Fire Birds (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure  |  25 May 1990 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Preston
Brad Little
Billie Lee Guthrie
Bryan Kestner ...
Sharon Geller (as Illana Shoshan)
A.K. McNeil
Janet Little
General Olcott
Charles Lanyer ...
Darren Phillips
Doug Daniels
Cylk Cozart ...
Dewar Proctor
Charles Kahlenberg ...
Oscar De Marco
Gregory Vahanian ...
Tom Davis
Bob Lujan ...
Steward Rives


The U.S. Government is willing to help any country that requires help in ridding themselves of drugs with support from the Army. Unfortunately, the drug cartels have countered that offer by hiring one of the best air-combat mercenaries and have armed him with a Scorpion attack helicopter. The army decides to send in its best people from its Apache Air Combat school. But first they have to be taught how to fly air-to-air combat missions Written by Michael O'Keefe <>

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Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aguilas de fuego  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)


$14,760,451 (USA)

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Some of the scenes were built on a set inside the Tucson Convention Center. See more »


An OH-58D (The helicopter flown by Sean Young's character) can not be flown single-pilot in the left seat. Many of the Mission-Related controls are only available to the Right-hand seat (Pilot-in-command seat.) See more »


Brad Little: Little's pre mission pep talk to Preston describing what he expects of his protégé "... a 1st class all American hero with his heart & brain wired together cooking full tilt boogie for freedom & justice!"
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Spoofed in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) See more »


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Written and Performed by Phil Collins
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products / Virgin Records Limited
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Truly wretched
3 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Inane rip-off starring Nicholas Cage as a helicopter pilot being trained by Tommy Lee Jones for a mission against drug dealers while romancing fellow pilot Sean Young. This is an unsubtle remake of "Top Gun" with a few scenes from "An Officer and a Gentlemen" thrown in for good measure. Nothing works: not the acting, the writing, of the direction. Everything is awful. A truly wretched piece of film making.

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