Days of Thunder (1990) - IMDb
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.


Tony Scott


Robert Towne (story), Tom Cruise (story) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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 Thompson ... Big John (as Fred Dalton Thompson)
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


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 <>

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You can't stop the thunder. See more »


Action | Drama | Sport


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Robin Wright was first suggested for the role of Claire Lewicki, but was unavailable. See more »


In the opening Daytona 500, just after the green flag drops, you can see Cole's City Cheverolet on the right hand side of the screen, even though it does not exist yet. See more »


[Cole is being searched by a female trooper who notices he has an erection]
Female Trooper: Looks like we found something.
Male Trooper: What's that?
Female Trooper: A concealed weapon.
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Referenced in Motormouth: Episode #4.19 (1992) See more »


Long Live the Night
Written by Joan Jett, Randy Cantor and Michael Caruso
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Produced by Kenny Laguna/Co-Produced by Thom Panundo
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts courtesy of Blackheart Records/Epic Associated Records/Chrysalis Records
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Cruise Blasts as Cole Trickle
24 March 2009 | by barundash_123See all my reviews

Tom Cruise cruises like thunder as Cole Trickle in Jerry Bruckheimer's, Days of Thunder. Cole Trickle, a name that became an icon, an inspiration and a hero for auto racing drivers way back in early 90's. An enthralling and roller coaster ride jammed with high octane racing action, enough to blast you off the seat. Days of Thunder gave birth to the sparkling chemistry between once upon a time two of the most memorable on-screen and off-screen couples Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

The story revolves around a young and smashing, auto racing rookie, Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise), who, after trying in the American open wheel ranks, seeks to grab a win on the NASCAR circuit. Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall), his mentor is his crew's chief. He also develops a romantic relationship with Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman), a brain surgeon who's not so easy to convince when it comes to love. Claire works on Cole after a severe race accident, while racing with his competitor, Rowdy Burns (Michael Rooker). But then comes the arrogant and dangerous newcomer, Russ Wheeler (Cary Elwes) with owner Tim Daland (Randy Quaid), challenges Cole for a comeback to the race track. Finally after being convinced by his friend Rowdy, Cole hits the race track to complete his unfinished business against Russ.

Tom Cruise's classy portrayal of a hot shot auto racing rookie oozing with galvanizing confidence and energy won the millions of heart for his adorable and mesmerizing display of power and aggression as Cole Trickle. Starting with his stunning intro coming out from the smoke with a bike to defeating his rival Russ Wheeler at the end, he ignites an emulsifying inspiration in this journey of powerhouse racing. Cruise and Kidman's electrifying chemistry scorches the screen with witty dialogues and sizzling romance. Robert Duvall plays an absolute superb cameo complementing Cruise to the top.

Tony Scott's and Cruise's record breaking deadly combination that gifted the 1986's blockbuster, Top Gun reunited to recreate the same magic in Days of Thunder, which can be said as a sequel to Top Gun. Hans Zimmer's remarkable and awesome background score ecstatically blends with the mood when it comes to the racing events and defining the characters. Days of Thunder gives two of the best all time classic tracks: "The Last Note of Freedom" by David Coverdale and "Show Me Heaven" by Maria McKee.

If you are desperately into racing then Days of Thunder is the perfect one to punch the required inspirational boost within. It has its own indefinable class, style and persona that can't be left unnoticed. A must watch for Cruise fans; witness him cruising the top like never before.

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Release Date:

27 June 1990 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,490,445, 1 July 1990

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Sound Mix:

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


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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