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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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Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The name of the country in which Colonel Masters was being held prisoner is never mentioned, only the cities of Bilyad and Il Karim, and that the country is considered a pariah nation in the Middle East. See more »

Goofs

When Milo is using the computer to access intelligence data, the screen lists a "Su-19 Fencer." This is incorrect as the Fencer is actually the SU-24. This confusion exists because in early 1974 U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Thomas Moorer announced the new Soviet plane as a SU-19 Fencer (due to an incorrect NATO designation that was corrected afterwards); even today some references incorrectly mention the SU-19 Fencer. Still, USAF data in 1986 would have the correct NATO designation of SU-24 Fencer. See more »

Quotes

Hangar mechanic: I'm glad you brought these down. Your mom's trying to starve me to death on this new diet!
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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

Featured in Tosh.0: Rock Climber Pooed Pants (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Can Make You Cry
Written by Donnie Kehr, Ian Hunter and Michael Kehr
Performed by Urgent
Courtesy of Manhattan Records
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User Reviews

 
First episode of the franchise with a magnificent Louis Gosset Jr. as ¨Chappy¨
4 October 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film focuses a boy about eighteen-years-old (Jason Gedrick) ; when his father (Tim Thomerson) is taken prisoner by a dictator (David Suchet) from Middle East , he steals a F 16 fighter jet to rescue his daddy . He's helped by the brave Colonel ¨Chappy¨ Sinclair (Louis Gosset Jr. , though Morgan Freeman auditioned for the part) . The movie contains a plethora of action scenes , explosion , blasts , aircraft battles with various jet-planes flying to sound-velocity and blown up . The picture is a blend of typical films from the 80s , as ¨Top Gun¨and ¨Rambo¨ but starred by a teenager .

The story provides entertainment and action with no sense but being sometimes a little bit boring and dull . All of the fighter aircraft used (F-16 fighters ; plus , F-21 fighters depicting enemy MiGs) are actually Israeli Air Force aircraft , repainted with the USAF symbol and a fictitious enemy symbol . Jason Gedrick is the valiant he-man , he causes wreck havoc to nasties commanded by the villain David Suchet . Our hero ¨Chappy¨ is well personified by Louis Gosset Jr , usual to all the¨Iron Eagle¨ saga . Spectacular cinematography by Adam Greenberg with excellent sky-shots . However , the score is awful , but is based in disco-music and synthesizer , in spite of being composed by Basil Poledouris (¨Conan¨ music's author) . The motion picture was regularly directed by Sidney J.Furie . It's followed by three sequels, all directed by Furie with exception the second directed by John Glen , thus : ¨Iron Eagle 2¨ (1988) with Mark Humphrey ; ¨Aces : Iron Eagle III¨ (1992) with Rachel McLish and Horst Buchhold ; and ¨Iron Eagle IV¨ with Rachel Blanchard .


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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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