Days of Thunder

1990

Action / Drama / Sport

64
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 39%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 61%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 69327

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Tom Cruise as Cole Trickle
Nicole Kidman as Dr. Claire Lewicki
Cary Elwes as Russ Wheeler
Robert Duvall as Harry Hogge
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Saiyan_Prince_Vegeta 8 / 10

I've learned a lot about Nascar

Nascar wasn't something that interested me, but after watching this movie I've learned a lot more about Nascar. I've learned about structures of the teams. Basically it's like a normal job. Boss hires a coach and a driver and also mechanics, who try to win races and make him money. Also, I didn't know it's that dangerous and that they actually try to hit each other when racing. I watched YouTube videos and it does actually happen in real life. Tom Cruise is great here and Nicole Kidman as well. Humour is nice, loved the scene with cops lol :D This movie allows you to see the life of a racer. Interesting moment from the movie is when Cole (Tom Cruise) said that he's more afraid of becoming noone rather than becoming a cripple. Apparently for some people being a cripple is not such a bad thing, as opposed to being noone. Basically they are ready to take the risks and won't regret it

Reviewed by slightlymad22 6 / 10

The Tom Cruise Template Is Starting To Bore

Continuing my plan to watch every Tom Cruise movie in order, I come to Days Of Thunder (1990)

Plot In A Paragraph: Cole Trickle (Cruise) a young hot shot stock car driver, gets his chance to compete at the top level

Cruise does not make it 3 in a row, following on from Rain Man and Born On The Fourth Of July, this movie is a let down. One of its main problems is The problem that plagues all racing movies, predictability!! You know how it is going to end. Then add the fact that it was just exactly like so many other Cruise movies (Top Gun, Colour Of Money and Cocktail) I have watched recently. The Cruise character, a young, cocky but naturally talented kid, who could be the best, if only he could learn some damn self control and discipline. He has a mentor, an older man, who has been there and done it all, and knows talent when he sees it, then throw in a love interest, older and more mature than Cruise. It's practically a template, only the occupation changes (Pilot, Pool Player, Bartender) nothing else.

As I said above Cruise is just playing the standard Tom Cruise character as in the other movies. He doesn't offer anything new at all, and following on from his last two performances, that is a shame. Nicole Kidman doesn't really offer anything to the movie, and gives no indication of the star she would be come. Randy Quaid is normally an actor I cringe watching, but he is OK here. Michael Rooker, an actor I always like seeing and John C Reilly another actor I enjoy watching high offer reliable support. Don Simpson cast himself in a supporting role in this movie, however he was so bad, that his role was reduced to a single line.

The best thing in this movie is Robert Duvall. The man never disappoints, and this movie is no exception. He is head and shoulders above everyone else.

The movie was a troubled production from the off, Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer and Robert Towne argued with director Tony Scott daily. Production began without a finished script. Scenes were often written the day of filming. During one driving sequence, Tom Cruise (who has a Story By credit) had to read his lines off cue cards attached to his windshield. For subsequent driving sequences, Cruise was fitted with a special earpiece to have lines fed to him. The budget doubled, and would have needed to make $100 million to just break even, which back then was a huge amount.

Days Of Thunder grossed $82 million at the domestic box office, to end the year the 13th highest grossing movie of 1989.

Random side note. The film's disappointing box office performance destroyed the relationship between Paramount and producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. After the film under-performed the studio asked Simpson and Bruckheimer to give Paramount nine million dollars of their earnings for this movie back to defray losses. The producers responded by telling Paramount they were done working for them.

Reviewed by jhamjohnston 7 / 10

Put yourself in the driver's seat.

It may not be a documentary on the real NASCAR world, but it certainly is entertaining. The movie manages to capture the feeling of what it would be like to whip around the track at crazy speeds while waiting for calamity to strike. A great cast with Duval, Cruise, Kidman, Quaid, and Michael Rooker. Almost did not recognize Rooker as a younger man after seeing him in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead. The movie tries to create some emotional moments with love interests and close friends, but it seems to fall a little flat in this regard. Still in manages to entertain and provides a glimpse into a world that many may never have seen.

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