|Roy Scheider||Officer Frank Murphy|
|Malcolm McDowell||Col. F.E. Cochrane|
|Warren Oates||Capt. Jack Braddock|
|Daniel Stern||Officer Richard Lymangood|
|Ed Berhard||Sgt. Short|
Frank Murphy is a courageous and honorable Los Angeles police officer who is chosen to test run Blue Thunder, a high-tech experimental attack helicopter. While flying Blue Thunder, Murphy and his partner discover that the government intends to use the helicopter for corrupt crowd control and surveillance.