The Number Two Review

Days of Thunder (1990)

Episode #11

Paramount Pictures released Days of Thunder to theaters on June 27, 1990. Tony Scott directs the film which stars Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and Robert Duvall.

Days of Thunder 30-Second Summary

From beyond the Jerry Bruckheimer/Don Simpson logo, dawn breaks across the Daytona racetrack for the biggest day of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Over the opening credits, we are introduced to the drivers and fans alike preparing for the action to begin. I sit in my whole seat, but I’ll probably only need the edge!

Rowdy Burns, the Apollo Creed to Cole Trickle’s Rocky Balboa, lights up the track like a Maverick, and wins the race. Meanwhile, scenes of Randy Quaid hanging out at a farm with a tractor-driving Robert Duvall are interspersed. Duvall happens to be a former master Nascar machine builder, and Quaid has big plans for him.

Quaid talks Duvall into getting back into the mix to watch a new driver he has in mind to join their unsponsored team. The driver, a very brash Cole Trickle, rolls in on a motorcycle wearing a leather trench coat for a practice drive. He takes a spin around the track in Rowdy’s borrowed car, and impresses Duvall enough that he agrees to make Cole his own cup car in a scene which looks more like precision open heart surgery than customizing a racer.

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