Days of Thunder (1990)(#ad)
Release Date: June 27th, 1990
Days of Thunder was one of Tom Cruise's finest moments in Hollywood after the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun,Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson, this movie features appearance of some real life NASCAR racers including Neil Bonnett, Rusty Wallace and Harry Gant.
Directed by Tony Scott, the star cast of the movie includes Cary Elwes, Tom Cruise, Robert Duvail,Micheal Rooker, Caroline Williams and Randy Quaid.
Cole Trickle a young racer from California with years of experience in open wheel racing had just won the championship in the United States Auto Club and is really desperate to win Indianapolis 500 but slowly realizes that it is not possible for him to win the Indy without a stunning new car.
Cole gets lucky when Tim Daland, Chevrolet's dealership tycoon hires him to race for his team in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
Daland also manages to convince car builder and former crew chief Harry Hogge to lead Cole’s pit crew.
Trickle puts all his efforts during the private test of Chevrolet. Hogge designs a new Chevrolet Lumina for Cole to drive in Winston cup.
In the initial few races, Cole finds it really difficult to adjust with the big stock cars of NASCAR. Cole fails in finishing the race because of a blown engine and multiple clashes.
Harry figures out that Cole is unable to understand the terminologies of NASCAR teams and puts him through a rigorous training process to help him out.
The intense training really works as he manages to overtake Rowdy and win his first race.
This develops a rivalry between Rowdy and Cole that further intensifies as the season progresses, until the tragedy strikes.
Both of them get injured during a multi-car wreck at the Firecracker 400.
While recovering from injuries Cole falls in love with Dr, Claire Lewicki who is the neurosurgeon in Halifax Hospital.
Meanwhile, both Rowdy and Cole receive a warning from Big John who is the president of NASCAR.
As the racing season nears its climax, Cole drives to the victory lane and kisses Claire passionately while celebrating with his pit-crew.
With a gross collection of more than $82.67 million, Days of Thunder was the only movie for created exclusively for car racing fanatics before Fast and Furious took over in 2001.
Cruise's character is of a naturally talented naïve kid with a will to do anything he wants to,with his untamed rambunctious spirit.