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Iron Eagle (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller, War | 17 January 1986 (USA)
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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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Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Some of the "Libyan" soldiers at the airbase where Duog's dad are rescued from, are using the Swedish 9mm SMG m/45. Originally developed during WWII. Still in use - but in very small numbers nowadays - within the Swedish Armed Forces. It has also served in US Special Forces as a very simple, easy handled and very reliable SMG. Some period also manufactured on license in Egypt. That's why the "Libyan" soldiers are using it. In The Hot Rock, Robert Redford and one of his mates also carries one each. See more »

Goofs

In some scenes, Doug is driving a red 1966 Mustang convertible, clearly identified by the dash configuration, and the pitchfork quarter panel trim. In other scenes, He is driving a 1965 Mustang which is identified by the honeycomb grille and wings on the corral in the center (not installed on any '66 model) See more »

Quotes

Chappy Sinclair: And shut down that music!
Doug Masters: It'll screw up my rhythm.
Chappy Sinclair: If you don't shut it down, I'll screw up somethin' else!
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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 »

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Featured in Cobra Kai: Ace Degenerate (2018) See more »

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Reggie's Theme
Written and Performed by Kenny Lewis, Dianne Steinberg and Gary Mallaber
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Very fun movie with a great soundtrack...
25 March 2001 | by RayvynSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this movie in the theater when it first came out. I think I saw it three or four times. It was the best air combat movie I had seen at the time.

I hear this movie compared to Top Gun a lot. In my opinion there is no contest. Iron Eagle is far better than Top Gun. Here's why. Top Gun had very good aerial combat sequences. Some of the best I've still ever seen. However, the plot of Top Gun was AWOL. All I remember of Top Gun is, they practiced, he got the girl, his pal died and he was the hero at the end. Iron Eagle had a good plot. However the aerial combat scenes are pretty fake and tame. Sure it was unbelievable that they could pull it off but there was a plot and a good one.

Iron Eagle's fun lies in it's youthful angst and comedy. Louis Gossett Jr. shows his veteran acting skill in this movie as the veteran pilot. Jason Gedrick was good as the young upstart pilot with too much testosterone. They chemistry between the actors was good. There is one scene where they young pilot asks for Chappy's help and he turns him down and Louis Gossett's acting skills become quite evident. One of the best scenes in the movie is the race between the motorcycle and the Cessna with a pounding rock song in the background. It is one of the best done flight sequences I've seen in a move and is not fake like the combat scenes. Another scene is when the kids use their dupe their parents and other military personnel into getting them what ever they want from the base, including two F-16s. But more than these scenes, it's really the soundtrack that makes the movie. There are songs by Queen(One Vision), Dio(Hide in the Rainbow) and The Spencer Davis Group(Gimmie Some Lovin), what a combo! Not only does the music sound good to our young pilot, it also makes him fly and fight better! While I can't say that Iron Eagle is a masterpiece, it is one of my favorite movies of all time.

Iron Eagle is out on DVD! Now I finally have and excuse to buy a DVD player!

Rayvyn


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Country:

USA | Israel | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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