Days of Thunder

Talented but unproven stock car driver Cole Trickle gets a break and with the guidance of veteran Harry Hogge turns heads on the track. The young hotshot develops a rivalry with a fellow racer that threatens his career when the two smash their cars. But with the help of his doctor, Cole just might overcome his injuries– and his fear.

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Film Cast:

  • Cole Trickle: Tom Cruise
  • Harry Hogge: Robert Duvall
  • Dr. Claire Lewicki: Nicole Kidman
  • Tim Dalander: Randy Quaid
  • Russ Wheeler: Cary Elwes
  • Rowdy Burns: Michael Rooker
  • Big John: Fred Dalton Thompson
  • Buck Bretherton: John C. Reilly
  • Waddle: J. C. Quinn
  • Aldo Bennedetti: Don Simpson
  • Jennie Burns: Caroline Williams
  • Donna: Margo Martindale
  • Young Doctor: Michael Burgess
  • Dr. Wilhaire: Gerald R. Molen
  • Darlene: Donna W. Scott
  • Female Highway Patrol Officer: Leilani Sarelle
  • Harlem Hoogerhyde: Chris Ellis
  • Cole’s Crew: Peter Appel
  • Cole’s Crew: Stephen Michael Ayers
  • Cole’s Crew: Mike Slattery
  • Len Dortort: John Griesemer
  • Lauren Daland: Barbara Garrick
  • Russ Wheeler’s Girlfriend: Tania Coleridge
  • Autograph Fan: Alexandra Balahoutis
  • NASCAR Official: Steve Boyd
  • ESPN Announcer: Daniel D. Greenwood
  • Hardee’s Pit Crew Chief: Jim Grimshaw
  • Field Doctor: James Martin Jr.
  • Dr. Crowther: Jim Crowther
  • Doctor: James D. Henson
  • Nurse: Cyndi Vicino
  • Nurse: Shari Ellis
  • Orderly: Xavier Coronel
  • Highway Patrol Officer: Nick Searcy
  • Himself: Jerry Punch
  • Himself: Neil Bonnett
  • Himself: Harry P. Gant
  • Himself: Rusty Wallace
  • Racing Fan (Uncredited): Lori Randolph

Film Crew:

  • Producer: Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Original Music Composer: Hans Zimmer
  • Writer: Tom Cruise
  • Editor: Chris Lebenzon
  • Producer: Don Simpson
  • Director: Tony Scott
  • Editor: Billy Weber
  • Editor: Michael Tronick
  • Editor: Bert Lovitt
  • Unit Production Manager: Gerald R. Molen
  • Art Direction: Thomas E. Sanders
  • First Assistant Director: James W. Skotchdopole
  • Art Direction: Benjamín Fernández
  • Set Decoration: Thomas L. Roysden
  • Costume Design: Susan Becker
  • Casting: David Rubin
  • Screenplay: Robert Towne
  • Director of Photography: Ward Russell
  • Editor: Robert C. Jones
  • Sound Effects Editor: John Benson
  • Editor: Stuart Waks
  • Makeup Supervisor: Rick Sharp
  • Supervising ADR Editor: Juno J. Ellis
  • Stunt Coordinator: Gary McLarty
  • Stunts: Dick Ziker
  • Sound Effects Editor: Beth Sterner
  • Music Editor: Christopher Kennedy
  • Property Master: Mark Wade
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Cecelia Hall
  • Supervising Sound Editor: George Watters II
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Rick Kline
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Donald O. Mitchell
  • Sound Effects Editor: Ed Callahan
  • Sound Effects Editor: Midge Costin
  • Video Assist Operator: Paul Murphey
  • Sound Effects Editor: Howell Gibbens
  • Boom Operator: Kenneth Schwarz
  • Sound Effects Editor: Frank Howard
  • Production Sound Mixer: Charles M. Wilborn
  • Key Makeup Artist: Ellen Wong
  • Steadicam Operator: Robert Ulland
  • Sound Effects Editor: R.J. Palmer
  • Key Hair Stylist: Virginia G. Hadfield
  • Sound Effects Editor: F. Hudson Miller
  • Second Assistant Director: Michael Neumann
  • Script Supervisor: Larry K. Johnson
  • Sound Effects Editor: Pamela Bentkowski
  • Technical Advisor: Rick Hendrick
  • Second Assistant Director: Scott Metcalfe
  • Hairstylist: Gabriel Borgo
  • Leadman: Ronald C. Jacobs

Movie Reviews:

  • JPV852: I’m not much a fan of any kind of racing but found this to be a relatively entertaining sports-thriller which does feature some good NASCAR racing sequences and a nice cast, though can’t really say anybody stood out, even Cruise. **3.25/5**
  • GenerationofSwine: It is Top Gun on wheels isn’t it? Only Maverick came across as more blue collar wild and Trickle is a little more California pretentious wild.

    So it’s kind of Top Gun only with Cary Elwes playing Val Kilmer.

    It’s kind of Top Gun only Robert Duvall plays Cobra.

    It’s kind of Top Gun but Nicole Kidman plays Kelly McGillis.

    It’s kind of Top Gun only with NASCAR instead of Tomcats.

    You can’t really fault this as a bad film, because it makes a promise to be a certain kind of film, and it keeps it’s promise… and entertains while doing it.

    So, if you are coming in thinking Chinatown…. what do you think you are watching?

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