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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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Joe Dorsey ...
Michael Ng ...
Vietnamese Man (as Rev. Michael Ng)
Theodore Chan Woei-Shyong ...
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Helicopter Crew
Scott Howell ...
Helicopter Crew
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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Drama | War

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21 October 1988 (USA)  »

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Bat 21  »

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$3,966,256
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This movie's opening prologue states: "Lieutenant Colonel Iceal Hambleton was a missile intelligence expert in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. As such, he was privy to certain highly classified information. The film you are about to see is based on a true story." See more »

Goofs

The camera is filming the "pilot" of the Jolly Green Giant as he is flying above the jungle to perform another pass at a rescue attempt of the downed navigation officer. Through the pilot's window is a glimpse of a parking lot with multiple cars, including a blue and a white car very visible through the trees. See more »

Quotes

[as Capt. Bartholomew Clark flies away in a helicopter on an unauthorized flight]
Col. George Walker: When he gets back here, sergeant, I'm throwing his ass in the stockade!
Sgt. Harley Rumbaugh: We don't have a stockade, sir!
Col. George Walker: I'll build one!
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Edited into Stealth Fighter (1999) See more »

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Taut Vietnam thriller from different perspective
27 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Lt. Colonel Iceal Hambleton (Gene Hackman) is a respected, middle-aged strategist who has only seen the war from the air - and high in the air, too. During one reconnaissance mission, however, he's shot down behind enemy lines for the first time. Scared and out of his element, Hambleton must rely on Captain Clark (Danny Glover), a pilot, to help him keep his composure until a rescue can happen.

Most of the scenes are of just the two leads, almost making this a two-character action play. Both men provide stellar performances, with Hackman putting a decidedly different spin on his tough-guy, in-control persona. Glover is equally aces as the tireless pilot. And just in case you think there's going to be more talk than action in this movie, don't fret. The Vietcong are around somewhere, and they know Hambleton's in the vicinity. Not only does Clark have to get Hambleton out of there before good ol' Charlie finds him, he has to get him out of there before U.S. forces carpet-bomb the entire area! Needless to say, there are bombs bursting galore. Jerry Reed, who plays Clark's commander, also turns in a fine performance - a bit above par for Reed - and served as executive producer and composed some of the songs on the soundtrack.


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