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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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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 ...
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Michael Raden ...
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Timothy Fitzgerald ...
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Stuart B. Hagen ...
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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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Bat 21  »

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$3,966,256 (USA)
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The true story's ending was quite different. Navy S.E.A.L. Lieutenant Tom Norris, and Vietnamese S.E.A.L. Petty Officer Nguyen Van Kiet took a sampan in to pick up Colonel Hambleton, after repeated attempts failed, with major losses of helicopters and men. Lieutenant Norris was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. See more »

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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 »

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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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Two percent fact 98% distortion.
22 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is a movie that had they stuck to the actual fact s would have been so exciting and completely engrossing. Instead they used two great actors and got a piece of schlock not worthy of the film its printed on. The only parts that were close to accurate were the actual shoot down and the loss of the H-3 crew (who were not returned until 1995? for burial at Arlington). The Danny Glover character was a back seater in a OV-10 Bronco and was shot down the day after Hambleton and needed rescue too.

Subsequently after 2 plus weeks several downed aircraft a Navy SEAL and SVN Navy PO stole a peasants fishing skiff paddled up river passing enemy machine gun nest and had a running gun battle on the way back. The SEAL was given the MEDAL OF HONOR and the PO the USN Navy Cross the only NC given to a South Vietnamese sailor ever.

There's a book by the same name as the movie written by a Air Force vet and current airline captain that is very good and I'd recommend it highly.

Aa sad postscript when Hambelton was asked how he could act as technical adviser on a movie that dishonored so many men who died trying to save him he replied "When they offer you that kind of money you can't turn it down". Get the book, you won't regret it and you'll read about real heroes.

Here's a movie that if remade true to actual events would full theaters with everyone on the edge of their seats. One final tid bit he was only 2 miles behind the "lines".


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