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25 March 1964 (USA) See more »
The blazing adventure of the men and planes who rocket to the very edge of outer space!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Will Zens 
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Will Zens 

Produced by
Richard Bertea .... associate producer
Will Zens .... producer
Cinematography by
Leif Rise 
Film Editing by
Michael David 
Production Management
Robert Sands .... production manager
Sound Department
Michael David .... sound
Mark Thomas .... sound effects
Music Department
Stephen Paul .... music selection
Other crew
Brooks Morris .... technical advisor (as Brooks Morris Capt. USAF)
R. Whitaker .... technical advisor (as R. Whitaker Maj. USAF)

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78 min
Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Before there was "Top Gun" there was STARFIGHTERS!!!, 2 April 2008
Author: Aaron1375

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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