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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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
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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>

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Der stählerne Adler  »

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$24,159,872 (USA)
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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

During the opening, an interior shot of Col. Masters' cockpit is shown, showing the altimeter, vertical speed indicator, some red LED numerals, and a hydraulic pressure gauge. The altimeter reads 10,700 feet on the dial, but the hands of the altimeter are pointing to 27,220 feet. See more »

Quotes

[after destroying an oil refinery]
Doug Masters: Looks like they'll be importing oil this year, Chappy.
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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
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Fun heroic teen movie - and a word against naysayers

I am astounded at the number of people who put down "teen" movies such as this and THE WRAITH, including Mr. Maltin, while obviously not understanding the genre itself and how it works - they must have grown too old and too intelligent to remember what the world was like when hormones raged, leaving reason in the dust.

Films such as IRON EAGLE and THE WRAITH attempt to simplistically instill positive values in teen-age audiences. Courage, creativity, loyalty, banding together to right wrongs and conquer evil with good - these intentions are at the heart of the narratives of both films. Blaming these films for not being "adult" is like blaming FROM HERE TO ETERNITY because it's not a musical. They are what they are and they achieve their successes by appealing to a teen-age world where they can be and/or become heroes, successes. Of course the plots are fantastic and simplistic - because in reality teens don't run the world or get to fly jets into enemy countries to rescue their dads. However, by feeding values to this audience in a manner that they can understand and subliminate, they may just take root and turn them into adults with some of those same values.

Diatribe aside, I thought this was a fun movie. Jason Gedrick, the young lead looks very much like the young Michael Jackson and does quite well with a very demanding role. Louis Gossett, Jr. gives an excellent performance - truly award worthy if it had been in a film that had garnered more critical praise. Watching him deal with conflicting feelings in sorting out his character's actions, I wanted to yell out, "Denzel, eat your heart out."

The cinematography, sound, editing, score are all quality. A good solid little film and worth one's attention at least once. Gossett alone is worth the price of a rental. Check it out, even if you're not a teen!


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