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Iron Eagle (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller, War | 17 January 1986 (USA)
A young pilot plans a rescue mission when his father, an Air Force Colonel, is shot down over enemy territory and captured.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Minister of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh
Elizabeth Masters
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Col. Blackburn
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General Edwards (as Lance Le Gault)


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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Doug is 18. Raised on an air base and born to fly. His father has been shot down 6000 miles away, and has been sentenced to death... for the crime of being an American. Everyone's telling Doug to sit tight and wait. Everyone but Retired Air Force Colonel Chappy Sinclair. They know what they have to do. And they've "borrowed" a pair of F-16s to do it. For them, waiting time is over. See more »


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Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,104,754, 19 January 1986

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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, et cetera. They didn't like the idea of the ease with which they had control of the base. See more »


When Milo is using the computer to access intelligence data, the screen lists a "Su-19 Fencer." This is incorrect as the Fencer is actually the SU-24. This confusion exists because in early 1974 U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Thomas Moorer announced the new Soviet plane as a SU-19 Fencer (due to an incorrect NATO designation that was corrected afterwards); even today some references incorrectly mention the SU-19 Fencer. Still, USAF data in 1986 would have the correct NATO designation of SU-24 Fencer. See more »


Col. Nakesh: Give the American his final meal. After tomorrow, he will not have much of an appetite.
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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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Not as bad as some people make it seem
12 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie is not quite as bad as some of the comments want you to believe. It does have some serious reality flaws. But that's exactly where it excels. This is not a story about a kid trying to rescue his dad. This is a story about the flying fantasies of youth. I grew up playing quite a few flight simulators on computers, and this added to my fantasy of someday flying a fighter jet. This is exactly what this movie's about, a kid completely enthralled with flight simulations that he becomes a good pilot.

They should have left it at that though. The kid's fantasy of rescuing his dad (also a pilot) from some mysterious middle eastern base should not have been brought to reality. Reality should not have extended past his races in his single-engine crop-duster with a motorcycle. Throughout the movie, the kid does not see the world as a dangerous place. He still sees it as one big simulation. This is exactly how you should watch the movie, otherwise, it will seem like a ridiculous plot that's out-of-touch with the real world.

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