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Iron Eagle (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller, War | 17 January 1986 (USA)
A young pilot plans a rescue mission when his father, an Air Force Colonel, is shot down over enemy territory and captured.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Kevin Alyn Elders (as Kevin Elders), Sidney J. Furie

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Chappy
Jason Gedrick ... Doug
David Suchet ... Minister of Defense
Tim Thomerson ... Ted
Larry B. Scott ... Reggie
Caroline Lagerfelt ... Elizabeth
Jerry Levine ... Tony
Robbie Rist ... Milo
Michael Bowen ... Knotcher
Robert Jayne ... Matthew (as Bobby Jacoby)
Melora Hardin ... Katie
David Greenlee David Greenlee ... Kingsley
Michael Alldredge ... Col. Blackburn
Tom Fridley ... Brillo
Rob Garrison ... Packer
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Storyline

When Doug's father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state, no one seems able to get him out. Doug finds Chappy, an Air Force Colonel who is intrigued by the idea of sending in two fighters piloted by himself and Doug to rescue Doug's father after bombing the MiG base. Their only problems: Borrowing two fighters, getting them from California to the Mediteranean without anyone noticing, and Doug's inability to hit anything unless he has music playing. Then come the minor problems of the state's air defenses. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Doug is 18. Raised on an air base and born to fly. His father has been shot down 6000 miles away, and has been sentenced to death... for the crime of being an American. Everyone's telling Doug to sit tight and wait. Everyone but Retired Air Force Colonel Chappy Sinclair. They know what they have to do. And they've "borrowed" a pair of F-16s to do it. For them, waiting time is over. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Israel | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iron Eagle See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramat David Air Base, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,104,754, 19 January 1986

Gross USA:

$24,159,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,159,872
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Stateside scenes around the Air Force base were filmed at Camarillo Airport in Oxnard, California. In real-life, Camarillo Airport was itself a U.S. Air Force base, going by the name of Oxnard Air Force Base until its closure and handover to civilian authorities in 1970. As in this movie, Oxnard flew fighter aircraft, operating the supersonic McDonnell F-101 Voodoo and Convair F-106 Delta Dart until the base closed. Some of the buildings still existing on the property adjacent to the airfield were built and used by the Air Force. See more »

Goofs

During the Cessna/motorcycle race, an under wing shot shows black stripes, the next under wing shot shows a red design on a white background. See more »

Quotes

Doug Masters: Chappy, I got 'em, I got all three of the guns!
Chappy Sinclair: Yeah, but one of them got me.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are yellow over a blue background, as opposed to the normal white over a black background. See more »

Connections

Edited into Stealth Fighter (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Gimme Some Lovin
Written by Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood, and Spencer Davis
Performed by the Spencer Davis
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Not as bad as some people make it seem
12 April 1999 | by maitregSee all my reviews

This movie is not quite as bad as some of the comments want you to believe. It does have some serious reality flaws. But that's exactly where it excels. This is not a story about a kid trying to rescue his dad. This is a story about the flying fantasies of youth. I grew up playing quite a few flight simulators on computers, and this added to my fantasy of someday flying a fighter jet. This is exactly what this movie's about, a kid completely enthralled with flight simulations that he becomes a good pilot.

They should have left it at that though. The kid's fantasy of rescuing his dad (also a pilot) from some mysterious middle eastern base should not have been brought to reality. Reality should not have extended past his races in his single-engine crop-duster with a motorcycle. Throughout the movie, the kid does not see the world as a dangerous place. He still sees it as one big simulation. This is exactly how you should watch the movie, otherwise, it will seem like a ridiculous plot that's out-of-touch with the real world.


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