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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.

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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
David Sheiner
as Fletcher
Joe Santos
as Montoya
James Murtaugh
as Alf Hewitt
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
Frances E. Nealy
as Mayor's Aide
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 (23) terms of kinetic urban action in the air, it's quite literally a perfect vehicle for Roy Scheider...

February 21, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There are plenty of conflicts brewing under the surface of military testing, but it takes too long to unearth the most stirring of the bunch.

August 30, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

...a somewhat erratic thriller that improves steadily as it progresses...

April 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This police thriller is an incoherent mess, playing out as a government conspiracy themed techno-thriller obsessed over technology.

June 24, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

May 14, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

As a cop-action flick this isn't bad, but it fits the mold so thoroughly that it feels more familiar than it should.

August 2, 2009 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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

Super Reviewer

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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