Days of Thunder (1990) USA
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Director:Tony Scott
Producer:Don Simpson, Gerald R. Molen, Jerry Bruckheimer
Writer:Robert Towne, Tom Cruise
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Tony Scott  ...  (Director)
Robert Towne, Tom Cruise  ...  (Writer)
Tom Cruise  ...  Cole Trickle
Robert Duvall  ...  Harry Hogge
Nicole Kidman  ...  Dr. Claire Lewicki
Randy Quaid  ...  Tim Daland
Cary Elwes  ...  Russ Wheeler
Michael Rooker  ...  Rowdy Burns
Fred Dalton Thompson  ...  Big John
John C. Reilly  ...  Buck Bretherton
J.C. Quinn  ...  Waddell
Don Simpson  ...  Aldo Bennedetti
Caroline Williams  ...  Jennie Burns
Donna W. Scott  ...  Darlene (as Donna Wilson)
Chris Ellis  ...  Harlem Hoogerhyde
Peter Appel  ...  Cole's Crew
Stephen Michael Ayers  ...  Crewmember
Ward Russell  ...  Cinematographer
Bert Lovitt  ...  Editor
Comments: You can't stop the thunder.

Summary: With Days of Thunder, director Tony Scott tried to do for the Indy 500 what he did for the U.S. Air Force with Top Gun. But without Top Gun's go-go soundtrack and visual feats, Scott merely ends up with a Tom Cruise vehicle that's out of gas.
Cruise plays (what else?) a cocky, upstart stock-car racer who faces down ruthless racing opponents. Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Cary Elwes, and Randy Quaid do the laps around this movie's tiresome track with Cruise, while director Scott attempts to propel the action along with his trademark visceral, gritty but glamorous visual style.
Days of Thunder is notable, however, as a turning point in Cruise's then one-dimensional career. After this film--having tired even his most devoted fans by playing a bartender, an air force pilot, and a stock-car driver--Cruise was forced to take on real character parts. --Ethan Brown