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Janet Harduvel
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Leo Morrone
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Ted Harduvel
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Casey 'Z' Zankowski
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Mary Sciales
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Acton Ryder
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Dr. Carl Haller
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Terry North
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Bill Decker
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Carol North
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Kiki Harduval
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Charlie Reeves
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Joe
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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. 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>

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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 »

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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 »

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Roll The Dice
Written by Donald Markowitz (ASCAP) & Steve Schiff (BMI)
Performed by Robbyn Kirmsse
Published by Donald Joy Music Ltd. & Property Situation Music
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based on a true story
2 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story, "Afterburn" is about Janet Harduvel (Laura Dern), whose husband, Captain Theodore Harduvel, flew F-16s. When he is killed, supposedly due to pilot error, Harduvel sets out to clear his name, as her husband was one of the best pilots ever. She wants to prove that there was a malfunction of the new plane that was being covered up by the government, the Air Force, and the manufacturer, General Dynamics - and that it had been the cause of death for other pilots.

She seeks out an attorney (Robert Loggia) who agrees to take her case.

This isn't a typical made-for-TV movie, as it was produced by HBO, and is therefore a cut above. Laura Dern does an excellent job as the widow. Worth seeing.


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