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Flight of the Intruder (1991)

During the air war over Vietnam, a US Navy A-6 Intruder tactical bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cmdr. Frank 'Dooke' Camparelli
Lt. Jake 'Cool Hand' Grafton
Callie Joy
Lt. Cmdr. 'Cowboy' Parker
Jared Chandler ...
Lt. (j.g.) Jack 'Razor' Barlow
Lt. Cmdr. Mad Jack / Doc
CPO Frank McRae
Lt. Morgan 'Morg' McPherson
Scott N. Stevens ...
Hardesty (as Scott Newton Stevens)
Justin Williams ...
Lt. Sammy Lundeen
Big Augie


After his bombardier is killed, Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton (Brad Johnson)', 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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Release Date:

18 January 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apostoli thanatou  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$14,587,732 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tom Sizemore and Ving Rhames also appear in Bringing Out the Dead (1999). See more »


The ZSU-23 anti-aircraft tank seen in the final scenes did not arrive in Vietnam until after American air combat ended in 1973. See more »


Lt. Grafton: Well, this is the end of Devil Five- O - Five. Say goodbye, asshole! Eject, eject, eject!
Cole: Goodbye Asshole!
Cole: [Cole and Grafton punch out]
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Referenced in Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music (1997) See more »


The Magic Moment
by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
Performed by Jay and the Americans (as Jay & the Americans)
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This movie touch me in a way only a veteran could feel
20 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I saw this movie for the first time it seemed like Deja vu. the first part of the movie was like I was reliving a part of my life when I was aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Saratoga (CV-60) in 1985. The ship in the movie was the U.S.S. Independence (CV-62) and it's the same ship in design as the Saratoga. When I was on that ship a pilot died suddenly when his A-7 exploded on approach and it was caused by a bomb arming and exploding on its own. We had an memorial service at the same place on the ship and it really blew my mind. From then on I have admired that movie and have watched it several times. To this day I get really choked up. Hey, it's not as well made as the Godfather but it isn't a bad movie either. But I feel it deserves better then a 5.3. Hey veterans out there, start voting.

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