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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.

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

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 »

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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 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
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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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Trivia

John C. Reilly and Michael Rooker who are in the film, would go on 24 years later to play in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) as a Nova Corp and Yondu. See more »

Goofs

After the caution in the final race when Cole beats the pace car out of pit road, the race restarts with Wheeler, the leader, starting on the inside line. In reality, Wheeler's car should have been on the outside line, as lead-lap cars start on the outside and cars a lap down or more start on the inside. See more »

Quotes

Harry Hogge: [after Cole was spun out on the last lap at North Wilkesboro; Harry was upset after the race] Russ Wheeler don't deserve to win Tim, and if NASCAR won't call it low-down, shit-ass racin', you better.
Tim Daland: It's just racing Harry.
Harry Hogge: oh, yeah
Tim Daland: Cole Overreacted,yeah!
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Connections

Spoofed in Scary Movie 2 (2001) See more »

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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 goes with what works
7 September 1998 | by Bryan-15See all my reviews

This movie is basically paying homage to Top Gun. The same team that made that movie a success got together to create another pumped up movie.

Cruise plays Cole Trickle, a very cocky and smooth indy car driver that lost his ride and decided to head to NASCAR with team owner Tim Daland,(Randy Quaid), and be coached by legendary crew chief Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall). During the Daytona 500 Cole and nemesis Rowdy Burns are involved in a nasty wreck that hospitalizes both of them and threaten to end their careers. They become friends but Cole realizes his mortality and must overcome it if he is to ever race effectively again.

This has better romantic chemistry than Top Gun. Due in part to the fact that Cruise and Kidman really were attracted to each other and we know the rest is history. The action scenes are great and filmed superbly. It's also a very loud movie. It received an Oscar nomination for best sound. It's just another mindless action movie to help relieve boredom. 7 out of 10.


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Country:

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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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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:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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