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Flight of the Intruder (1991)

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

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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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CPO Frank McRae
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Lt. Morgan 'Morg' McPherson
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Guffy
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Hardesty (as Scott Newton Stevens)
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Lt. Sammy Lundeen
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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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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,587,732 (USA)
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The final theatrical film directed by John Milius. See more »

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When Cole is talking to the Sandy, he says "I'm popping smoke" and then he says "do it" - the Sandy pilot should have replied "I have Red (or whatever color) smoke" to confirm it was Cole's smoke - this was always done to ensure the smoke was not from an NVA or Vietcong as they often used captured US smoke grenades to try and dupe the aircraft into bombing the wrong area. The same error occurred when Grafton was putting out smoke for the rescue helicopter. See more »

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Lt. Jake Grafton: I hear you've been selected early for Captain. They've going to *give* you your own boat, maybe even a carrier. And I wouldn't be surprised if you made Admiral.
Cdr. Camparelli: Have you ever seen a black man who's an Admiral?
Lt. Jake Grafton: Hey. Third-Generation Mafia, sir!
Cdr. Camparelli: That's right, Mr. Grafton.
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

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The House is Rockin'
by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Doyle Bramhall
Performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Courtesy of CBS Records, Inc. Music Licensing Department
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I can't understand why TopGun is so hyped yet nobody has even heard about this movie? Sure its not as glamorous or stylish but it is far more realistic. Perhaps some people just don't consider the old A-6 Intruder bomber as glamorous as an F-14 Tomcat fighter? Unlike Topgun, this movie is faithful to facts and the footage is much much better. The combat scenes are brilliant and the way they show the intensity of anti-aircraft artillery and machine gun fire from the ground really illustrates the difficulties of air warfare. Also unlike Topgun, where the MiGs were fake aircraft and really American F-5s, the MiGs in this movie were real MiGs. So were the SA-2 Divinia SAMs that were fired by the thousands. The combat and dogfight scenes were far more realistic than topgun even if they looked a bit less flashy.

This movie is a real gem and a must see for anybody interested in aviation or war related movies. If you are clueless about aviation and just want a no brain entertainer, stick to topgun.


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