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Director:
Writers:
Kevin Elders (written by) &
Sidney J. Furie (written by)
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Release Date:
17 January 1986 (USA) See more »
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Break the sound barrier. Break the speed barrier. See more »
Plot:
When Doug's father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Louis Gossett Jr. ... Col. Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair

Jason Gedrick ... Doug Masters

David Suchet ... Minister of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh

Larry B. Scott ... Reggie

Caroline Lagerfelt ... Elizabeth Masters

Jerry Levine ... Tony

Robbie Rist ... Milo Bazen

Michael Bowen ... Knotcher

Robert Jayne ... Matthew 'Matt' Masters (as Bobby Jacoby)

Melora Hardin ... Katie
David Greenlee ... Kingsley
Michael Alldredge ... Col. Blackburn
Lance LeGault ... General Edwards (as Lance Le Gault)

Tim Thomerson ... Col. Ted Masters
Tom Fridley ... Brillo
Rob Garrison ... Packer
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Slappy

Jay Footlik ... Edward Thatcher
Jacque Lynn Colton ... Hazel

Shawnee Smith ... Joenie
Heather Haase ... Tally (as Heather De Vore Haase)

Kathy Wagner ... Amy
Kevin King ... Farnsworth
Will Jeffries ... Smiley
David Ward ... Lt. Col. Kerns
Terry Wills ... Tally's Dad

F. William Parker ... Kingsley's Dad
Albert R. Schara ... Principal

Christopher Bradley ... Airman

Michael G. Kehoe ... Flight Control Officer (as Michael Kehoe)
Steve Rabin ... Air Policeman
Kevin Elders ... Pilot

Tony Becker ... Guard at Intelligence Center
Paul O'Brien Richards ... Guard at Gate

Max Thayer ... Intelligence Officer
Debbie Bloch ... Family Friend
Roger Nolan ... TV Reporter
Jerry Hyman ... Marty

Uri Gavriel ... Bilyad Guard (as Uri Gabriel)
David Menachem ... Bilyad Officer
Joseph Shiloach ... Tower Official (as Yossi Shiloah)
Itzik Saydof ... Tower Worker
Arnon Zadok ... Il Kharem Soldier
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Dominick Brascia ... Harold (uncredited)

Michael Cavanaugh ... Disclipinary panel colonel (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sidney J. Furie 
 
Writing credits
Kevin Elders (written by) &
Sidney J. Furie (written by)

Produced by
Kevin Elders .... executive producer
Lou Lenart .... associate producer
Ron Samuels .... producer
Joe Wizan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Greenberg (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Grenville 
 
Casting by
Barbara Claman 
 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
 
Costume Design by
Lesley Neufeld  (as Leslie Nicholson)
 
Makeup Department
Zivit Yakir .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Larry Powell .... unit production manager: aerial unit
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James W. Gavin .... second unit director: aerial unit
Larry Powell .... assistant director: aerial unit
Stan Zabka .... second assistant director: aerial unit
 
Art Department
Charles Stewart .... property master
 
Sound Department
Eli Yarkoni .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Bruce D. Hayes .... special effects technician
Jarn Heil .... special effects technician
Pini Klavir .... special effects coordinator
Bernardo F. Munoz .... special effects crew
Sandra Stewart .... special effects assistant
Robert Calvert .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bobby Angelle .... stunts
John Ashby .... stunts
Janet Brady .... stunts (as Janet S. Brady)
Deborah Bryan .... stunts (as Deborah Ann Bryan)
Doc Duhame .... stunts
Steve Hinton .... stunts (as Steven Hinton)
Chris Howell .... stunt coordinator
Chris Howell .... stunts
Keii Johnston .... stunts
Kevin Killingsworth .... stunts
Beth Nufer .... stunts (as Beth Nuffer)
Mic Rodgers .... stunts
Michael Runyard .... stunt coordinator (as Mike Runyard)
Michael Runyard .... stunts (as Mike Runyard)
Art Scholl .... special aerial stunts: snake sequence
Art Scholl .... stunts
Keith Tellez .... stunts
Chuck Wentworth .... stunts
Koby Azarly .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Foreman Jr. .... still photographer
Yoni Hamenachem .... still photographer
Douglas S. Holgate .... camera assistant
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer
Sam Nicholson .... aerial photographer
Jose Santiago .... grip
Ron N. Sill .... electrician
Rami Siman-Tov .... focus puller
Michael Uva .... best boy grip
Steve Venetis .... electrician
Brad Wood .... grip
Doug Wood .... key grip
Jack Yanekian .... best boy electric
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Riddle .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Bartholomew .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Daniel J. Johnson .... co-music editor
Spencer Proffer .... music producer
Timothy R. Sexton .... executive in charge of music
Steven Scott Smalley .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer
 
Transportation Department
Billy G. Arter .... transportation coordinator
Michael W. Broomer .... driver
 
Other crew
Curtis Collins .... production assistant
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
June Jordan .... stand-in
Michael G. Kehoe .... production assistant: Israel/Arizona/Los Angeles (as Michael Kehoe)
Solomon J. LeFlore .... production financing
Naomi Mayberg .... production coordinator: second unit
Sharon Perl-Collins .... assistant production accountant
James W. Gavin .... pilot (uncredited)
Steve Hinton .... pilot (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Art Scholl .... pilot: Cessna 152 (uncredited)
Chuck Wentworth .... pilot (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
117 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
This film was originally intended to be released in the summer of 1986, but the release was pushed up to January to avoid competition and confusion with Top Gun (1986).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Quotes:
Packer:I wonder what a Cessna looks like splattered all over those rocks?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A guilty pleasure, 28 November 2012
Author: Maziun from Poland

There is one main reason why this movie was made – to make money based on the popularity of "Top gun" . There is one main difference – "Top gun" was made for teenagers (adults can watch it too) , while "Iron eagle" is aimed for kids. If you want to enjoy the movie you have to remember that . It explains why the plot of this movie is so naive, if not unrealistic.

"Iron eagle" is obviously a rather low budget movie. It doesn't have any big names (with the exception of Louis Gossett Jr. , who was quite well known in the 80's after he won an Oscar for " The officer and gentleman" ) , the soundtrack doesn't have any big stars ( with the exception of Queen and Twisted Sister) and the action scenes aren't too spectacular ( still they are OK ) . Yet , this movie has some kind of charm that doesn't allow me to hate this movie.

Maybe it's nostalgia. I remember watching this movie when I was young and I loved it. A story about a young pilot that saves his father from bad guys and becomes a hero… A story of father-son relationship between Doug and Chappy … A story of friendship when Doug's friends help him any way they can … What's here not to love ? Adventure, friendship and respect. It worked when I was young , it works now . Sure , I look at this movie differently after all those years. That doesn't change the fact that this movie got heart ( or at least feels sincere to me).

The acting isn't anything special. Jason Gedrick as main hero is quite wooden .Thankfully Louis Gossett Jr. has so much charisma that he practically carries the movie on his own. It's not strange that in the sequels ( completely unnecessary and bad by the way ) he is the main hero. Let's not forget also about David Suchet as the main villain. He's good.

Action scenes can't compare to the ones from Scott movie , but still they are watchable. Sidney J. Furie directs the movie in a decent way. It's the same guy who directed the terrible "Superman 4 : Quest for peace" . Don't be afraid . Here he gives the movie charm that is very needed to make movie likable, when you have a mediocre script and low budget.

I like couple of songs from the soundtrack . Queen – "One vision" , Twisted Sister – "Were not gonna take it" , Adrenalin – "Road of the gypsy" , Rainey Haynes – "Old enough to rock and roll" and my favourite King Kobra – "Never say die (Iron Eagle)" . No Oscar winners , but fun songs to listen during the movie.

Don't be scared by the low rating . Overall it's a weaker movie than "Top gun" , but still fun (with the right attitude from the viewer). I give it 5/10.

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