Days of Thunder

Days of Thunder

Tony Scott (1990)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The master of the flashy, trashy action picture, the late 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.


An arrogant racing driver is determined to seize the reigning Nascar champion's crown, winning the Indianapolis 500 in the process. However, his first few races see him intimidated by the surroundings and unable to finish due to crashes or blown engines. A serious accident compounds his misfortunes and jeopardises his chances of ever racing again. Drama, starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid and John C Reilly.

Cast & 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
Waddell J C Quinn
Aldo Bennedetti Don Simpson
Jennie Burns Caroline Williams
Darlene Donna Wilson
Harlan Hoogerhyde Chris Ellis
Nurse Cyndi Vicino
Dr Wilhaire Gerald R Molen
Donna Margo Martindale
Lauren Daland Barbara Garrick
Len Dortort John Griesemer
Director Tony Scott
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray