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The Starfighters (1964)

 |  Drama  |  25 March 1964 (USA)
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A young Air Force lieutenant falls in love with fighter planes while his father, a Congressman and war hero, yearns for him to fly heavy bombers.



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The story of young Lt. Witkowski, an Air Force F-104 Starfighter pilot, and his attempts to prove himself a worthy pilot to his father, a congressman and Air Force war hero. Aerial refueling is prominently featured in this tale of the peacetime Air Force. Written by David Conner <>

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The blazing adventure of the men and planes who rocket to the very edge of outer space!







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Before there was "Top Gun" there was STARFIGHTERS!!!
2 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

I am guessing, however, that this movie was not the inspiration for Top Gun. What to say about this one, well, for one thing it is hard to describe, but probably nearly impossible to spoil. Why you ask? Well honestly there is no plot or anything startling revealed in this movie. I am not kidding when I say this either, almost the entire film is sort of a commercial for this jet, you would think the military planned on mass marketing them to the public or something. The only semblance of a plot is that these new recruits are learning to fly the starfighter jet and that is about it. You do not even get the competition of Top Gun. What you do get is more stock footage of jets flying than should be allowed in one movie. Lots of stock footage and lots of light music. I am thinking they got this movie from a department store elevator. Even during scenes that should have a bit tense music you still get the light stuff. As for the tense scenes there are like two. One a problem with hydraulics that went no where, the other a storm that is only implied and never shown that interrupts one flight and the second prolonged fueling scene in the movie. The rest of the film is clunky dialog, the main pilot focused on making his moves on a really stupid gal, strange telephone pranks that are not funny, and an annoying senator calling about his son. Oh yeah, I can not forget the the guys getting in a pool to test out their "poopy suit". Then you have the most anti-climatic ending ever with more light music. I am thinking the makers of this film figured you did not need a plot...showing jet stock footage would be plenty to keep people entertained.

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