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Days of Thunder

  • Drama
  • Action
  • 1990
  • Tony Scott
  • 102 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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 marriage 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.

Credits

Cast

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Cole TrickleTom Cruise
Harry HoggeRobert Duvall
Dr Claire LewickiNicole Kidman
Tim DalandRandy Quaid
Russ WheelerCary Elwes
Rowdy BurnsMichael Rooker
Big JohnFred Dalton Thompson
Buck BrethertonJohn C Reilly
WaddellJ C Quinn
Aldo BennedettiDon Simpson
Jennie BurnsCaroline Williams
DarleneDonna Wilson
Harlan HoogerhydeChris Ellis
NurseCyndi Vicino
Dr WilhaireGerald R Molen
DonnaMargo Martindale
Lauren DalandBarbara Garrick
Len DortortJohn Griesemer

Crew

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DirectorTony Scott

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Released on
1990-08-10
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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