• Blue Thunder (1983)

Blue Thunder

Release Date: May 13th, 1983

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.

Cast: Roy Scheider , Malcolm McDowell , Candy Clark , Daniel Stern , Warren Oates

Director: John Badham

Genres: Action , Crime , Drama , Thriller , Sci-Fi

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation,Rastar Pictures

Distributors: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    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]

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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]

  • 50
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    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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