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

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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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17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler  »

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$24,159,872 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During and at the end of the race between Doug and Notcher, the Cessna 150/152's flaps are extended. Flaps increase drag and would be used to slow the aircraft. It is implied that Doug is flying at maximum speed to try and beat the motorcycle to the finish line. This couldn't be done with flaps extended. It is an obvious production necessity to make it appear that the race is close. Otherwise the Cessna would easily leave the motorcycle behind. See more »

Quotes

Chappy Sinclair: [Chappy's plane is damaged and is low on fuel] Doug, I ain't gonna make it.
Doug Masters: [Chappy's plane crashes] 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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

We're Not Gonna Take It
Written by Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister
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Iron Eagle
19 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back in 1986 I was a sixteen year old boy, when I first saw this film, I thought back then that this movie was one of the coolest I've ever seen. Just the other night at a friends house, my friend said "how about a trip down old memory lane", he busted out an old dusty VHS tape and I could see it was the original Iron Eagle movie. He slapped it into his VCR and off we went. Now I am a 36 year old man, not the boy I was many years ago. As I watched the film, I could see flaws in detail, flaws in the special effects and a corny script and plot line. Now don't get me wrong, it's still a good film, if you are like stuck in the 80's! The only true thing I could get into with this film was the pretty good soundtrack. I am a big fan of the rock group Queen, they made parts of this film good enough to at least sit tight and watch. Good film back in the days, good film now, just a whole lot of corny! "Thank you for your time" Aaron Grace


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