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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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler  »

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Gross:

$24,159,872 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Stateside scenes around the Air Force base were filmed at Camarillo Airport in Oxnard, California. In real life, Camarillo Airport was itself a USAF base, going by the name of Oxnard AFB until its closure and handover to civilian authorities in 1970. As in the movie, Oxnard flew Fighter aircraft, operating the supersonic McDonnell F-101 Voodoo and Convair F-106 Delta Dart until the base closed. Some of the buildings still existing on the property adjacent to the airfield were built and used by the Air Force. See more »

Goofs

The weapons on the F-16 change from one shot to another. See more »

Quotes

Chappy Sinclair: You like Italian?
Doug Masters: Italian?
Chappy Sinclair: Uh-huh. You can eat while you read.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Starfighters (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Can Make You Cry
By Urgent
Courtesy of Manhattan Records
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If you know how to fly a Cessna, you know how to fly a Fighter Jet
7 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is the proverbial 80s flick that shows the viewer that as long as he or she tries at something, they can be better than the pros. The main character, Doug, showed off his skills in flying a Cessna aircraft, which somehow equated to being fully capable of flying a jet aircraft and being able to kill people. We all would like to have a few million dollars to play with... maybe make a good investment, donate, buy a few things, but the directors of this movie decided to make Iron Eagle... not once... not twice... not even three times; yes, four times. The thing to look most forward to are the multitude 'hollywood endings' in this movie. Just when you think the movie is going to end after a cheesy end sequence, there's another cheesy end sequence. Then another. Definitely a movie one must watch to believe... and maybe own just to remind oneself of how awesome the 80s must have been.


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