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Flight of the Intruder (1991)

 -  Action | Romance | War  -  18 January 1991 (USA)
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In the Vietnam War, a bereaved US Navy A-6 Intruder tactical bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi itself.

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Cmdr. Frank 'Dooke' Camparelli
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Lt. Jake 'Cool Hand' Grafton
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Callie Joy
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Lt. Cmdr. 'Cowboy' Parker
Jared Chandler ...
Lt. (j.g.) Jack 'Razor' Barlow
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Lt. Cmdr. Mad Jack / Doc
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C.A.G.
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CPO Frank McRae
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Lt. Morgan 'Morg' McPherson
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Guffy
Scott N. Stevens ...
Hardesty (as Scott Newton Stevens)
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Lt. Sammy Lundeen
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Big Augie
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Storyline

After his bombardier is killed, Jake Grafton, a carrier-based Intruder pilot, questions the purpose of Navy bombing missions. He finds an ally for his cynicism in Virgil Cole, a bombardier on his third tour of duty, and together they ponder the notion of one unsanctioned mission "downtown", to "Sam City" in North Vietnam. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The only thing they can count on is each other.

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Action | Romance | War

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18 January 1991 (USA)  »

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Flight of the Intruder  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,587,732 (USA)
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Trivia

The song that Jake Grafton (Brad Johnson) and Virgil Cole (Willem Defoe) gleefully sing in their A-6 Intruder after their successful bomb run on Hanoi is the 1964 hit Downtown made popular by British pop singer Petula Clark. During the Vietnam War going "Downtown" was military slang for bombing Hanoi. See more »

Goofs

After the encounter with the MiG, the plane seen landing on the carrier has the side number of 505. The plane Grafton and Cole are seen getting out of immediately afterwards has a side number of 520. See more »

Quotes

Cdr. Camparelli: [Grafton has just been shot down while trying to rescue Camparelli] You think this changes anything, you hoodlum? You disobeyed another order! I grounded you!
Lt. Jake Grafton: Hey, I AM on the ground!
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Edited into Stealth Fighter (1999) See more »

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The Magic Moment
Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman
Performed by 'Jay and The Americans'
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Not as bad as others seem to think
2 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watch this movie for the flying scenes! It has some the very best shots of an Intruder still or in flight. This aircraft is now out of service with the Navy except as a fueler but I can testify that this aircraft is down right dominating and scary to anyone on the ground when they make a low level pass and this movie captured it all!

That said, I read the book too and yes it is a lot different from the book but then most movies are. The question is does it conform to the spirit of the movie and Flight of the Intruder is close. It does take some short cuts which are even more obvious to a Navy vet but over all, this is one of my favorite Vietnam War movies and about the only one that gives a decent treatment to the carrier pilots.

The romantic part is not much and probably left in to keep it from not having any attractive females but it sure is not needed for dramatic effect.

The political and legal junk is really over blown and trite but if sufficient detail were included the movie would have been 3 hours long.

It is a good "Tiger flick" (war movie) for a rainy day and it has an honored place in my DVD collection!


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