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Red Flag: The Ultimate Game (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 3 October 1981
Two fighter pilots, Phil Clark and Jay Rivers, who flew together in Vietnam are assigned to the elite Air Force Fighter Weapons School (known as "Red Flag") at Nellis AFB, Nevada about a ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Taylor

Writer:

T.S. Cook
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Credited cast:
Barry Bostwick ... Major Jay Rivers
Alan Campbell Alan Campbell ... Lieutenant Tommy Heinz
Linden Chiles ... Colonel Collette
George Coe
Van Corwith Van Corwith ... Captain Marshfield
William Devane ... Major Phil Clark
Debra Feuer ... Elaine Barnstable
J.C. Henning ... Lieutenant Linda Fowles (as Joan-Carol O'Connell)
Jay Kerr Jay Kerr ... Poppa Tolbert
Fred McCarren ... Frank
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Colonel Anderson
Vic Vallaro Vic Vallaro ... Dr. Jones
Joan Van Ark ... Marie
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Two fighter pilots, Phil Clark and Jay Rivers, who flew together in Vietnam are assigned to the elite Air Force Fighter Weapons School (known as "Red Flag") at Nellis AFB, Nevada about a decade after the war. Brash, self-confident Clark is an instructor, while quieter, family man Rivers is the student. At first, the two men resume their friendship. But as the student starts to show the master a thing or two, tensions develop. Can their relationship survive the stresses of one of the military's top schools? Written by John A. Barnes

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During the funeral sequence, the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" perform the Missing Man Formation in honor of a fallen pilot. Filmed in 1981, the Thunderbirds would themselves deal with tragedy three times during an 8 month span, losing 3 members of the formation seen in the film, and 6 pilots in all. In May of 1981, Thunderbird 6, Captain Nick Hauck (flying the rear-most aircraft, closest to the viewer during the funeral sequence), was killed during an airshow at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Four months later, Thunderbird Commander/Leader, Lt Col David "DL" Smith, was killed when attempting to eject from his aircraft, shortly after takeoff from Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, following their annual airshow. Four months later, the Thunderbirds would lose Commander/Leader, Major Norm Lowry, Captain "Willie" Mays, Captain "Pete" Peterson (the pilot executing the pull up in the Missing Man sequence in the movie), and Captain Mark Melancon, when all four Diamond Formation aircraft crashed during practice at Indian Springs, Nevada, at what is now Creech Air Force Base. See more »

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Major Rivers obviously is from a Air Base in Florida as several times he or his wife references it. But the aircraft he flies has a Nellis Tail code and markings of the 414 Aggressor Fighter Squadron, the very squadron he is up against. See more »

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Devane rocks in this flick
12 March 2005 | by Col_HesslerSee all my reviews

All in all, this flick is OK. I was ten when it came on TV, and at that age, you know I loved flying. William Devane has always been a favorite of mine, and here he was terrific, intense. Barry Bostwick's weapons officer, Heinz, loved giving lip to people, and in one scene, Devane had a part on his plane break that cost 79 cents. Devane vented his feeling with the line, "You tell that bastard Heinz to watch his mouth, or his face will be worth 79 cents!" Most actors couldn't pull of that line the way he did. See this flick for him, even if you're not a fan. And the Navy doesn't have all the good films. Just so our friend from Texas knows.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det Livsfarlige Spillet See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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