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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>

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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

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

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 »

Quotes

Chappy Sinclair: [after hearing Doug say that he didn't give a shit enough to help his father] Now look, let me clue you in on something right now. I've given this country 22 damn, fucking years of my life. Twenty two years! I've seen young boys blown out of the air, over the Pacific. I've seen their guts sprawled all over the rice paddies in Vietnam, so whenever somebody dies for this country, believe me boy,
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Chappy Sinclair: I give a shit! Goddamnit, nobody talks to me like this and I'm not about to start now! You want...
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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

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Intense
By George Clinton
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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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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