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Airwolf -- Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) becomes the prey on an African Hunt Club reserve when he searches for a friend who's escaped from the county jail.

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Writer:
Donald P. Bellisario (written by)
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Release Date:
22 January 1984 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A scientist who has created a super helicopter has defected to Libya and taken the machine with him. A secretive government agency hires an ex-Vietnam War pilot to go to Libya, steal the chopper and bring it back. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The first of Stringfellow, Archangel and Dominic's adventures See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Jan-Michael Vincent ... Stringfellow Hawke

Ernest Borgnine ... Dominic

Alex Cord ... Michael Coldsmith Briggs III

David Hemmings ... Dr. Charles Henry Moffet

Belinda Bauer ... Gabrielle Ademaur

Deborah Pratt ... Marella

Eugene Roche ... Senator William Dietz
W.K. Stratton ... Chuck Gordon
Dean Wein ... Mark, Co-Pilot
Frank Annese ... Major Mufta Ben-Kamal
John Calvin ... Blaze
Philip Bruns ... Mitch, the Director

Tina Chen ... Faye

Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Carrier Commander
Gary Epper ... Red Star Controller

Nick Faltas ... Libyan Officer
Steve Greenstein ... Libyan Controller (as Steven Greenstein)

Paul La Greca ... Arab Boy
Toby Norton ... USS Enterprise Radar Operator
Helene Phillips ... Angela

Dee Dee Rescher ... Mona Kahn, Reporter
Joe Verroca ... Helicopter Pilot

Victor Warren ... Museum official
Dan Woren ... Red Star Army Lieutenant
Monty Jordan ... Army Officer
Robert McRay ... Parking attendent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Soon-Tek Oh ... Vietnamese farmer

Alan D. Purwin ... Helicopter pilot
Rodger LaRue ... Initial Scene Walk-up Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Michael Santiago ... Pilot (voice) (uncredited)
Michelle Steffin ... Dominic's daughter (uncredited)

Directed by
Donald P. Bellisario 
 
Writing credits
Donald P. Bellisario (written by)

Produced by
Donald P. Bellisario .... executive producer
Alan J. Levi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sylvester Levay 
 
Cinematography by
Howard Schwartz 
 
Film Editing by
Carl Kress 
Bill Luciano 
Leon Ortiz-Gil 
 
Production Design by
Charles R. Davis 
 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard 
 
Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac 
 
Art Department
Allan Gordon .... property master
Hugo Santiago .... assistant art director
Ron Yates .... set designer
Jim Zemansky .... property master
Andrew Probert .... conceptual design and storyboards (uncredited)
Andrew Probert .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Barney Cabral .... sound effects editor
Michael H. Ford .... sound editor
Donlee Jorgensen .... sound editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Mark Roberts .... sound editor
Sam F. Shaw .... supervising sound editor
Breck Warwick .... sound editor
Bob Weatherford .... sound editor
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Fay Konkel .... special effects technician
Whitey Krumm .... special effects
Jack Sessums .... miniatures builder
Jimmy Thomson .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Clarke Coleman .... stunts (1984-1986)
Gary Epper .... stunts
Monty Jordan .... aerial stunts
Monty Jordan .... stunt double
Steve Kelso .... stunts
Steve Morey .... utility stunts
Frank James Sparks .... stunt double
Ron Stein .... stunt coordinator
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Debbi A. Davison .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Freddie Hice .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Peter McKernan .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Chad Randall .... stunt double: Jan-Michael Vincent (uncredited)
Chad Randall .... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Stein .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stan McClain .... aerial camera operator
Bill Sheehan .... assistant camera
John C. Moulds .... camera operator: helicopter unit (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor: uncredited
Gene L. Gillette .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Alan Kaminsky .... transportation
 
Other crew
Carol Gillson .... assistant: executive producer
Linda Hegland .... script supervisor
J. David Jones .... aerial unit coordinator (as David Jones)
Harriet Margulies .... production assistant
Jim Michaels .... 24 frame computer playback operator
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot
Jill Salomon .... location manager
Joyce Heftel .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Greg Knapp .... medic (uncredited)
 

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85 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Goofs:
Continuity: While Moffet tortures Gabrielle next to the jeep, she has her shoes on. When Hawke finds her, she appears to be barefoot.See more »
Quotes:
Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith Briggs III:Straight at the Libyan coast! You trying to egg them out?
Carrier Commander:There's no need for that, sir. If your boys don't get that chopper in 4 hours, our boys go in and blow it away!
Faye:Our 'boys,' Captain, include women! One of whom has already given her life on this mission!
Carrier Commander:I'm sorry, ma'am, it's just a figure of speech!
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Referenced in "Top Gear: Episode #9.6" (2007)See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
The first of Stringfellow, Archangel and Dominic's adventures, 6 August 2003
Author: (HUAhmad) from Blackburn, England

Airwolf, the movie that launched the hit TV series, is a fast-paced political thriller, set in the mid-80s when the Americans were at odds with the Libyans. Unlike the pilots for shows such as The A-Team and Knight Rider, this is quite a dark affair. The inventor of Airwolf, Dr. Charles Moffatt, is a psychopath. Despite being a genius, he is clearly unbalanced - just watch the scene where he tests out Airwolf's devastating weaponry on the control tower. He originally built the hi-tech, hi-speed bulletproof chopper for the FIRM, a CIA-type organization who specialize in cases involving national security, but after the control tower massacre, defected to the Libyans and started performing aerial missions for them. Michael Coldsmith Briggs III, codename Archangel, is a head of the FIRM and one of the few survivors of Moffatt's slaughter. He tries to persuade Stringfellow Hawke, Vietnam veteran and ace pilot, to go to Libya to retrieve Airwolf, but he will not do it, unless the FIRM try and find his brother, an MIA in 'nam. Eventually, String goes to Libya with his best friend Dominic Santini and his girlfriend, a FIRM agent, is also on the same mission.

Airwolf is a character piece. We get to know Stringfellow Hawke as a bitter young loner who likes attracting eagles with his cello playing. He has a tragic history as both his parents died when he was 12, his fiancee was killed in a car crash and his brother went missing in action. His friend Dominic is a very cheerful father figure, ready to help String whenever he can, but he can be a bit talkative. Archangel, on the other hand, seems a bit shifty. Later on as the series progressed, he was seen as a true blue good guy, but in this film, he is another typically shady government operative, determined to get the job done and willing to sacrifice the lives of those under his command. It's good to see Hawke punch him in one sequence, because he ate his dog's steak!

British actor David Hemmings is suitably creepy and cold-eyed as Moffatt, but of course, the main highlights are the scenes with Airwolf. When that classic Sylvester Levay tune plays, you know you're gonna have some action. The beginning demo sequence, when Dom and String steal the Wolf from the air base and the explosive desert battle / confrontation are top notch. This was a show that put the likes of Knight Rider in the shade, thanks to solid characters, terrific action and engaging stories.

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