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Sidepodfilmclub - Days of Thunder // Prepare to find out if he really can do anything in a race car

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The Sidepodfilmclub makes its summer break return, ably filling up one evening of the long days with no Formula One. There's no F1 in this movie either, of course, with Tom Cruise setting his heart on getting to the top in NASCAR, despite his no doubt maverick tendencies. Pull up a chair, grab yourselves some popcorn (other snacks are allowed too), and pop a cool beverage as we live comment our way through an epic, if slightly dated, movie. A tribute to the late, great, Tony Scott who brought us this greatness.

As it happened: Sidepodfilmclub - Summer break edition

  • 19:45

    Hello all, welcome to the return of Sidepodfilmclub! It's been a while.

  • 19:46

    Today we'll be exploring the delights of Days of Thunder, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and directed by Tony Scott.

  • 19:48

    Of course, we pay our respects to Tony Scott who died on 19th August. We had this film picked out already, but it's a Sidepodtribute now.

  • 19:49

    Days of Thunder appeared in cinemas in the year 1990, initially to mixed reviews. It ended up being more successful on what they call "home video".

  • 19:51

    There were also two video games created - one in 1990 to tie in with the film, and one in 2011... to cash in, I guess!

  • 19:52

    Movie start frameThis is where we have paused, for when the clock hits 8pm.

  • 19:55

    Five minute warning!

  • 19:57

    Right, get yourselves comfortable, grab your snacks and drinks, it's almost time to hit that play button.

  • 20:00

    Green flagPLAY!

  • 20:00

    Fitting that the Bruckheimer ident is lightning.

  • 20:02

    QuoteComment from Mr C: "it's like a real life version of cars."

  • 20:03

    Some pretty fantastic 80s musics going on... even if it was released in 1990.

  • 20:03

    Green flag!

  • 20:04

    "I don't mind spreading a little fertiliser now and again. There's worse things."

  • 20:06

    It's quite a speed difference, going from NASCAR to driving tractors.

  • 20:07

    QuoteComment from Bassano: Smoking at a race track? How 20th century

  • 20:07

    Ahhh, it's Tom Cruise on a motorbike. Surprise, surprise!

  • 20:11

    Just someone there pressing a stopwatch. How high tech!

  • 20:12

    "Now go get your own car, we'll see how you do in a crowd."

  • 20:14

    Green and yellow car. Should at least be able to spot it in the crowd.

  • 20:17

    He crashed in the pit lane!

  • 20:18

    I don't think you make friends and influence people by jumping out the car and beating up your team.

  • 20:20

    He has a mug with his name on. I want a mug with my name on.

  • 20:22

    "I don't know much about cars."

  • 20:24

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: I think that rear tyre guy may be working for Mclaren

  • 20:26

    I think I spied a little bit of lens flare there. Might have been genuine though!

  • 20:30

    He wins!

  • 20:33

    Cruise has a bit of a double denim habit in this film.

  • 20:34

    "There's calculating drivers and there's kamikaze drivers."

  • 20:37

    The team have changed colours. Now I've lost them.

  • 20:39

    Big crash. How do these drivers go headlong into zero visibility smoke without skipping a beat?

  • 20:40

    There's a future Mrs Cruise in scrubs.

  • 20:41

    QuoteComment from Steven: "Was she not the current Mrs Cruise at the time?"

    Married in December that year. According to the peoplepedia.

  • 20:45

    Once a racer, always a racer... even in the hospital wheelchairs.

  • 20:50

    She just shut the car door on him. That's a great hint that the conversation is over!

  • 20:52

    They don't have much respect for the rented cars.

  • 20:55

    He waited around for her to end her shift, and later sent a jungle to her apartment. Quite scary.

  • 20:55

    QuoteComment from Lukeh: Could've just sent a thank you card to reception.

  • 20:59

    I need more complex racing techniques explained to me with sugar packets.

  • 21:03

    "I got you," she says, moments after letting him fall on the floor.

  • 21:06

    Their faces get very dirty despite being behind a windscreen.

  • 21:07

    QuoteComment from Bassano: This film is so old, those sunglasses are back in fashion

  • 21:11

    QuoteComment from Steven: "Doesn't say much for the regular drivers that two newbies turn up one after the other and beat everyone"

  • 21:13

    I wonder if he'd be so quick to race anyone and anything if it wasn't a rental car beneath him.

  • 21:17

    Cole Trickle is a very angry young man.

  • 21:24

    "That's the loudest talking unconscious man I ever heard in my life."

  • 21:28

    I love that he talks to the car constantly. It'd be fun if the car responded... although that would be a Herbie movie.

  • 21:33

    That Mello Yello advertising is not very mellow.

  • 21:35

    He may have his mojo back.

  • 21:38

    The "get me out in front of the pace car" thing happened just like that in Cars too.

  • 21:39

    Rowdy said he needed them to finish fifth or above, so Cruise doesn't need to be a hero. Oh... wait...

  • 21:41

    Race over, the cars creep back to the pitlane smoking. They all look quite damaged.

  • 21:43

    Chequered flagCredits rolling.

  • 21:45

    Marvellous movie watching, cheesy as anything, but you can't go wrong with that!

  • 21:46

    Thanks for joining in the fun today, and I'll see you next time for more Sidepodfilmclubbing!




The Sidepodfilmclub makes its summer break return, ably filling up one evening of the long days with no Formula One. There's no F1 in this movie either, of course, with Tom Cruise setting his heart on getting to the top in NASCAR, despite his no doubt maverick tendencies. Pull up a chair, grab yourselves some popcorn (other snacks are allowed too), and pop a cool beverage as we live comment our way through an epic, if slightly dated, movie. A tribute to the late, great, Tony Scott who brought us this greatness.

Event start

20:00GMT +01:00

25 August 2012