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Iron Eagle (1986)

 -  Action | Thriller | War  -  17 January 1986 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Minister of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh
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Reggie
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Elizabeth Masters
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Tony
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Milo Bazen
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Knotcher
Robert Jayne ...
Matthew 'Matt' Masters (as Bobby Jacoby)
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Katie
David Greenlee ...
Kingsley
Michael Alldredge ...
Col. Blackburn
Lance LeGault ...
General Edwards (as Lance Le Gault)
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Tom Fridley ...
Brillo
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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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Doug is 18. Raised on an air base and born to fly. His father has been shot down 6000 miles away, and has been sentenced to death... for the crime of being an American. Everyone's telling Doug to sit tight and wait. Everyone but Retired Air Force Colonel Chappy Sinclair. They know what they have to do. And they've "borrowed" a pair of F-16s to do it. For them, waiting time is over. See more »

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Action | Thriller | War

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17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler  »

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$24,159,872 (USA)
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Trivia

During "The Snake Scene" in which Doug Masters races his Cessna 150 against a motorcycle-riding Knotcher, the pilot of the Cessna 150 Aerobat was actually renowned aerobatic pilot Art Scholl, who was killed later that year when his Pitts S-2 camera plane crashed while filming in-cockpit footage for the flat spin sequence in the movie Top Gun (1986). See more »

Goofs

When Milo is using the computer to access intelligence data, the screen lists a "Su-19 Fencer." There is no such thing as a Su-19, the "Fencer" was an SU-24. See more »

Quotes

Doug Masters: [seeing an armored truck heading right for them] Oh no! Dad, will the Maverick fire if we're still on the ground?
Col. Ted Masters: I don't know, never tried it before, why?
Doug Masters: Because something's about to have us for breakfast!
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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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Intense
By George Clinton
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I enjoyed it more than "Top Gun", but that really is not saying much.
9 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

This movie was okay, certainly nothing great, but it was a much more interesting film than "Top Gun". Perhaps I think this way, because when it comes down to it, "Top Gun" has more of a chick flick feel to it while this one is more about action. However, it is very unrealistic action to be sure. The story has a kid's dad taken prisoner so what is the boy going to do you ask? He is going to find a guy named Chappy, get a couple of M.I.Gs and go rescue his dad, because all you need in an 80's movie to rescue someone is a bit of training in a jet and a dude to accompany you to take out an entire military posts jets and ground troops. Like I said it is highly unrealistic, but it has some flair and is rather fun to watch at times, but it also moves slowly at times too. It does not go by as slowly as "Top Gun" did for me, but it could have stood to lose ten or fifteen minutes from its run time. The only stars of note in this one is Louis Gossett Jr. who at this point was in kind of a steady decline as to what films he would appear in. Also of note was Tim Thomerson who is more of your B star, but I always enjoy him in a flick. Granted he is not in this one all that much. So don't expect much and just enjoy the highly improbable rescue of 1986!


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