Blue Thunder

Synopsis: Blue Thunder is a specially modified helicopter. It is for police work, but is armed and designed to counter street insurgencies. Its makers want to show what it will do, but have to train Los Angeles Police pilot Frank Murphy to fly and use it in order to allow it to operate in the city. Murphy and the project pilot have differences going back to Vietnam. The conflict between them continues to heat up as Murphy begins to suspect that Blue Thunder is more than has been disclosed.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): John Badham
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min





Where the hell's Murphy?

Hey, Jafo!

-Go find Murphy.

-Yes, sir.

Sir, Lieutenant Kress

wants you on the pad.


Lose something?

No. You're wanted on the pad.

Mind if I ask what you're doing?

I don't mind at all.

Murph, feeling any pressure?

Yeah, about 1 5 pounds per

square inch at sea level.

Where's Montoya?

Don't you check the duty board?

He's on days.

I forgot.

You're flying with

that new guy, Lymangood.

-The what?

-Me. Lymangood.


Captain Maloney and Officer Reiss,

report to Operations.

If it was me, I'd ground him.

He'll be all right.

Personally, I wouldn't fly with him

for a bull that pissed Jack Daniels.

Is that right?

-All set?

-Yeah. Yes, sir.

You sure now?

Airship-12 rolling out at 1959 hours.

No, make that 2000 hours.

Murphy and Lymangood.

Where the hell's Montoya?

They say he put in for days after

that wingding that Murphy threw.

No sh*t. Let me call Departure.

L.A. Departure

Control Air-1 2 out at...

... 22000. VFR 5000 will be

coming to you 1. 25.

Traffic advisory.

Lymangood. Lymangood...

...what brings you to Air Support?

Oh, I don't know.

I just put in for observer.

I kind of liked the idea of it.

No guns. No kicking in doors.

You know, just quiet.

Oh, yeah.

All these people! What do you

suppose they're all doing down there?

According to the latest statistics,

1 ,000,775,000 of them...

...are getting it on.

That many, huh?

The rest are waiting

for Laverne and Shirley.

Well, let's see what we can see here.

I got a black guy in a beanie.

Looks like he's selling

dope out of a van.

-Is that a red beanie?

-Yeah, that's him.

This is primo, man.

You want it?

He's ours. Undercover Buy Program.

Right, right.

-You were at the briefing?

-Yes, sir. Guess I just forgot.

You're gonna fit right in.

Air-12, we have

a 21 1 in progress... Burbank and Vineland.

Male Negro,

orange shirt and cowboy hat.

He's armed and has a hostage.

Well, call it in.

Air-1 2 to Central. Proceeding to

the 21 1 at Burbank and Vineland.

Let's get out of here, man!


You dumb idiot!

Your guy's heading for the junkyard.

Orange shirt and a cowboy hat, huh?

Whatever happened to inconspicuous?

Hit him! Hit him with the light.

I got him.

-Jesus Christ!

-Welcome to Air Support.

-Call an ambulance.


Look at that guy.

Ground units! A man with

a gun is behind that dumpster.

No, the other way!

We're going down.

We gotta dust him.

Hit the ground, son. Hit it!

Code 4. They got it knocked.

Sir, what was the business

with the watch?

Back in the Ready Room,

with the watch?

Sort of a test.

If you think you're going

over the edge... lose your sense of time.

With your eyes shut, you can't

tell 25 seconds from 5.

I get it, sir. Yes, sir.

Stop calling me "sir."

You sound like David Copperfield.

Yes, sir. I mean, okay, sir.

Check that ride at 1 0:00.

-Which one?

-Underneath the tree.

How do you see that sh*t?

See it?

-It's got no plates on it.

-Well, call it in.

Abandoned vehicle.

Air-1 2 to Central. Reporting

an abandoned vehicle. It's a--

Come on, what kind of car?

It's a light tan Chevy.

It's got no front plates.

It's got no plates at all.

It's near the top of the hill

on Linden Road.

Very good.

Oh, thanks.

What time have you got?

You got about 1 0:30?

Been talking to Montoya, haven't you?

Well, he did mention

something about Encino.

I suppose you deserve

full initiation.

You might as well

have your picture taken.

Montoya thinks she's

some kind of movie actress.

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Dan O'Bannon

Daniel Thomas "Dan" O'Bannon (September 30, 1946 – December 17, 2009) was an American film screenwriter, director, visual effects supervisor, and occasional actor, usually in the science fiction and horror genres.O'Bannon is best known for having written the screenplay for Alien, adapted from a story he wrote with Ronald Shusett. He also contributed computer animation to Star Wars, worked on cult classics such as Dark Star, Heavy Metal, and Total Recall, and wrote and directed the horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead. more…

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