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Iron Eagle -- The original and most memorable installment of the four part "Iron Eagle" franchise, showcases heart pounding aerial action sequences driven by an unrelenting soundtrack featuring music from  Queen, George Clinton, King Cobra, James Brown and Steve Windwood.

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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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Fun heroic teen movie - and a word against naysayers See more (67 total) »

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dominick Brascia ... Harold (uncredited)

Michael Cavanaugh ... Disclipinary panel colonel (uncredited)

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
Karen Kubeck .... makeup department head
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
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe and English Horn
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
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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117 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Some of the "Libyan" soldiers at the airbase where Duog's are rescued from, are using the Swedish 9mm SMG m/45. Originally developed during WWII. Still in use - but in very small numbers nowadays - within the Swedish Armed Forces. It has also served in US Special Forces as a very simple, easy handled and very reliable SMG. Some period also manufactured on license in Egypt. That's why the "Libyan" soldiers are using it.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: All aircraft used in the movie are not USAF F-16s, they are in fact Israeli AF aircraft. Their camouflage was not repainted, but their roundels were. In fact you can see patches of paint where US markings were painted over IAF markings, and where Stars Of David roundels were painted over. In addition, there are too many Stars and Bars US Military symbols on the -16s. There should only be four. One on the Top of the L wing, one on the bottom of the R wing, and two on the rear top of the fuselage between the wing and horizontal stabilizer. The F-16s in the movie carry six, one on both L and R top and bottoms of the wings.See more »
Quotes:
Hangar mechanic:I'm glad you brought these down. Your mom's trying to starve me to death on this new diet!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Road of the GypsySee more »

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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Fun heroic teen movie - and a word against naysayers, 16 August 2004

I am astounded at the number of people who put down "teen" movies such as this and THE WRAITH, including Mr. Maltin, while obviously not understanding the genre itself and how it works - they must have grown too old and too intelligent to remember what the world was like when hormones raged, leaving reason in the dust.

Films such as IRON EAGLE and THE WRAITH attempt to simplistically instill positive values in teen-age audiences. Courage, creativity, loyalty, banding together to right wrongs and conquer evil with good - these intentions are at the heart of the narratives of both films. Blaming these films for not being "adult" is like blaming FROM HERE TO ETERNITY because it's not a musical. They are what they are and they achieve their successes by appealing to a teen-age world where they can be and/or become heroes, successes. Of course the plots are fantastic and simplistic - because in reality teens don't run the world or get to fly jets into enemy countries to rescue their dads. However, by feeding values to this audience in a manner that they can understand and subliminate, they may just take root and turn them into adults with some of those same values.

Diatribe aside, I thought this was a fun movie. Jason Gedrick, the young lead looks very much like the young Michael Jackson and does quite well with a very demanding role. Louis Gossett, Jr. gives an excellent performance - truly award worthy if it had been in a film that had garnered more critical praise. Watching him deal with conflicting feelings in sorting out his character's actions, I wanted to yell out, "Denzel, eat your heart out."

The cinematography, sound, editing, score are all quality. A good solid little film and worth one's attention at least once. Gossett alone is worth the price of a rental. Check it out, even if you're not a teen!

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