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Steal the Sky (1988)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Romance | War  -  1 December 1989 (Japan)
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An Israeli agent entices an Iraqi jet pilot to defect with his MIG fighter.

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Helen Mason
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Munir Redfa
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Kamel Djern
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David Mason
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Mohammed Khader
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Colonel Bukharine
Sam Gray ...
General Curt
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Colonel Gemayel
Etti Ankri ...
Fara
Michael Shillo ...
General Tal
Tamara Triffez ...
Chantal
Joseph Shiloach ...
Aziz (as Yossi Shiloa)
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Dr. Taupe
Faim Saadi ...
Amwar
Maria Cavaiani ...
Nadi
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An Israeli agent entices an Iraqi jet pilot to defect with his MIG fighter.

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spy | israel | mossad | seduction | iraq | See more »

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During the film's closing credits, Israel declared its victory during the Six Day War where the Israeli Air Force evaluated the captured MiG that Munir Redfa flew with during his defection. Also, the captured MiG was loaned to the United States Air Force in January 1968 where they also evaluated it (during the same time period when USAF and Navy aircraft (primarily the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II) were deployed to Vietnam and they were suffering heavy losses where the lighter MiGs had a greater maneuverability which led to the development of the Have Doughnut program where the Dissimilar Aircraft Combat Training was developed (that became the USAF's Red Flag program and the U.S. Navy's Fighter Weapons School later known as Top Gun). The USAF later returned the MiG back to Israel where it has became a museum display. Two years after the Six Day War, the IAF, who have also been a participant in the MiG evaluation along with its participation with the Have Doughnut program, acquired the F-4 Phantom II. See more »

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Munir Redfa's defection did not involve a dogfight - also, he actually defected with a MiG-21, not a MiG-15. The fighters that escorted his MiG were Lockheed F-80 Shooting Stars - in real life, he was escorted by two IAF Dassault Mirage IIIs. See more »

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Loosely based on the true story but
16 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Iraqi pilot did defect to Israel with his jet, but that is about the only thing this movie and the reality has in common.

The problem is that for a limited budget TV movie like this, most of the money is spent on paying celebrity Mariel Hemingway instead of being spent on making more realistic scenes. As a result, the movie had very serious flaws that is easily recognized by those with limited military and historical background:

For example, all jets used in this movie are two generations earlier than what was in real life: the Iraqi pilot defected with MiG-21 delta-wing supersonic fighters, but in the movie, this was replaced by obsolete subsonic swept wing MiG-17.

For Israeli Air Force, its delta winged supersonic fighter derived from the French Mirage III is replaced by the jet three generations earlier in this movie: the straight winged subsonic USA F-80 jet that first entered service at the end of World War II, more than two decades before the actual defection.

More financial resource should be spent on making this movie more realistic because the story is good enough for any actress, there is no need to hire a celebrity specifically.


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