MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,569 this week

Afterburn (1992)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  30 May 1992 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 483 users  
Reviews: 6 user

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 »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 75 titles
created 02 Jun 2011
 
a list of 6279 titles
created 12 Jun 2011
 
a list of 245 images
created 16 Jul 2012
 
list image
a list of 1399 titles
created 20 May 2013
 
list image
a list of 8025 titles
created 15 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Afterburn" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Afterburn (TV Movie 1992)

Afterburn (TV Movie 1992) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Afterburn.
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Siege at Ruby Ridge (TV Movie 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

TV dramatization of the 1992 siege.

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Laura Dern, Randy Quaid, Kirsten Dunst
Music Box (1989)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A lawyer defends her father accused of war crimes, but there is more to the case than she suspects.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frederic Forrest
Focus I (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the waning months of World War II, a man and his wife are mistakenly identified as Jews by their anti-Semitic Brooklyn neighbors. Suddenly the victims of religious and racial persecution... See full summary »

Director: Neal Slavin
Stars: William H. Macy, Laura Dern, David Paymer
Recount (TV Movie 2008)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, Denis Leary
A Season for Miracles (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A miracle occurs for a homeless family consisting of two wayward children and their protective aunt with the help of an angel.

Director: Michael Pressman
Stars: Carla Gugino, Kathy Baker, David Conrad
Citizen Ruth (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An irresponsible, drug-addicted, recently impregnated woman finds herself in the middle of an abortion debate when both parties attempt to sway her to their respective sides.

Director: Alexander Payne
Stars: Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz, Mary Kay Place
Within These Walls (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Imprisoned after a drug arrest and bitter from a life marred by tragedy, Joan Thomas wants nothing to do with the world around her. But when a nun with a tragic past invites Joan to ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Robe
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Laura Dern, LaTanya Richardson
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

A suspended cop and his girlfriend blackmail an electronics expert into helping them break into the safe of the girlfriend's boss, a corrupt city councilman who's on the local mob's payroll.

Director: Kristine Peterson
Stars: Yvonne Farrow, Nicholas Cascone, Ray Baker
Back to Back (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An ex-cop finds himself caught up in a battle between Japanese mobsters and local gangland thugs and discovers that he was framed for wrong-doings by a corrupt cop.

Director: Roger Nygard
Stars: Michael Rooker, Ryo Ishibashi, Danielle Harris
Enlightened (2011–2013)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A self-destructive woman who has a spiritual awakening becomes determined to live an enlightened life, creating havoc at home and work.

Stars: Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns
Down Came a Blackbird (TV Movie 1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Helen McNulty is a journalist struggling to regain control of her life a year after she was abducted and tortured in Central America. She goes to a clinic for survivors of torture, where ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Sanger
Stars: Raul Julia, Laura Dern, Vanessa Redgrave
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In 1815, authors Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and Percy Shelley get together for some philosophical discussions, but the situation soon deteriorates into mind games, drugs and sex.

Director: Ivan Passer
Stars: Philip Anglim, Alice Krige, Eric Stoltz
Edit

Cast

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
...
Joe
Edit

Storyline

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 <rjo339@swbell.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He Risked His Life Flying An F-16 - Now She Risks It All To Fight For His Name. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alas de justicia  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The tail codes on the F-16s, which the Air Force uses to identify the base from which an aircraft flies, constantly change in flight on what is supposed to be the same aircraft. In some shots, the jets are correctly identified with a "WP" tail code for Kunsan Air Base, Korea, the base at which Capt. Ted Harduvel was assigned at the time of his accident. In other shots, the same aircraft is incorrectly identified with a "WA" tail code. This is the tail code for Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, which had no part in the story of this film. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Soundtracks

Nothing Is Worse (Than A Broken Heart)
Written by Donald Markowitz (ASCAP)
Performed by Robbyn Kirmsse
Published by Virgin Music, Inc. / Strongbow Music California & Donald Joy Music Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Low-Class Floozie Fights Injustice
5 August 2003 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

There were a spate of movies that came out over the course of a decade or so in which ordinary women, rather than saints, saw injustice in the system and fought against it. In "Marie," Sissy Spacek was the woman next door who just happened to stumble over state corruption and righted it despite resistance. That was in, I think, 1984. A few years later, Jodie Foster turned in a first-rate performance as a victimized woman who fights the legal bureaucracy in "The Accused." The innovate feature of "Accused" was that Foster played a young woman who was not only less than saintly but positively low-class. The film won Foster an Academy Award and it must have light a few light bulbs among the MBAs who greenlight projects, because in 2000, Julia Roberts won accolades for a similar part.

This one, starring Laura Dern, and featuring Loggia, Spano, and perennial heavy Rooker, among others, came in between -- 1992. And it really is derivative. Vincent Spano is a sexy pilot and Dern is a sexy waitress in a saloon. She brash and vulgar. She talks back to authority figures and smartasses smug housewives. She smokes. She wears her golden hair up in a great big pile on top of her head. She wears cheap-looking clothes, and she's easy. We can all recognize her as exactly the type of girl a Captain in the United States Air Force, an officer and a gentleman by act of Congress, would propose marriage to.

But, not to worry. The producers and writers must have realized that if they wanted to hook the female audience, this coarseness could only be taken so far. Therefore, as the movie progresses, so does Dern. She remains an outspoken woman, of course, but her demeanor and grooming change, gradually, until by the end she is perfectly fashionable by any middle-class definition.

It's not Dern's fault. She gives the role everything she's got and is quite good, throwing her ectomorphic body with those endlessly long legs around so carelessly. Her face is an interesting object as well, long and thin, with appealing blonde hair and darker brows and lashes. Spano is handsome too, I suppose, although we see a bit more of him than we need to perhaps. Robert Loggia is his dependable self. Rooker plays a mixed-up family friend who's heart is in the right place.

General Dynamics is the villain here. Spano's F-16 nosedives into the ground. The Air Force deems it pilot error, but Dern, the faithful wife, knows there is what she calls "a cover up." And so there is. General Dynamics is taken to court. No power on earth could force me to reveal who wins the case.

The plot is conventionally structured. The music stays in the background. The location shooting, in Southern California, isn't bad. It's derivative, yes, but so were several films that followed "Accused." That floozy business is the most interesting part of the pattern, though, and this made-for-TV movie gets rid of it pretty quickly.


4 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
what ever happened to... mommiesdevilpups
Soundtrack wdw4us
Saria, is 'Woman at Party' the one who troyanne0
help please tamm2670
Discuss Afterburn (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?