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Release Date: August 11th, 2008

DVD Release Date: September 9th, 1998

R|1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Roy Scheider, Malcolm McDowell, Candy Clark, Warren Oates, Daniel Stern, Paul Roebling, David Sheiner, Ed Berhard

Director: John Badham

Genres: Action

Production Co: Rastar Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation

Keywords: Friendship, Los Angeles, Tense, 1980s, Rivalry, Police officer

Ratings & Reviews

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  • John Badham's exciting thriller about an L.A. detective (Roy Scheider) who battles against the government creeps who have created a monstrous helicopter to be used for 1984-style crowd control. Great action in a David-versus-Goliath story. [22 July 1983, p.10]

  • Instead of connecting the film's action with Murphy's personal crisis, director John Badham (Saturday Night Fever) gives us several aerial dogfights which seem to be drawn out only for the sake of giving the audience a bigger bang for its buck. The pacing and camerawork are gripping, to be sure, but in the end Blue Thunder achieves only the excitement of a good action movie. [14 May 1983]

  • When the action founders on cliches and implausibilities, there are only the characters to fall back on. And this time, they're papier-mache. [13 May 1983, p.C2]

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