Monday, 10 June 2013

Days of Thunder Review (Updated)









Days of Thunder


Release Date: 13th September 1990 - Australia


Production Companies
Paramount Pictures
Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer
Films

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Drama

Rating: M

Runtime: 101 minutes


Budget: US$60,000,000

Box Office Gross: $157,920.733
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Discovered by a businessman
Tim Daland, race-car drive
Cole Trickle, whose talent
and ambition are surpassed
only by his burning need
to win, is teamed with
legendary crew-chief and
car-builder Harry Hogge
to race for the Winston Cup
at the Daytona 500. A fiery
crash nearly ends Cole's
career and he must turn to
a beautiful doctor to regain
his nerve and the true courage
needed to race, to win and
to live.


Cast
Tom Cruise - Cole Trickle
Robert Duvall - Harry Hogge
Nicole Kidman - Dr. Claire Lewicki
Michael Rooker - Rowdy Burns
Cary Elwes - Russ Wheeler
Randy Quaid - Tim Daland
Fred Dalton Thompson - Big John
John C. Reilly - Buck Bretheren
J.C. Quinn - Waddell
Don Simpson - Aldo Bennedetti (Cameo)
Caroline Williams - Jennie Burns
Donna W. Scott - Darlene
Chris Ellis - Harlem Hoogerhyde
John Griesemer - Len Dortort
Barbara Garrick - Lauren Daland
Leilani Sarelle - Female Highway Patrol Officer
Gerald R. Molen - Dr. Wilhare (Cameo)

Crew
Director - Tony Scott
Story - Tom Cruise
Story/Screenplay - Robert Towne
Executive Producer - Gerald R. Molen
Producers - Don Simpson &
Jerry Bruckheimer
Racing Consultant - Dan Greenwood
Costume Designer - Susan Becker 
Cinematography - Ward Russell
Race Car Driver/Advisor - Greg Sacks
Film Editors - Chris Lebonzon,
Billy Weber, Robert C. Jones,
Bert Lovitt, Michael Tronick
& Stuart Waks
Music - Hans Zimmer


Awards

1991 Academy Awards
Best Sound - Charles M, Wilborn, Donald O. Mitchell,
Rick Kline & Kevin O'Connell (Nominated)


Review
Remember in 1986 when TOP GUN (click here) was released in cinemas and became the ultimate hit for the two famous people that worked so hard in their glorious movie days proving themselves as movie titans. Two legendary people are director Tony Scott  and superstar actor Tom Cruise, four years after TOP GUN, they both showcased another motion picture that also hit the box office medium called DAYS OF THUNDER. This film has the spirit and story of its predecessor and pulled off successfully what no movie has pulled off before. That is in the film's sub-standards, it undergoes the race driving coordination in the NASCAR setting and it's accurately fitted to the high-production values that the audience pay their money to see. Cruise's performance as usual is first class and in addition to this entertaining thrill ride package, we are also rewarded with fine actor portrayals of Robert Duvall and Tom's future wife/now ex Nicole Kidman and Hans Zimmer's good scoring of the soundtrack.

DAYS OF THUNDER to come by on the lap was definitely a solid film and many race-lovers will be thrilled with passion and might spare a few dollars to grab a DVD or Blu-ray of the movie, kickback on their lounge and enjoy this memorable action-packed race-car classic.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


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