Blue Thunder (1983)
Thunder was a fairly popular action film from the era before the
plethora of action films. It was good enough to spawn a TV series.
What was impressive in 1983 is now much less so. The first half of the
film draws you in, but the second half degenerates pretty quickly.
Murphy, police helicopter pilot haunted by his memories of Vietnam, is
pitted against his old flying buddy who is largely responsible for the
bad memories. Murphy, played by Roy Schneider, is picked to train in a
special new attack helicopter.
|Malcolm McDowell plays the
evil colonel, who is part of a plot to cause a riot in Watts then
prove the need for the helicopter (Blue Thunder) by using it in riot
|One time wonder Anna Forrest
plays a nude yoga practitioner whom the police helicopters
peep on. She shows pretty much everything.
|It is watchable but
less than brilliant.
||Scoopy's notes in
Director John Badham
was really on top for a while, with this and War Games coming out
during the same year. Thunder was kind of the 1983 equivalent of a
summer blockbuster, and has some plusses.
I like some of
Badham's movies, notably Stakeout and
Of course, Badham is
best known as the director of Saturday Night Fever which, although not a
great film, not only made John Travolta a star, but had a profound
impact upon popular culture.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.9.
- With their
dollars ... it was a fairly popular film. It took in $42
million at the box office, and has since added another $20
million in rentals.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C.
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