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Fire Birds (1990)

 -  Action | Adventure  -  25 May 1990 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Jake Preston
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Brad Little
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Billie Lee Guthrie
Bryan Kestner ...
Breaker
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Sharon Geller (as Illana Shoshan)
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Janet Little
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General Olcott
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Rice
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Darren Phillips
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Doug Daniels
Cylk Cozart ...
Dewar Proctor
Charles Kahlenberg ...
Oscar De Marco
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Tom Davis
Bob Lujan ...
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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 it's best people from it's Apache Air Combat school. But first they have to be taught how to fly air-to-air combat missions Written by Michael O'Keefe <epamok@epa.ericsson.se>

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Action | Adventure

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25 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Aguilas de fuego  »

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$14,760,451 (USA)
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The enemy jet fighter is portrayed by a Swedish SAAB J 35F 'Draken' (Dragon). See more »

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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 »

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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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Written by David Young, Julius Robinson, Cindi Avent Robinson
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Get some advisors from Ft Hood, Mr Director!
7 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Firebirds suffered from the same problem many military movies suffer from. The writers knew exactly squat about the subject matter. This movie had potential to be really excellent. Nick Cage and Tommy Lee Jones are two very good actors. However, they had crap to work with. The first problem was Apache pilots are a completely different breed than fighter jocks. They were badly portrayed. Sure, they are cocky and arrogant, but those "macho" lines were soooo corny. No self-respecting rotary wing aviator would be caught dead spouting that garbage. Secondly, the helicopters were shown fighting jets and other helicopters. That's like trying to win the Indy 500 in a Yugo or portraying Schwarzanegger as a ballet dancer. Sure its vaguely possible, but no sane person tries it. Finally, Sean Young, while very attractive was not the right person for the role of Billie. All in all, Fire Birds had the right elements and the concepts, but they were jumbled together badly and handled wrong. Leave it on the shelf and get Full Metal Jacket or Saving Private Ryan and see a military movie done right.


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