Afterburn (1992)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  30 May 1992 (USA)
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Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T.... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Harduvel
Leo Morrone
Ted Harduvel
Casey 'Z' Zankowski
Mary Sciales
Acton Ryder
Andy Romano ...
Dr. Carl Haller
Terry North
Bill Decker
Col. Hewson
Carol North
Col. John Patterson
Cassy Friel ...
Kiki Harduval
Charlie Reeves


Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to offer. After much digging, Janet Harduvel discovers a joint military and General Dynamic cover-up. She proves to be unwavering in her search for the truth to clear his name. Written by Richard Jones <>

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30 May 1992 (USA)  »

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Alas de justicia  »

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During the funeral, the flag is shown draped over the casket with the field of blue over what would be the right shoulder or left foot of the deceased. In a funeral where the flag is used, the field of blue should be over the left shoulder of the deceased and the casket carried feet first. Note: Although later in the movie it is mentioned that only the hands were recovered from the accident and were the only contents of the casket, the flag would still be displayed with the field of blue covering where the left shoulder would be, had there been an entire body. See more »


Janet Harduvel: [At Ted Harduvel's gravesite] I know it wasn't Ted's fault. I'm not coming back here until I prove it.
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On appeal, the court ruled that although Janet Harduvel had presented substantial evidence of design defect in the F-16, General Dynamics was protected from liability as a government contractor. Accordingly, the $3.1 million damage award was overturned. Ted Harduvel's name remains clear. To date, more than 140 F-16s have crashed from a variety of causes. More than 40 pilots have died. The Air Force maintains that the F-16 is "the safest single engine fighter of all time". Janet Harduvel is continuing her legal battle against General Dynamics. See more »


For One Moment
Composed by Deborah Holland (as Debbie Holland) & Stewart Copeland
Performed by Deborah Holland (as Debbie Holland)
Debbie Holland appears courtesy of I.R.S. Records
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Full Of The Normal Hollywood View
7 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hollywood has never quenched its thirst with enough anti-U.S. government stories. It just goes on and on. Better yet is to have a woman fight the government, since that gets more politic ally-correct points. Here, we have a mouthy woman who demands to know what was behind her husband's death as a test pilot. He also was Captain in the United States Air Force. Hey, nothing wrong with that because - as we recently discovered with the Pat Tillman case - the government does lie. However, in Hollywood the government ALWAYS lies and that theme can get tiresome.

Actually, in this story we go past the government and find out it is a big corporation that was at fault for producing the pilot's plane to crash. So big business - another frequent target of the film industry even though it qualifies for that status itself - is the real villain.

The main character ultra-profane, chain-smoking "Jane Harduvel," and in portrayed in here by Laura Dern, who has played a number of low-life roles in her career. At least her character in this one mellowed somewhat as the story unraveled, but she was so profane and obnoxious for so long that it turned me off to the film. Having a nice-yet determined woman fight for her husband would have made the story more attractive to more people.

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