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Flight of the Intruder -- The target: a missile depot in Hanoi. The plane: the A-6 Intruder, a low-altitude bomber with no defensive weapons. The risk: court-martial at the hands of Commander Camparelli...if they live to return.


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Writers (WGA):
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18 January 1991 (USA) See more »
The only thing they can count on is each other.
In the Vietnam War, a US Navy A-6 Intruder tactical bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Danny Glover ... Cmdr. Frank 'Dooke' Camparelli

Willem Dafoe ... Lt. Cmdr. Virgil 'Tiger' Cole

Brad Johnson ... Lt. Jake 'Cool Hand' Grafton

Rosanna Arquette ... Callie Joy

Tom Sizemore ... Boxman

J. Kenneth Campbell ... Lt. Cmdr. 'Cowboy' Parker
Jared Chandler ... Lt. (j.g.) Jack 'Razor' Barlow

Dann Florek ... Lt. Cmdr. Mad Jack / Doc

Madison Mason ... C.A.G.

Ving Rhames ... CPO Frank McRae

Christopher Rich ... Lt. Morgan 'Morg' McPherson

Douglas Roberts ... Guffy
Scott N. Stevens ... Hardesty (as Scott Newton Stevens)
Justin Williams ... Lt. Sammy Lundeen

John Corbett ... Big Augie

Adam Nelson ... Little Augie
Adam Biesk ... Librarian

Reb Brown ... Air Boss

Peter Sherayko ... Clerk

J. Patrick McNamara ... Admiral
David Glyn Price ... Admiral
James O'Neel ... New Guy
Hugo Napier ... Newsman

David Schwimmer ... Duty Officer

Richard Fancy ... Intelligence Captain

Rick Dano ... Fighter Pilot Drunk
Mike Jolly ... Merchant Thug
Tom Kriss ... Merchant Thug
Jeff O'Haco ... Merchant Thug
Grove E. Johnson ... Bartender - 'Skipper'
Jonnie C. Pangyarihan Sr. ... Filipino taxi driver
Duane Matthews ... Jack 'Hammer' Johnson
Eddie Badiang ... Cole's Killer
Minh Huu Do ... Pathet Lao Soldier
Brian Khaw ... NVA Officer
Akio Mitamura ... Sniper (as Dr. Akio Mitamura)
Alison Furrevig ... Sallie
Connie B. Canales ... Hooker
Ernie Seliceo ... Thug
Ken Wright ... Aide
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bob Bergen ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Court-Martial Captain (uncredited)

Directed by
John Milius 
Writing credits
Stephen Coonts (novel)

Robert Dillon (screenplay) and
David Shaber (screenplay)

Produced by
Brian E. Frankish .... executive producer (as Brian Frankish)
Lis Kern .... associate producer
Mace Neufeld .... producer
Ralph Winter .... co-executive producer
Robert Rehme .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
Cinematography by
Fred J. Koenekamp (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steve Mirkovich 
Carroll Timothy O'Meara 
Peck Prior 
Production Design by
Jack T. Collis 
Art Direction by
Albert Heschong  (as E. Albert Herschong)
Set Decoration by
Mickey S. Michaels 
Makeup Department
Jeff Dawn .... makeup artist
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist
Production Management
D. Scott Easton .... unit production manager
Brian E. Frankish .... unit production manager (as Brian Frankish)
Conrad Irving .... production manager: second unit (as Conrad Paul Irving)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Albert Cho .... second second assistant director
Steve Danton .... first assistant director
Conrad Irving .... first assistant director: second unit (as Conrad Paul Irving)
Terry Leonard .... second unit director (as Terry J. Leonard)
Bob Lewis .... second assistant director: second unit
Marge Piane .... dga trainee
Barry K. Thomas .... second assistant director
Art Department
John Alvin .... poster artist
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greensman
Jeff Clark .... sign writer
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator
Mark Fenlason .... leadman
Mark Fenlason .... model maker
Joseph E. Hubbard .... set designer
Jack Johnson .... illustrator
Richard Franklyn Mays .... set designer
Nick Navarro .... set designer (as Nick S. Navarro)
Dennis J. Parrish .... property master
Fred Seibly .... signwriter (uncredited)
D.A. Zingelewicz .... location foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Behle .... sound recordist
Fred J. Brown .... supervising sound editor
Anne Couk .... first assistant sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Joe Kenworthy .... sound mixer: second unit
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Michele Sharp .... sound editor
Jack Solomon .... sound mixer
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Webb .... sound recordist
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Jack Keller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lloyd A. Buswell .... gang boss
John Cassel .... special effects technician
Lawrence Decker .... special effects assistant
Tamar Dick .... special effects artist
R.J. Hohman .... special effects technician
Wayne Kosky .... grip: special effects unit
Joe Lombardi .... special effects coordinator
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects supervisor (as Paul Lombardi)
Steve Sanders .... model maker: miniatures
Jimmy Thomson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
William L. Arance .... airbrush artist
Greg Aronowitz .... model maker
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor: Matte World
Harold Buchman .... digital artist
Bill Coffin .... visual effects
Chris Dawson .... visual effects animation camera operator
Chris Dawson .... visual effects animator
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: Matte World
Tim Donahue .... visual effects art director: Introvision
Peter Farson .... technical director
Charles Gibson .... visual effects
Steve Hyde .... visual effects artist
Richard Kilroy .... model maker
Michael Lawler .... visual effects cameraman
Kevin Scott Mack .... model painter
Rob Maine .... motion control animation camera
Alan McFarland .... miniature effects lighting: Sessums Engineering
John P. Mesa .... visual effects cameraman
William Mesa .... visual effects supervisor
Aung Min .... digital artist: Rhythm & Hues Inc
Steve R. Moore .... visual effects editor
Michael Pangrazio .... matte artist supervisor
Dennis Rogers .... first assistant camera: Sessums VFX Unit
Issy Shabtay .... visual effects coordinator
Joseph Thomas .... animation cameraman
Mark Vargo .... visual effects producer
Christopher Dusendschon .... animation supervisor: INTROVISION (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... vistavision camera operator: INTROVISION (uncredited)
Michael Okuda .... additional animation (uncredited)
Michael Tigar .... digital artist (uncredited)
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Bobby Aldridge .... stunt performer
Perry Barndt .... stunts
Troy Brown .... stunts
R.J. Chambers .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Jay Cullin .... stunt pilot
Colin C.L. Fong .... stunts
Steve Hinton .... stunts
Steven Ito .... stunts
Terry Jackson .... additional stunt double: Brad Johnson
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Will Leong .... utility stunts
Kent W. Luttrell .... stunt rigger
Jerry Meyers .... stunt Parachutist
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Oliver Theess .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Mark Travis .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert L. Blatman .... assistant camera
David Canestro .... grip
Frank Detone Jr. .... grip
Tim Dunford .... assistant camera
William E. Fitch .... grip
Norman Lang .... electrician
Bruce McBroom .... still photographer
Michael A. McFadden .... rigging grip
Bo Miller .... key grip
David B. Nowell .... photography: second unit
Paul M. Pollard .... camera operator
Gary D. Scott .... first assistant camera: second unit
Carl A. Vidnic .... electrician
Michael D. Weldon .... first assistant camera
Earl C. Williman .... gaffer: second unit
Leonard Romie .... electrician (uncredited)
Gary Stark .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Glanzer .... location casting
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George L. Little .... costume supervisor
Mark Peterson .... key costumer
Lew Richard .... assistant wardrobe & technical advisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Timothy Alverson .... assistant editor
Jeff Chaves .... colorist (digital color correction)
Sam Citron .... assistant editor
Richard Currie .... assistant film editor
John Lafferty .... assistant editor
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
George Doering .... musician
Charles Martin Inouye .... music editor
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Randy Peters .... transportation coordinator
Candace Wells .... transportation captain
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
Mitch Friedman .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Bob Bergen .... voice: special vocal effects
Jim Box .... aerial consultant
James E. Brooks .... technical advisor: Navy (as Lieutenant James E. Brooks)
Kathy Day .... assistant: Mr. Neufeld
Thomas R. Harmon .... aerial consultant
Steve Hinton .... aerial coordinator
Steve Hinton .... pilot
Craig Hosking .... helicopter pilot
Jerry Irvine .... rocket effects
Carol Keith .... assistant production coordinator
Clay Lacy .... aerial unit coordinator
Dean LaFleur .... US Navy A-6 Intruder Pilot (as LT Dean "Frenchy" LaFleur)
David R. Lawson .... medic
Robert H. Lemer .... key location manager
David Mesloh .... modelmaker
Stuart Neumann .... location manager
Ron Pinkard .... technical advisor
Trudy Ramirez .... script supervisor (as Trudy G. Ramirez)
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot
Michael Roberts .... production accountant
Samuel Lee Sayers .... technical consultant (as Captain Samuel Lee Sayers)
Debbie Schwab .... production coordinator
Burton Sharp .... adr group coordinator
Michael T. Sherman .... technical advisor: Navy
Gene Witham .... technical advisor
Bill Young Jr. .... aerial consultant

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115 min
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Danny Glover and Willem Dafoe both share the same birthday. Glover was born on July 22nd, 1946 and Dafoe was born on July 22nd, 1955.See more »
Factual errors: In several scenes, the North Vietnamese are shown firing Sa-2 "Guideline" SAMs at Intruders flying at tree-top or roof-top height. As the Sa-2 has a minimum engagement altitude of 250 metres (820 feet), it would be impossible for them to engage such a low-flying target.See more »
Admiral:What we're going to tell you Commander, may come as a surprise, but it must be held in the utmost secrecy, and its importance will become obvious. I think you'll understand.
Court-Martial Captain:All charges against your boys have been dropped.
Cdr. Camparelli:Sir?
Court-Martial Captain:They're gone, dropped, never happened.
Cdr. Camparelli:What do you want me to do, Captain?
Court-Martial Captain:Cover it up, sweep it under the rug. Take your men back to your carrier first thing in the morning, keep their mouths shut. Beyond that, you can do what you want to with them, but this affair's over.
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Exciting adaptation chronicling the exploits of bombardiers including thrills and overwhelming aerial scenes, 19 November 2012
Author: ma-cortes

It's a thrilling warlike movie that contains over-the-top performances , drama , poignant vignettes and unsparing action . It takes place at the beginning of the Vietnam war , after his bombardier is killed, Jake Grafton (Brad Johnson), a carrier-based Intruder pilot, questions the purpose of Navy bombing missions and he join forces with another partner (Willem Defoe) to carry out a dangerous objective in Hanoi . Meanwhile , a grumpy general (Danny Glover) surveys their exploits and frustrations but when his aircraft is shot down , he is stranded in the wilds of Vietnam . Alone , he must rely on himself and a whole army after him . Trapped behind enemy lines , only two men with whom he has radio contact can save him and to get him out . As the protagonists come determined to rescue him .

Pretty good aerial flick plenty action , tragic drama , fantastic cloudy scenes and breathtaking dogfighting . It's a spectacular actioner including impressive scenarios , fine star cast and memorable acting . It plays like one of these 1940s service propaganda war that was shot in cooperation with US Air Force . This stirring as well as incongruous warlike movie mixes thrills , rugged action and dialog with lots of military scenes , without losing sight of the continuation of its interesting plot or necessities of war and works on various levels . Acceptable budget extended adventures about a maverick pilot and his pal undergoing risked feats on air and bombing on earth . It gets the right balance between the old-style warfare movies and the modern wartime films . Noisy action scenes punctuate the tension without breaking it . Brad Johnson and Willem Defoe give terrific acting in this otherwise passable film , both of whom show professionalism as two crack fighter pilots , two ambitious Lieutenants assigned to risked missions . Danny Glover is top-notch as Cmdr. Frank 'Dooke' Camparelli , he is a grumpy but likable officer subsequently stranded and alone after his plane is gunned down . Secondary cast is frankly excellent as Rosanna Arquette , Dann Florek , Tom Sizemore , Ving Rhames , Madison Mason , J Kenneth Campbell , David Schwimmer , John Corbet , among others . Fine production design and right special effects , as 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 background we only painted blocks of wood . And being partially filmed on the USS Independence CV-62 . While the story was centered around VA-196, VA-165 was actually the squadron used to film the movie ; all of the aircraft used for filming were re-painted with VA-196 markings used during the Viet Nam conflict era . Colorful and evocative cinematography in super 35 by Fred J Koenekamp . Moving musical score fitting to action by Basil Poledouris , he had originally been scheduled to score Dances with Wolves but reluctantly dropped out to score this film for his close friend John Milius, with extremely damaging results to his career when he found himself suddenly unemployable at any studio making a picture with the then-hot Kevin Costner .

The motion picture was professionally directed by John Milius but he stated that making this film was one of the worst experiences he had. He is a notorious screenwriter and filmmaker with several hits , specially on adventure genre as ¨Jeremiah Johnson (1972)¨, ¨Conan¨ , ¨Red Dawn¨, and also made biography as ¨Dillinger¨ , making two films about Theodore Roosevelt , ¨ The Wind and the Lion¨(1975) and ¨Rough Riders¨ (1997) . He was partially the basis for the character of Walter in the cult classic ¨The great Lebowski (1998)¨. Rating ¨Flight of the Intruder¨: Good and entertaining . Compassionate thinkers , lovers warfare genre , and non-pacifists will all find satisfaction here .

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