Blue Thunder (1983) 3.14/5 (1)


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Rating: The Ugly – 65
Genre: Action
Duration: 109 mins
Director: John Badham
Stars: Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Daniel Stern, Malcolm McDowell

A police helicopter pilot (Roy Scheider) becomes embroiled in a military conspiracy involving a hi-tech offensive surveillance helicopter called “Blue Thunder” which results in him commandeering the machine in order to bring the conspirators to justice. Despite the story being pure nonsense and some plain awful dialogue, John Badham’s film works due to the watchable  actors on show (in addition to the great Scheider, Warren Oates, Daniel Stern, and Malcolm McDowell also have prominent roles) and the solid chemistry between them.  In the 80’s and 90’s, Badham was one of the kings of the guilty pleasure movie and while Blue Thunder very much has that quality about it, there are some nicely crafted moments. There are some excellent aerial stunts and the shots of the helicopters flying around LA feel real and provide an original setting for some funny and thrilling moments alike. It’s just too bad about that screenplay.

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