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Days of Thunder (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 27 June 1990 (USA)
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A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.

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Tony Scott

Writers:

Robert Towne (story), Tom Cruise (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Cole Trickle
Robert Duvall ... Harry Hogge
Nicole Kidman ... Dr. Claire Lewicki
Randy Quaid ... Tim Daland
Cary Elwes ... Russ Wheeler
Michael Rooker ... Rowdy Burns
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Big John
John C. Reilly ... Buck Bretherton
J.C. Quinn ... Waddell
Don Simpson ... Aldo Bennedetti
Caroline Williams ... Jennie Burns
Donna W. Scott ... Darlene (as Donna Wilson)
Chris Ellis ... Harlem Hoogerhyde
Peter Appel ... Cole's Crew
Stephen Michael Ayers ... Cole's Crew
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Storyline

Cole Trickle enters the high-pressure world of Nascar racing. He's a hot driver with a hot temper, and this attitude gets him into trouble not only with other drivers, but members of his own team as well. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Cruise like Thunder. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 June 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,490,445, 1 July 1990

Gross USA:

$82,670,733

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,920,733
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (analog 70 mm prints)| CDS (digital 35 mm and 70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (analog 35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Margo Martindale and Robert Duvall had previously appeared together in Lonesome Dove (1989). See more »

Goofs

In the clip from the race at Rockingham, N.C., you can see the beginning of the sign that says "Daytona USA" on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Harry P. Gant: [Drivers are being interviewed] Daytona is a tough race track and I'm sure myself and everybody, we're gonna keep an eye on Cole to see if he's there, you know, all his reflexes and everything.
Neil Bonnett: He's plenty capable to run that race car good and I don't think he has any kind of effects from the accident that would be a factor in the way he performs.
Aldo Bennedetti: I'm glad he's well enough to come back and I hope I beat him at the same time.
Rusty Wallace: You know a lot of guys don't like him. It's just a situation where a ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #3.4 (1999) See more »

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Days of Thunder
(uncredited)
Written by Hans Zimmer
Performed by Mark Ayres
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Say what you will, but this is a great movie for guys.
2 November 1999 | by MrKearns-2See all my reviews

Regardless of your opinion of NASCAR racing, this is an incredibly fun movie for guys.

Is it creative? No. It's pretty obvious that it's the same thing as Top Gun. The only difference is maturity. Over the years, Tom Cruise had developed into a fine actor, and when coupled with Robert Duvall (in a spectacular performance) and a surprising Randy Quaid, Days of Thunder becomes a film which gets pretty much any guy involved in it.

I personally hate NASCAR, but still I find this film absolutely riveting, and every time I watch it, I suddenly have a desire to go race my car down the highway. In fact, the biggest argument against this movie is that it does get to the testosterone.

The music for Days of Thunder sets it up perfectly. Hans Zimmer does an effective job with his second Cruise film in two years (Rain Man was the other), and The Spencer Davis Group's Gimme Some Lovin' makes some plotless racing scenes worth watching.

The script, penned by Bob Towne, is far more clever than the average action movie and actually creates some serious character depth for Cole and Rowdy, although Cary Elwes' character seems excessively evil.

But, all in all, this is an action movie that works for Cruise fans, even if they don't like action movies. 8.5 out of 10 (On a pure enjoyment basis).


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