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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
Robert Jayne ...
Matthew 'Matt' Masters (as Bobby Jacoby)
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Katie
David Greenlee ...
Kingsley
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Col. Blackburn
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General Edwards (as Lance Le Gault)
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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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Release Date:

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

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 »

Goofs

All throughout the movie there are many continuity errors with aircraft in flight: changing between one-seat and two-seat aircraft; the number of external fuel tanks they are carrying; the number of weapons remaining on them. This also clashes with the dialogue, with characters claiming no weapons remain while subsequent external shots show the opposite. See more »

Quotes

[while briefing Doug on what to say when he needs to the Tanker in mid air, Chappy wants him to use a deeper voice like his]
Doug Masters: Dis is da Bluebird, I be ready to refuel.
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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

Followed by Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

We're Not Gonna Take It
Written by Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister
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Very fun movie with a great soundtrack...
25 March 2001 | by (Oakland, CA USA) – See all my reviews



I remember seeing this movie in the theater when it first came out. I think I saw it three or four times. It was the best air combat movie I had seen at the time.

I hear this movie compared to Top Gun a lot. In my opinion there is no contest. Iron Eagle is far better than Top Gun. Here's why. Top Gun had very good aerial combat sequences. Some of the best I've still ever seen. However, the plot of Top Gun was AWOL. All I remember of Top Gun is, they practiced, he got the girl, his pal died and he was the hero at the end. Iron Eagle had a good plot. However the aerial combat scenes are pretty fake and tame. Sure it was unbelievable that they could pull it off but there was a plot and a good one.

Iron Eagle's fun lies in it's youthful angst and comedy. Louis Gossett Jr. shows his veteran acting skill in this movie as the veteran pilot. Jason Gedrick was good as the young upstart pilot with too much testosterone. They chemistry between the actors was good. There is one scene where they young pilot asks for Chappy's help and he turns him down and Louis Gossett's acting skills become quite evident. One of the best scenes in the movie is the race between the motorcycle and the Cessna with a pounding rock song in the background. It is one of the best done flight sequences I've seen in a move and is not fake like the combat scenes. Another scene is when the kids use their dupe their parents and other military personnel into getting them what ever they want from the base, including two F-16s. But more than these scenes, it's really the soundtrack that makes the movie. There are songs by Queen(One Vision), Dio(Hide in the Rainbow) and The Spencer Davis Group(Gimmie Some Lovin), what a combo! Not only does the music sound good to our young pilot, it also makes him fly and fight better! While I can't say that Iron Eagle is a masterpiece, it is one of my favorite movies of all time.

Iron Eagle is out on DVD! Now I finally have and excuse to buy a DVD player!

Rayvyn


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