Cinema: Crash Course


Directed by Tony Scott

Screenplay by Robert Towne

Round and round he goes, motor roaring like -- oh, all right, thunder. Where the unfortunately named Cole Trickle (Tom Cruise) will stop, everyone who has ever seen a race-car movie knows: slamming into a wall; skidding across the infield; ultimately, after the getting of masculine wisdom (hospital stays, love affairs, and rivals suffering gloomy, exemplary fates are the traditional teaching aids), in victory alley.

The nerve of these people, recycling that story. No, the shrewdness of these people. For Days of Thunder offers adolescent males the possibility of a...

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