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 ...
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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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As a U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, "Gene" Hambleton commanded the 57first Missile Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from 1965 to 1971. He is better known as by his tactical radio call-sign, "Bat 21", he used in Vietnam when he was shot down in 1972 while jamming enemy radar, and parachuted behind enemy lines. When on the ground Col Hambleton found himself in the midst of an invasion force of over 30,000 North Vietnamese troops. While evading capture for eleven days he used his survival radio to call in air strikes against the invasion force. Rescue crews gave him coded instructions for where to go to be rescued based on golf course that he had played at different air force bases. Hambleton's harrowing ordeal was recounted in the book Bat 21 (1980), which was made into a movie of the same name in 1988. He died from cancer on September 19 2004 at age 85. See more »

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After driving through the mud the tires on the jeep are dry with very little mud when Bartholomew Clark gets out. See more »

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Capt. Bartholomew Clark: Let's get the basic relationship down... I'm the lifeguard, you're the drowning man. If you relax, I can bring you to shore. If you fight me, then I'll have to slap you around.
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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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