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He's Out There...
Cast | Deceased | Original DVD | Special Edition DVD | Foreign Titles | Formats | Interviews | News | Notes | Pictures | Quotes |
|Colonel F.E. Cochrane||Malcolm McDowell|
|Officer Frank Murphy||Roy Scheider|
|Capt. Jack Braddock||Warren Oates|
|Officer Richard Lymangood||Daniel Stern|
|Sgt. Short||Ed Bernard|
|Alf Hewitt||James Murtaugh|
|Col. Coe||Phil Feldman|
|Tough mechanic||John Garber|
|Robin Brantos||Diane McNeely|
|Nudy Lucy||Anna Forrest|
|Chief of Police||Reid Cruickshanks|
|Air controller||Billy Ray Sharkey|
|Air controller||Fred Slyter|
|Fighter pilot||John Gladstein|
|Helicopter pilot||Ross Reynolds|
|Helicopter pilot||Karl A. Wickman|
|Helicopter pilot||James W. Gavin|
|Helicopter pilot||Tom Friedkin|
|Policeman at bridge||James Read|
|Mayor's Aide||Frances E. Nealy|
|Drive-In Custodian||Jose Pepe R. Gonzales|
|Man in beanie||Norman Alexander Gibbs|
|Vietcong soldier||Bill Ryusaki|
|Motorcycle cop||Gary Davis|
|Bel-Air Woman||Lucinda Crosby|
|Assault Man 2||Terry Leonard|
Directed by John Badham
Written by Don Jakoby & Dan O'Bannon
Original discs were only full screen.
Later were double-sided, Region 1
Side A - Widescreen 2.35:1
Side B - Full Screen 1.33:1
Languages: English & French
Subtitles: English & French
Dolby Surround, Closed Captioned
Insert with notes by Dan O'Bannon
Cover - front
Language: English Dolby Digital
Subtitles: Spanish & French
Commentary with Director John Badham
35 minute making-of featurette including all-new interviews with Director John Badham & Roy Scheider
Building the Helicopter featurette
Germany - Das fliegende Auge
Italy - Plavi Grom
CED / Beta / VHS - NTSC + PAL / LD / VCD / DVD R1 + R2 / VCD
My Exclusive interview with Candy Clark 10/03
Q: Did you get to hang out with Malcolm at all during shooting?
A: We didn't work together. I didn't see him at all...I'm useless as an interview!
Q: Do you have to audition for the film?
A: No, no. I just got the job.
Q: That's the best way.
Q: How long were you on the set...I know it's hard to remember was 20 years ago?
A: Surely I mean I don't remember a lot about it because it was a film that wasn't really that successful. So I haven't had a lot of questions because it doesn't have that big a following. It was great working with Roy Scheider, he was super. All I remember about the film is running a lot. Like every scene I had to run. I had a lot of leg cramps.
Q: Did you get to go in the helicopter?
A: No. I didn't really want to go in the helicopter. I'm a chicken!
Q: Malcolm said he hated doing it and had to redo the scenes because his mouth was open in fear every time.
A: Yeah, it's frightening. You know, riding in stunt helicopters is not my idea of fun.
Q: Were you a fan of Malcolm's?
A: Yeah, I loved him in A Clockwork Orange, he was super. I think that was some of his finest work.
Q: He's done a bunch of cool movies lately - Assassin of the Tsar, Gangster No. 1, Stroke of Genius...
A: Didn't see any of them.
Q: Any funny stories from the set?
A: Nope, not one. I'm sorry, I told you in advance this was going to be a hopeless interview. It's a film I don't think about that much, to tell you to truth. I'm just being honest.
Q: Did you and John Badham get along?
A: (Laughs) Yes! We got along fine. He gave me a cat at the end of the shoot, an Abyssinian.
Q: Anything else you can think of?
A: No, that's it.
Q: Do you even have a picture from the film to sign?
A: I have one...it's kinda buried. The film did quite well at the time making over $40 million, but today it's basically forgotten.
Afterwards she felt so bad that she didn't have much I could use that she started asking about me, the site and my career. We talked longer about that than the interview. I have to say she was very nice and it was cool that she took the time to talk and ask questions that showed she was really interested in what I did.
5/23/83 Toronto Sun Sunday Showcase
9/83 Starlog with Malcolm
A rare chance to see Blue Thunder in the theater at the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Santa Monica, CA Sunday, 9/14/08
Filmed in 35 mm, Panavision (anamorphic), Aspect ratio 2.35 : 1
109 minutes, rated R
Filmed from January to April 1982.
Filmed in Los Angeles, including the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites - 404 S. Figueroa St
The helicopter was a French made Gazelle.
Opened 5/13/83 and grossed $42 million and later sold over $22 million on video and rentals.
An unofficial Matchbox version was made of the helicopter in 1985. It was repainted in 2 versions - Black and Jungle Camouflage for 1997 as a Jurassic Park II: The Lost World Gen IV helicopter, then a police chopper, a brown desert chopper and the green Military Chopper #46 (1996).
The film is dedicated to Warren Oates who died shortly after shooting completed.
In 1984 a CBS TV series simply called Blue Thunder based on the helicopter aired. It only lasted for 11 episodes, 1 hour each.
The laserdisc was released in 1997 with no extras. Same thing with the DVD in 1998.
A Special Edition DVD was released 4/4/06.
- Candy Clark during my interview 11/1/03
Exclusive - Blue Thunder Helicopter
The prop from the movie, without propeller, rests on the Universal Studios Backlot tour at MGM Florida. I had no idea it would be there and the tram just drives by without stopping. Pictures taken May 2000.
"Hate flying. Hated the whole damned thing. But I must say I loved working with John Alonzo and (director) John Badham. Alonzo did the cinematography on 'Generations,' too, and it was wonderful to work with him again. He's one of the best. His work transforms films into something else." - Malcolm in Starlog 4/95
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