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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Break the sound barrier. Break the speed barrier. See more »


Action | Thriller | War


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Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler  »

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Box Office


$24,159,872 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


During the opening shot of Col. Masters' cockpit, the VSI (vertical speed indicator) is showing a 2500 foot-per-minute climb, yet the altimeter is stable and is not showing an increase in altitude. See more »


[after destroying an oil refinery]
Doug Masters: Looks like they'll be importing oil this year, Chappy.
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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 »


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It's pretty bad - but it's one of those movies you watch anyway....
18 June 2008 | by (Sierra Madre, CA) – See all my reviews

Without actually giving away my age, I saw this for the first time over 20 years ago when it first came out on video (maybe it was a beta tape??) and I was old enough to drink (barely) and perhaps I had had a few because I remember thinking how great this movie was! I have since seen it sober and have to admit it is a pretty bad film. As mentioned in other posts the plot is absolutely ridiculous and the poor acting just makes it worse. It's a poor attempt to fantasize that teenagers too, can be "Mavericks" (although I am surprised to find out it actually was to be released the same time (aprox) as "Top Gun", and not actually meant to be a poor imitation.) But for all it's worth - I do find myself watching it if it's on and I have the time. It's one of those movies you watch because it's just so ridiculous and tries so desperately to take itself seriously. Like that other "great' film - "Moment by Moment" with John Travolta and Lily Tomlin....don't get me started on that one!

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