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Iron Eagle (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller, War | 17 January 1986 (USA)
A heroic young pilot launches his own rescue mission when his father, an Air Force veteran, is shot down over enemy territory and captured.

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Cast

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Minister of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh
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Elizabeth Masters
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Knotcher
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Matthew 'Matt' Masters (as Bobby Jacoby)
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Katie
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Kingsley
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Col. Blackburn
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General Edwards (as Lance Le Gault)
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Brillo
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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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Action | Thriller | War

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17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,104,754, 19 January 1986

Gross USA:

$24,159,872
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was originally intended to be released in the summer of 1986, but the release was pushed up to January to avoid competition and confusion with Top Gun (1986). See more »

Goofs

The enemy fighters used in this film are not MIGs at all. They are Israeli Aircraft Industries F-21 Kfirs, which are French Mirage 5s that are modified and produced by Israel. See more »

Quotes

[Doug sees what appear to be enemy planes on his radar coming head-on while trying to escape with his father]
Doug Masters: Dad, four more MiGs jumping us!
Col. Ted Masters: Pull up hard!
Maj. Dwight Smiley: This is Blue Leader, do you read?
Doug Masters: They're ours dad, they're American! Roger Blue Leader, I've got two bandits on my ass, can you assist?
Maj. Dwight Smiley: We were about to contact the aggressor and verify his intentions. Attention unidentified aircraft, this is Major Dwight Smiley of the United States Air Force, you are following one of our F-16s in ...
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The credits are yellow over a blue background, as opposed to the normal white over a black background. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Hide in the Rainbow
Written by Jimmy Bain and Ronnie James Dio
Performed by Dio
Courtesy of Tri-Star Pictures, Inc.
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Not as bad as some people make it seem
12 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie is not quite as bad as some of the comments want you to believe. It does have some serious reality flaws. But that's exactly where it excels. This is not a story about a kid trying to rescue his dad. This is a story about the flying fantasies of youth. I grew up playing quite a few flight simulators on computers, and this added to my fantasy of someday flying a fighter jet. This is exactly what this movie's about, a kid completely enthralled with flight simulations that he becomes a good pilot.

They should have left it at that though. The kid's fantasy of rescuing his dad (also a pilot) from some mysterious middle eastern base should not have been brought to reality. Reality should not have extended past his races in his single-engine crop-duster with a motorcycle. Throughout the movie, the kid does not see the world as a dangerous place. He still sees it as one big simulation. This is exactly how you should watch the movie, otherwise, it will seem like a ridiculous plot that's out-of-touch with the real world.


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