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DAYS OF THUNDER: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Hotshot driver Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) is discovered by businessman Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) and teamed up with veteran crew chief/car designer and father figure Harry Hogge (Robert Duvall) to win the Daytona 500. Things go from bad to worse when Trickle suffers a near fatal accident and is placed in the care of neurosurgeon Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman).

According to critic's quotes on the back cover, Days of Thunder "Comes on like thunder. It's a winner!" (Joel Siegel, WABC-TV/New York) and rates "**** - Best movie of the summer!" (Steve Kmerko, KCBS-TV/Los Angeles).

You'll agree with these rapturous accolades if a bone-headed drama about a pint-sized stock car racer with a massive ego is your idea of a good time at the movies. If not you'll have a hard time finding anything of value in one of the most risible turkeys to come off the Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer production line.

The only historically noteworthy thing about this big, dumb testosterone fantasy is the first screen teaming of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman who may have been sparking off screen but barely manage to get luke warm in front of the 'scope camera here. The plot screams for a tongue in cheek approach that never arrives as hotshot driver Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) is discovered by businessman Tim Daland (Randy Quaid) and teamed up with a slumming Robert Duvall as veteran crew chief/car designer and father figure Harry Hogge to win the Daytona 500.

Things go from bad to worse when Trickle suffers a near fatal accident and is placed in the care of neurosurgeon Dr. Claire Lewicki (Nicole Kidman). Just 22 when this was made, Kidman is hardly believable as the medical specialist who naturally finds Trickle's narcissistic charms too hard to resist. Full of cringe-worthy dialogue and endless shots of cars zooming around in circles, Days of Thunder is a moronic outing that doesn't even supply the "so bad it's funny" laughs of the previous Tony Scott - Tom Cruise collaboration Top Gun. This is just plain bad and no amount of pop-culture revisionism will ever raise it beyond the banal.

Written by Oscar winner Robert Towne (!), this is easily avoidable unless you really, really love stock car racing. Even then it's a stretch and a few beers should be kept handy to help you through.
Richard Kuipers

Published July 26, 2001

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DAYS OF THUNDER [1990] (M)
US

CAST: Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Nicole Kidman, Randy Quaid, Michael Rooker,
Cary Elwes

DIRECTOR: Tony Scott

RUNNING TIME: 102 min

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Paramount Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: June 8, 2001

SPECIAL FEATURES: Widescreen 2.35:1,Trailer. Languages: English, Italian, Spanish Subtitles: English, English (H.O.H), Croatian, French, Portuguese.







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