Iron Eagle (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Thriller, War  |  17 January 1986 (USA)
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When a young daredevil pilot named Doug Masters finds out that his father has been shot down and captured, he has only one thing in mind - attempt a rescue mission with the help of an air force veteran.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Minister of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh
Elizabeth Masters
Milo Bazen
Matthew 'Matt' Masters (as Bobby Jacoby)
David Greenlee ...
Michael Alldredge ...
Col. Blackburn
Lance LeGault ...
General Edwards (as Lance Le Gault)
Tom Fridley ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler  »

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$24,159,872 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


All of the fighter aircraft used (F-16 fighters; plus, F-21/C-2 Kfir fighters depicting enemy MiGs) are actually Israeli Air Force aircraft, repainted with the USAF symbol and a fictitious enemy symbol. See more »


In some scenes, Doug is driving a red 1966 Mustang convertible, clearly identified by the dash configuration, and the pitchfork quarter panel trim. In other scenes, He is driving a 1965 Mustang which is identified by the honeycomb grille and wings on the corral in the center (not installed on any '66 model) See more »


Doug Masters: What is it with you, Knotcher? Can't you make it through a day without proving what an asshole you are?
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The credits are yellow over a blue background, as opposed to the normal white over a black background. See more »


There Was A Time
Written and performed by James Brown
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First episode of the franchise with a magnificent Louis Gosset Jr as ¨Chappy¨
4 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

The film focuses a boy about an eighteen years old(Jason Gedrick); when his father(Tim Thomerson) is taken prisoner by a dictator(David Suchet)from Middle East ,he steals a F 16 fighter jet to rescue his daddy.He's helped by the brave Colonel ¨Chappy¨ Sinclair(Louis Gosset Jr.). The movie contains a plethora of action scenes,explosion,blast,aircrafts battles with various jet-planes flying to sound-velocity and blown up.The picture is a blend of typical films from the 80s , as ¨Top Gun¨and ¨Rambo¨ but starred by a teenager.

The story provides entertainment and action with no sense but sometimes is a little bit boring and dull.Jason Gedrick is the valiant,he-man,he causes wreck havoc to nasties commanded by the villain David Suchet. Our hero ¨Chappy¨is well personified by Louis Gosset Jr, usual of all the¨¨Iron Eagle¨ saga.Spectacular cinematography by Adam Greenberg with excellent sky-shots.However the score is horrible but is based in disco-music and synthesizer,in spite of being signed by Basil Poledouris(Conan music's author).The motion picture is regularly directed by Sidney J.Furie. It's followed by three sequels,all directed by Furie with exception the second directed by John Glen , thus : Iron Eagle 2(1988)with Mark Humphrey; Aces :Iron Eagle III(1992) with Rachel McLish and Horst Buchhold; and Iron Eagle IV with Rachel Blanchard.

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