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Iron Eagle (1986)

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

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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
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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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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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Action | Thriller | War

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$24,159,872 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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 the target practice flight, Chappy says to drop a mk82, the next shot shows a missile being launched. Mk82 is a bomb, not a missile, there aren't even any bombs mounted. See more »

Quotes

Chappy Sinclair: Now, what do you do when one of them is flying straight at you?
Reggie: You eject and start doing the backstroke.
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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 Welcome to Essex (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)
Written by Duane Hitchings and Jake Hooker
Performed by King Kobra
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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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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