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Bat*21 (1988)

R | | Drama, War | 21 October 1988 (USA)
During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.

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A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

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Captain Bartholomew Clark
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Colonel George Walker
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Ross Carver
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Sgt. Harley Rumbaugh
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Major Jake Scott
Joe Dorsey ...
Colonel Douglass
Michael Ng ...
Vietnamese Man (as Rev. Michael Ng)
Theodore Chan Woei-Shyong ...
Boy on Bridge
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Helicopter Crew
Scott Howell ...
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Michael Raden ...
Helicopter Crew
Timothy Fitzgerald ...
EB-66 Officer
Stuart B. Hagen ...
EB-66 Officer (as Stuart Hagen)
Jeffrey Baxter ...
Helicopter Gunner (as Jeff Baxter)
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Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a temporary shortage of helicopters causes a delay. Working with an Air Force reconnaissance pilot, Capt. Bartholomew Clark, he maps out an escape route based on golf courses he has played. Along the way however, he has to face enemy forces and the death of some of his fellow soldiers. Written by garykmcd

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Trapped behind enemy lines. A whole army after him... And only one man can save him.

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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$3,966,256 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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This movie was made about five years after Uncommon Valor (1983) which also starred Gene Hackman who in that movie was responsible for recruiting a band of brothers to bring home a number of their buddy soldiers who were still missing in action from the Vietnam War that they had fought in. This movie, Bat*21 (1988), represents the opposite of this. In this movie, Gene Hackman is trapped behind enemy lines in the Vietnam War and it is he who needs to be rescued. See more »

Goofs

As Hambleton walks around the side of the Vietnamese farmers dwelling, he scares a chicken. A length of string can clearly be seen tied to the chicken's leg and is pulled by a crew member off screen in order to panic the bird. See more »

Quotes

Col. George Walker: You know anything about golf, Clark?
Capt. Bartholomew Clark: No, sir. Golf wasn't big in my neighborhood.
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Edited into Gale Force (2002) See more »

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Good Vietnam war action/drama
23 October 2001 | by (Honolulu,Hawaii) – See all my reviews

Good Vietnam war action/drama which has great acting but has nothing much different to offer to a person who has seen many other Vietnam War movies.Don't get me wrong,this movie is good but nothing really spectacular either.As I said,nothing new here.Some very touching scenes and also some very average ones as well.Good battle scenes although nothing original and not done before.Good for Vietnam war movie fans and big fans of the lead actors.For those who like this film,see FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER also which is much much better than this one...........


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