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
Trapped behind enemy lines. A whole army after him... And only one man can save him.
Did You Know?
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
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
Col. George Walker
You know anything about golf, Clark?
Capt. Bartholomew Clark
No, sir. Golf wasn't big in my neighborhood.
Edited into Gale Force