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
When Hambleton calls in the first air strike from the ground, the planes report carrying full loads of "snake and nape". However, the visual shows the planes carrying something along the lines of sparrow missiles. The girth of Snake Eye bombs and Napalm bombs (snake and nape) are easily discernible from the long, slender rocket-like missiles that these planes carried. See more
Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton
Bird Dog, I killed a man today. He wasn't even a soldier; he just kept coming. I couldn't stop him. I didn't want to do it. I never had to do anything like that before in my life.
Capt. Bartholomew Clark
Listen here, Bat 21. I never met you, but you don't sound like a killer to me. I'm sure you couldn't stop it from happening.
Edited into Stealth Fighter