Days of Thunder

  • 15
  • Tony Scott (1990)
  • US
  • 107 min
Days of Thunder
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Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The master of the flashy, trashy action picture - Britain's very own Tony Scott - sought to recapture the glories of Top Gun in this reunion with Tom Cruise, which resulted in Cruise's marital union with co-star Nicole Kidman. Motor sport movies have a lousy track record at the box office and this cliché-ridden stock-car variation was a costly flop. Reworking many of the themes in Howard Hawks's The Crowd Roars, Robert Towne's script must have looked a sure-fire winner, and there's little wrong with Scott's zippy race sequences or Robert Duvall's performance as Cruise's manager. Worse films than this have been smashes, so give it a spin.

Plot Summary

Sports drama starring Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall and Nicole Kidman. Cocky racing driver Cole Trickle is revved up to take the stock-car circuit by storm, but his aggressive driving style soon lands him in hospital. There he meets Dr Claire Lewicki, who gives the young driver more than racing to think about.

Cast and crew


Cole Trickle
Tom Cruise
Harry Hogge
Robert Duvall
Dr Claire Lewicki
Nicole Kidman
Tim Daland
Randy Quaid
Russ Wheeler
Cary Elwes
Rowdy Burns
Michael Rooker
Big John
Fred Dalton Thompson
Buck Bretherton
John C Reilly
J C Quinn
Aldo Bennedetti
Don Simpson
Jennie Burns
Caroline Williams
Donna Wilson
Harlan Hoogerhyde
Chris Ellis
Cyndi Vicino
Dr Wilhaire
Gerald R Molen
Margo Martindale
Lauren Daland
Barbara Garrick
Len Dortort
John Griesemer


Tony Scott

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
U.I.P. (UK)
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15