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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
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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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Col. Ted Masters
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)  »

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$24,159,872 (USA)
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Trivia

According to the DVD liner notes, the U.S. Air Force was going to consult on this film until they realized that a major part of the plot hinged on Doug and his friends hacking into the base computers, stealing equipment, etc. They didn't like the idea of the ease with which they had control of the base. See more »

Goofs

Before the race at the beginning of the movie, Chappy is working on Doug's plane. Doug asks "What are you doing making my mixture so rich?". The only things accessible through a Cessna's cowling hatch are an oil dipstick and possibly a fuel sump. The fuel/air mixture can be adjusted with a control on the instrument panel, easily accessible to the pilot in flight. See more »

Quotes

[trying to convince Chappy to help him]
Doug Masters: Jesus, Chappy, he's only got...
Chappy Sinclair: Three days, and if you keep talking you're gonna waste one of 'em.
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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 Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)
By King Kobra
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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A guilty pleasure
28 November 2012 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

There is one main reason why this movie was made – to make money based on the popularity of "Top gun" . There is one main difference – "Top gun" was made for teenagers (adults can watch it too) , while "Iron eagle" is aimed for kids. If you want to enjoy the movie you have to remember that . It explains why the plot of this movie is so naive, if not unrealistic.

"Iron eagle" is obviously a rather low budget movie. It doesn't have any big names (with the exception of Louis Gossett Jr. , who was quite well known in the 80's after he won an Oscar for " The officer and gentleman" ) , the soundtrack doesn't have any big stars ( with the exception of Queen and Twisted Sister) and the action scenes aren't too spectacular ( still they are OK ) . Yet , this movie has some kind of charm that doesn't allow me to hate this movie.

Maybe it's nostalgia. I remember watching this movie when I was young and I loved it. A story about a young pilot that saves his father from bad guys and becomes a hero… A story of father-son relationship between Doug and Chappy … A story of friendship when Doug's friends help him any way they can … What's here not to love ? Adventure, friendship and respect. It worked when I was young , it works now . Sure , I look at this movie differently after all those years. That doesn't change the fact that this movie got heart ( or at least feels sincere to me).

The acting isn't anything special. Jason Gedrick as main hero is quite wooden .Thankfully Louis Gossett Jr. has so much charisma that he practically carries the movie on his own. It's not strange that in the sequels ( completely unnecessary and bad by the way ) he is the main hero. Let's not forget also about David Suchet as the main villain. He's good.

Action scenes can't compare to the ones from Scott movie , but still they are watchable. Sidney J. Furie directs the movie in a decent way. It's the same guy who directed the terrible "Superman 4 : Quest for peace" . Don't be afraid . Here he gives the movie charm that is very needed to make movie likable, when you have a mediocre script and low budget.

I like couple of songs from the soundtrack . Queen – "One vision" , Twisted Sister – "Were not gonna take it" , Adrenalin – "Road of the gypsy" , Rainey Haynes – "Old enough to rock and roll" and my favourite King Kobra – "Never say die (Iron Eagle)" . No Oscar winners , but fun songs to listen during the movie.

Don't be scared by the low rating . Overall it's a weaker movie than "Top gun" , but still fun (with the right attitude from the viewer). I give it 6/10.


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