Blue Thunder
Blue Thunder (1983)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 13, 1983
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Vaux

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.

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Keith Breese

still an invigorating and sardonic film

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

So bad it must be a Badham picture.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

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.

Brian Mckay

Well-made action flick with high-tech police chopper. Solid performances from Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern.

Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A cinematic rollercoaster ride.

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Scott Weinberg

Scheider's quite great in this techno-helicopter thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Brian De Guelle
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… More
Stuart Brooks
Awesome movie, no wonder I was hooked on helicopters as a kid with a movie like this and Airwolf on TV every week.
Jason Spencer
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… More
Marcus Woolcott
Tries hard but hasn't aged well.
xGary Xx
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… More
Dimitris Springer
Ha,a terrible example of a chaotic script gone bad.An averagely made film,out of the huge number of productions specifically made for the "legendary"… More