Days of Thunder

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  1. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    I was checking the Roku channel last night and came across Days of thunder and decided to watch it.

    When I saw Days of Thunder in a theater and I didn't like it, it exploited the worst examples of race car driving I had ever seen. It occurred to me later that I had seen most of the scenes in the movie over my years watching NASCAR, I just wasn’t used to seeing them all in 100 minutes. One of the scenes I hadn’t seen before was Trickle wrecking the race winner but I think the Kenseth/Lagano incident qualifies. One of my favorite scenes was the Ford-Chevy rental car episode.

    It was fun seeing the cars from that era again. I remember watching the races they were filming, the announcers explained there were movie cars running in the race. I assume they had to be illegal cars to ensure they were able to run up front. It was a good story. I also had to remind myself that it isn’t a documentary. Many elements were based on real world occurrences (or stories).

    Check out the real world homage section in Wikipeadia:
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  2. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I have always considered it one of the classics in race car films. Not a serious classic type, but one of the better ones at wrapping hollywood and racing together. Probably in the top ten if I was ranking them but I don't.
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  3. DanicaFreak

    DanicaFreak Green monster

    I like it
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  4. Snappy D

    Snappy D 2017 Pick Em Champion 2018 Bold Predictor

    its actually one of my favorite movies, I watch it each year the night before the Daytona 500. I know many people frown upon the movie because of its realism but its a movie....... its supposed to be entertainment.
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  5. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    If you have a good surround sound system, you can rattle the windows with this movie! :booya::punkrocke The sound track was great.
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  6. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    It's not a great movie, but it's a lot of fun.

    Want to see a great racing movie, watch Ron Howard's Rush. One of the most underrated movies.
  7. 2 Sweet

    2 Sweet Legend

    Days of Thunder is one of my favorite movies. Always has been. I was just a little kid when my parents bought me the VHS tape (I think in summer of 1991) which was shortly after I had started watching NASCAR. Yes, there are some corny elements to it, and I understand why some folks may not like it too much. Robert Duvall building a Winston Cup chassis in a barn on his farm, talking to the car about all the Smokey-like tricks he has up his sleeve…..yeah, it’s silly and over the top. But it’s a movie, and I think it’s a good one from a fun and entertainment standpoint.

    I still watch it at least once a year, usually in early February before the season starts. It’s also really cool for nostalgic reasons with the music and the older style race cars and all that. The late 80’s heading into the 90’s was one of the greatest time periods in NASCAR history IMO.

    One thing’s for sure, it’s a hell of a lot better movie than Talladega Nights, which is a complete embarrassment to NASCAR in multiple ways. There are some funny parts to it, but for the most part I think it’s just a big mockery of the sport.
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  8. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    My gripe is that for the money they spent and the trouble they went to, it could have been an all time great racing movie on par with Grand Prix, but they copped out and went the easy way with all style and no substance. The basic premise of the movie is solid, but in typical Hollywood fashion they have to take EVERYTHING to the point of absurdity, and getting simple things wrong like having the races in the completely wrong order and the idea of building Cup cars in a old bank barn in the 1990's is just absurd and inexcusable. In the first place, the first time fired up the welder, that barn would have burnt to the ground. Using one of Harry Hyde's old building out behind HMS would have been a LOT more realistic. The entire Nicole Kidman part is a complete waste of film. She is neither believable, OR interesting in that role. The audience has ZERO reason to give a damn about her character. I've been a fan of some of Jerry Bruckheimer's work, but compared to Grand Prix, DoT looks like it was made by high school students.
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  9. kkfan91

    kkfan91 Taking a 10-200

    Isn't the wrecking the winner based off Elliott and Earnhardt at the Winston?
  10. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Elements of it were based off the rivalry between Dale Earnhardt and Geoff Bodine.
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  11. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    he rubbed ya. and rubbin son is racin. Classic. I want you to go out there and hit the pace car.:D

    Last edited: Jan 3, 2019
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  12. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    I want you to go out there and hit the pace car, why, cause ya hit every other sum bitch out there and I don't want him to feel left out!
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  13. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I think a person can see a little bit of many drivers in that film, for instance Tim Richmond didn't know anything about a race car but he was a natural at driving one.
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  14. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

    If you want a movie about racing, this isnt the movie.

    If you want a racing soap opera full of emotional exaggeration, this is it.

    x2 on @AndyMarquisLive suggestion to watch Rush.
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  15. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Matched perfect and staggered special, you can hold em :D
  16. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    I've seen both MOVIES, Days of Thunder and I have seen Rush, both were good movies, with a heavy emphasis on the word "MOVIE".
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  17. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    me too, I think I have seen just about every one from Micky Rooney "Big wheel" on to the present. Most of the time seeing the vintage race cars are the stars of the show in my world. One of the best redeeming qualities of Elvis's attempt to do one or one of Paul Newman's racing movies.
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  18. LewTheShoe

    LewTheShoe Team Owner

    People who judge action films harshly because some details are "wrong" completely miss the point of action films. Personally, I like Days of Thunder. It's an excellent movie, and cool that many true-to-life characters and stories are incorporated. It wouldn't surprise me if market research showed that the movie had a role in the explosive growth of Nascar fad fans in the 1990's.
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  19. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    Big wheel was better than days of Thunder, imo.
  20. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    Proud owner of the DVD here lol.

    Rush is awesome.
  21. Rush is a great movie, for the racing element AND Olivia Wilde....

    Petty had a great quote about DoT

    The only thing real in that movie was the numbers on the cars.

  22. Towmater

    Towmater Ratings Craterville

    Days of Thunder uses every NASCAR cliché just like Talladega Nights did. Both are horrible movies. I was glad to see Buck Bretherton get his shot at driving in Talladega Nights. The guy was a car chief and a winning driver. That type of talent is off the charts.
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  23. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    If you like 4 banger Offy's it wasn't bad. Pretty fakey scene when Mikey was driving.
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  24. Greg

    Greg 2014 RF YAHOO CHAMP Your leader

    I agree I just wrote off the fakey scenary as an assumed low budget flaw(I have no idea of the production budget etc).
    I just didn't have any expectations and never heard of it prior to finding it on TV one day.

    Days of Thunder on the hand was talked about and obviously being worked on and promoted for some time. Lots of build up and expectations.
    The racing footage resembled something more like bumper cars too me at the county fair. With almost no respect given to how technically difficult racing can be. More like a bad expensive joke, imo.
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  25. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan

    Hey, we are in this movie, so I have to like it. They filmed parts at Daytona with us in the grandstand. I remember the airlift by the helicopter too.
    It's great entertainment for me, especially when I need to kill a couple hours.
    I am pretty sure we went to see the movie the first day it appeared in theaters. :D
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  26. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    eh some of it they did pretty well. The "Drop the hammer" scene was pretty good I thought. They caught the speed pretty well, and it has been used years later jokingly by some drivers. AND some of the knuckleheads around here during the race thread so it left a lasting impression on some of us.:D
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  27. ChexOrWrex

    ChexOrWrex Ya gotta wanna

  28. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Rush should've been nominsted for an Oscar. Movie is that good. Not hyperbole either.
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  29. ToyYoda

    ToyYoda Team Owner

    I can’t respond to this thread right now....I’m .....eating ice cream.
  30. Turtle84

    Turtle84 Chastain Supporter

    ICE CREAM!?!?
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  31. be9ak7ts16

    be9ak7ts16 Hick

    I’ve always called it Days or Blunder. The racing footage was absurd at best. C’mon the banging that went on on the last laps of the race? Stoooooooopid. And the dirty faces? I saw all the races that the film cars were in, I bought into the hype that this was going to be a masterpiece of the racing movies. It was crap.
  32. be9ak7ts16

    be9ak7ts16 Hick

    Two Lane Blacktop, the best car movie ever.
  33. DIDIT

    DIDIT Old School Fan probably didn't like Six Pack either...:D

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  34. be9ak7ts16

    be9ak7ts16 Hick

    How could you not, them kids were adorable.
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  35. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I kinda feel sorry for those who thought Days of Thunder with "Top Gun" Tom Cruise and Nichole Kidman was going to be a serious movie about racing. If a person wants to see a serious racing move that hollywood didn't get their hands on, watch LeMans. That was Steve Mcqueen's labor of love filmed in the golden era of racing. He even laid on the inside of a corner with a camera to catch a Porsche 917 cornering at speed and could have easily been killed if something had gone wrong. Easily one of the top five racing films. The plot pretty much sucks, but the racing scenes can't be beat. It is a film for the hard core racing film fan IMO.

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  36. Another great one, along with the dreamy Diane Lane.

    Saw that in the theater at the ripe old age of 10 maybe?

    I’m pretty sure Farmer Ted was in it too.
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  37. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

  38. Dr_B_UNC

    Dr_B_UNC Team Owner

    Yes. Great, great movie.
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  39. Zerkfitting

    Zerkfitting Team Owner

    I consider Gran Prix one of the best racing movies. The sound is from the real cars on the real tracks of the day. When the movie came out is was shown in a special theater with three screens, the movie was produced for that format (that was back in the 1960s way before Imax). James Garner went to the Bondurant race school to train for the movie, Bondurant said he could be a driver if he wanted to.
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  40. Dr_B_UNC

    Dr_B_UNC Team Owner

    I could ignore the “Hollywood” nature of Days of Thunder if it were well put together, but the continuity and editing were so atrocious. Cars changed in shot to shot within 30 second spans. That and the dirty faces and constant shifting gears...

    “Wheeler knocked me into Gant! Gant spun out!” Green car is Gant, then Brett Bodine, then Gant, then Bodine...

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