An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told... See full summary »
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
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A 1:160 scale model of the city of Hanoi was built for the filming of the bomb-runs scenes. Buildings closer to the camera were detailed more while the furthest away buildings in the backround we only painted blocks of wood. See more »
The flight suits worn by several of the pilots had a cloth flap covering the pocket on the left arm. Flight suits were not made with these flaps until the mid 1980s. See more »
Lt. Cmdr. Mad Jack:
[Lt. Cmdr. Mad Jack, "Doc," is flying to Subic Bay with Lt. Sammy Lundeen, and receives instructions from a crew member on ejection]
Do I say roger or... just do it or what?
Lt. Sammy Lundeen:
You even say "huh," you'll be talking to yourself... 'cause I'll be gone."
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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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