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Iron Eagle (1986)

PG-13  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Minister of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh
Elizabeth Masters
Milo Bazen
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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 <>

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Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler  »

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$24,159,872 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The title song for the movie is performed by the band King Kobra. The music video featured the members of the band being trained for a mission by Chappy (Louis Gossett JR.)

The band broke up a few years later. Lead singer Mark Free underwent a sex change operation in the mid 90's, and now records music under her new name, Marci Free. See more »


In the entire scene where Doug and Chappy are walking on the tarmac, the flight suit that Chappy is wearing displays incorrect patch(es). One in particular is a patch for the "131st Rescue Squadron - ALERT"; that squadron is located in California and have never operated F-16's. See more »


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And you have to deal with me, Doug Masters
6 February 2005 | by (Fairfax, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry, but I just can't help it, I love watching Iron Eagle. Now, do not misunderstand me, I am not saying that this is a great movie. No, rather, I would put it that this is an endlessly entertaining movie. For people who cut this movie to pieces for not being realistic are kinda missing the point. Of course Iron Eagle's plot was ridiculous. But I believe its target audience was kids, and I sure remember finding this cool when I was little. Now I just find it amusing as a guilty pleasure, kinda like Road House. This movie is part of the great pantheon of 80's, kids-taking-on-the-stodgy-adult-power-structure movies. You must remember D.A.R.Y.L, Real Genius, E.T., etc. If you ask me, just watching Doug and Knotcher "Ride the Snake" in the beginning is worth the cost of the DVD. That whole sequence was so STUPID! But, at the same time, it was hilarious, funny, totally 80's, all that good stuff. So bottom line, Iron Eagle is a great 80's guilty pleasure. The hairstyles, the dancing, the music, the dialogue, its all funny as hell. I have Iron Eagle on DVD and to me it was totally worth $9.99 at Best Buy. If you love laughing at dated, unrealistic action movies, this one is a must-see. Oh yeah, and I think its plot was only marginally stupider than 1986's other fighter pilot action pic, Top Gun.

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