Blue Thunder
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Ex-Vietnam chopper pilot Roy Scheider is now in charge of Blue Thunder, a high-tech copter designed to quell possible terrorism during the 1984 LA Olympics. His onetime comrade-in-arms Malcolm McDowell, now his bitter enemy, will stop at nothing to neutralize Blue Thunder and expedite an armed takeover of the United States. Well, there's the plot: now sit back and enjoy those eye-popping aerial scenes. Blue Thunder was later adapted into a weekly TV series. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"still an invigorating and sardonic film"
‑ Keith Breese,
"So bad it must be a Badham picture."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"As a cop-action flick this isn't bad, but it fits the mold so thoroughly that it feels more familiar than it should."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Despite some big lapses in logic, Blue Thunder is a thrilling action-adventure with a smart, cynical attitude and a villain (Malcolm McDowell) you'll just love to hate."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Well-made action flick with high-tech police chopper. Solid performances from Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"I've always had a weakness for Blue Thunder, which seemed terribly exciting during my teen years. More than two decades later, I can admit that it's not a great picture. But I still like it."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"A cinematic rollercoaster ride."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Scheider's quite great in this techno-helicopter thriller."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
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