in the American open wheel ranks, seeks to win on the NASCAR circuit. His mechanic mentor, Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall), acts as his crew chief. He also develops a romantic relationship with Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman), a young brain surgeon who tries to tame him. Lo and behold, just when he thought it was safe and easy to get back into a race car and drive, an arrogant and dangerous newcomer by the name of Russ Wheeler (Cary Elwes) doesn't make it easy on him as he picks on him because he knows he can get away with it since not only did he substitute drive Trickle's Pink Superflo car while Cole was in the hospital, but now he is teammates with him under the selfish, bullheaded car owner Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) as the new superstar Nascar was looking for with Rowdy Burns out.
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