Blue Thunder 1983


Post Saturday Night Fever, John Badham made quite a name for himself as a thriller director (Dracula, Wargames, Stakeout), and his 1983 airborne action film has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment. Roy Scheider is officer Frank Murphy, the pilot of a new, super-stealthy helicopter designed to keep the piece at the 1984 Olympics. When Murphy discovers that the authorities have plans for this powerful tool, he ends up using Blue Thunder for his own purposes, helping Kate (Candy Clark) evade the authorities in the hope of revealing the truth about their real intensions. Malcolm McDowell has fun as a rival pirate, and the copter chase scenes are vividly captured without the use of CGI.


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