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Black Thunder (1998)

When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands. There is only one man who can get ... See full summary »

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Rick Jacobson
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Credited cast:
Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius ... Hinkle
Catherine Bell ... Lisa
Michael Cavanaugh ... Barnes
Michael Dudikoff ... Vince
Frederic Forrest ... The Admiral
John Furey ... Moore
Landon Hall Landon Hall ... Eileen
Gary Hudson ... Jannick
John Lafayette John Lafayette ... Demuth
Robert Madrid ... Stone
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Rojar
Richard Norton ... Rather
Dean Scofield ... Captain Jones
Sonny Surowiec ... Alias
Marc Vahanian ... Radio Operator
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When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands. There is only one man who can get back the plane; the test-pilot Vince Conners. He and his partner Jannick pursues the Nova to Libya but when they land at the site their mission fails. Jannick has been captured and Conners is on the run. Without friends or allies they have to try to find the Nova without falling into the hands of the military regime and before Libyian terrorists uses the plane to bomb a meeting of the United Nations in Paris, with nerve gas. Written by Laurens Koehoorn <laurens.koehoorn@planetinternet.be>

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The World's Most Powerful Jet Fighter Is In Enemy Hands. Only One Man Can Steal It Back.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Nancy Valen (Mela) used body double Susan More for her nude scene. See more »

Goofs

When the pilots are discussing the SR-71, they mention 'the usual weapons.' The SR-71 never carried weapons; its construction was too light to support them, and the plane went so fast that they'd be hundreds of miles away from its target by the time it fired. The SR-71 was the best reconnaissance aircraft ever made, superseded only by satellite intelligence, but it was completely unarmed. See more »

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one of my favorite Dudikoff flicks
11 April 2002 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

BLACK THUNDER isn't really a good movie, but it's definitely fun and is one of my favorite Dudikoff movies. Several of his movies have had interesting concepts, this one included: a prototype fighter jet with a stealth mode that hides it not just from radar, but from the human eye as well, rendering the plane completely invisible. When karate expert Richard Norton steals it, Michael Dudikoff is recruited to steal it back. Flying into enemy territory with an SR-71 and comedic sidekick Gary Hudson, Dudikoff sets out to recover the stolen aircraft, finding help from a local villager, BAYWATCH beauty Nancy Valen. (Sadly, that's a body double for Valen during the nude scene.) One of my favorite scenes is towards the end, when Dudikoff takes on a whole airfield full of enemy soldiers with a machine gun and a couple grenades. The climactic dogfight between Dudikoff and Norton has some cheapo effects (especially of that missile flying around), but it's all tongue-in-cheek fluff that can turn a rainy Saturday afternoon into something fun.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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Black Thunder - Die Welt am Abgrund See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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