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Fire Birds (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 25 May 1990 (USA)
Elite Apache helicopter pilots are tasked with destroying powerful armed drug cartels operating in South America.

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Sharon Geller (as Illana Shoshan)
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General Olcott
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Charles Lanyer ...
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Oscar De Marco
Gregory Vahanian ...
Tom Davis
Robert Lujan ...
Steward Rives (as 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 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 <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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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,358,761, 27 May 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,760,451
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Trivia

The "Scorpion" attack helicopters are actually Hughes MD-500D Defenders. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jake Preston: Time to throw the dog a bone, Breaker.
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Chain Of Fools
Written by Don Covay (as Dan Covey)
Performed by Judson Spence
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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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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