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Writer (WGA):
Elizabeth Chandler (written by)
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Release Date:
30 May 1992 (USA) See more »
The Enemy Isn't Always On The Other Side. See more »
Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laura Dern ... Janet Harduvel

Robert Loggia ... Leo Morrone

Vincent Spano ... Ted Harduvel

Michael Rooker ... Casey 'Z' Zankowski

Welker White ... Mary Sciales

Richard Jenkins ... Acton Ryder
Andy Romano ... Dr. Carl Haller

Basil Wallace ... Terry North

Gary Basaraba ... Bill Decker

Dion Anderson ... Col. Hewson

Kasi Lemmons ... Carol North

Daniel Benzali ... Col. John Patterson
Cassy Friel ... Kiki Harduval

Christopher John Fields ... Charlie Reeves

Lewis Dix Jr. ... Joe
Matthew Posey ... Stanley

David Warshofsky ... Tiger

Stephen Burleigh ... Jeff Maxwell

Paul Perri ... Elliot Pace
Ron Frazier ... Col. Wilcox
Pierre Epstein ... Judge Colissimo

Richard Fancy ... Stephen Grant

Walter Addison ... Col. Andrew Mays

Peter Jason ... Col. Fred Pearson
Robert Balderson ... Jury Foreman
Rick Cicetti ... Mechanic (as Richard Cicetti)

Ryan Cutrona ... Wing Commander
John Fountain ... Pilot
Marjorie Harris ... Mitzi

Todd Jeffries ... Danny
Jeffrey King ... Harvey Matell
Kenton R. Lietzau ... F-16 Crew Chief
T.R. Marino ... Instructor

Michael Monks ... Controller
John I. Moseley ... Doctor (as Dr. John I. Moseley)
Randal K. Quan ... Honor Guard Captain
Jane Marla Robbins ... Annette
Janet Sciales ... Woman at Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessica Russell ... Vanessa (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Markowitz 
Writing credits
Elizabeth Chandler (written by)

Produced by
Elizabeth Chandler .... co-producer
Paul Kurta .... producer
Steve Tisch .... executive producer
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
Cinematography by
Isidore Mankofsky 
Film Editing by
Jerrold L. Ludwig 
Casting by
Molly Lopata 
Production Design by
Donald Lee Harris  (as Donald Light-Harris)
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop 
Costume Design by
Mary Kay Stolz 
Makeup Department
Lelis A. Arroyo .... assistant hair stylist (as Lelis Aramita-Arroyo)
Michelle Bühler .... key makeup artist (as Michelle Buhler)
Scott Williams .... head hair stylist
Production Management
Lisa C. Cook .... production supervisor
Tim King .... post-production supervisor
Paul Kurta .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher T. Gerrity .... second assistant director
Larry Lerner .... second second assistant director
Ray Marsh .... first assistant director
Art Department
Stanford Gilbert .... second assistant property master (as Stan Gilbert)
Karen Hartjen .... on-set dresser
Airick Kredell .... leadman
Chris Lane .... storyboard artist
David Lubin .... assistant art director
David Lubin .... set designer
King Orba .... assistant property master (as Mark Wallace)
Cheri Paul .... property master
Dennis Riewerts .... drapery
H.W. 'Pat' Ryan .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Anna Behlmer .... sound re-recording mixer (as Ana Behlmer)
Paul Farmer .... cable person
Joseph Geisinger .... production sound mixer
Sam Gemette .... supervising sound editor
William Jacobs .... sound editor
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Vandagriff .... supervising adr editor
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Woods .... boom operator
Special Effects by
José Díaz .... special effects assistant (as Jose Diaz)
William H. Schirmer .... special effects supervisor (as Bill Schirmer)
Visual Effects by
Leon Bijou .... technical advisor: Stargate Films
Greg Bridges .... grip: Stargate Films
Stephen David Brooks .... associate visual effects supervisor: Stargate Films (as Steve Brooks)
Daniel Brown .... miniatures supervisor: Stargate Films (as Dan Brown)
Richard Cornfield .... producer: Stargate Films
Michael Haase .... mechanical effects assistant: Stargate Films
Logan Hamilton .... model maker: Stargate Films
Harry Hope .... key grip: Stargate Films
David Kuklish .... mechanical effects supervisor: Stargate Films
James Iver Mattson .... matte photography: Stargate Films (as Jim Mattson)
Dawn Michaels .... production assistant: Stargate Films
Mark Mueller .... first assistant camera: Stargate Films
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects supervisor: Stargate Films
Jason Norris .... computer programmer: Toaster Marmalade
Toby Roberts .... production assistant: Stargate Films
Dan Schmit .... technical designer: Stargate Films (as Dan Schmidt)
Tony Shepherd .... video effects: Stargate Films
Jesse Silver .... matte paintings: Stargate Films (as Jessie Silver)
Chris Simmons .... model maker: Stargate Films
Paula Stross .... model maker: Stargate Films
Jerry Vaughn .... production manager: Stargate Films
Joe Viskocil .... pyrotechnics: Stargate Films
Joshua Weisel .... production assistant: Stargate Films (as Josh Weisel)
Brannon Wright .... model maker: Stargate Films
Ken Wilder .... digital artist (uncredited)
Raulette Woods .... visual effects: Stargate Films (uncredited)
Ron Burke .... stunt coordinator
David Gene Gibbs .... stunt pilot (as David Gibbs)
Neil Looy .... stunts
Chris Nielsen .... stunts
Paul E. Short .... stunts (as Paul Short)
Camera and Electrical Department
Casey Hotchkiss .... camera operator (as Case Hotchkiss)
David Jarrell .... gaffer
Tom Kessenich .... key grip
Steven Mann .... first assistant camera (as Steven 'Manny' Mann)
Michael Palmer .... best boy electric
Lenny Schway .... second second assistant camera
Todd Slyapich .... second assistant camera
William J. Taylor .... dolly grip (as Billy Taylor)
Janet Van Ham .... still photographer
Paul Wilkowsky .... best boy grip
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Suzanne Anaya .... extras casting
Barbara Blosveren .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Laurie Shapiro .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Black .... set costumer (as Cynthia D. Black-Montoya)
Joanne Carol Dendel .... assistant costume designer
Nancy Jo Jackson .... additional costumer
Robin Roberts .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Lawrence J. Gleason .... associate film editor
Jolie Gorchov .... assistant film editor
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Lois Trent-Bring .... negative cutter
Music Department
Michael T. Andreas .... musician: trumpet
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Jeff Seitz .... scoring engineer
Michael Thompson .... musician: guitar
Transportation Department
David Frederick .... transportation captain
Jeri Kelley .... transportation coordinator
Glenn Midcap .... driver (uncredited)
Paul Tumber .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Kevin Aiello .... caterer
Gregory Bartlett .... location manager (as Greg Bartlett)
Hans Berggren .... production accountant
Howell Caldwell .... production assistant
Brad Coley .... researcher
Mary Courtney .... production coordinator
Jennifer Crammer .... assistant: Mr. Markowitz
Mary Ann D'Achille-Weyer .... craft service
Stel Deleon .... assistant production coordinator (as Stel DeLeon)
Hilary English .... assistant: Mr. Tisch
Charles R. Eulo Jr. .... researcher
Lynette Graves .... production assistant
Janet Harduvel .... creative consultant
Kathy Herlong .... medical advisor
Mary Alice Holmes .... assistant accountant
Chuck Hood .... technical advisor
Steve Housewright .... location manager
Pat Jackson .... teacher/welfare worker
Stephen Kelly .... production assistant
T.R. Marino .... technical advisor
Sean McCarron .... production assistant
Douglas S. McClintock II .... assistant location manager (as Doug McClintock)
Jennifer Mielziner .... first aid
Nick Mook .... production assistant
Debby Parks .... assistant: Mr. Kurta
Ron Pipes .... production assistant (as Ronald E. Pipes II)
Mark Scherzer .... production assistant
Earnest Sheldon Jr. .... technical advisor (as Ernie Sheldon)
Carol Stewart .... script supervisor
John Van Citters .... production assistant
Charlie Weyer .... craft service
Lisa Marie Boiko .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sam Carlson .... location crew (uncredited)
Ken Rudolph .... title designer: main title sequence (uncredited)
Laurence Starkman .... title designer (uncredited)
Dan Bradley .... acknowledgment: news footage courtesy of WFLA-TV, Tampa, Florida
Ted Harduvel .... dedicated to the memory of
Rob North .... acknowledgment: news footage courtesy of WFLA-TV, Tampa, Florida
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103 min | Argentina:110 min
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Factual errors: 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 »
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 »
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based on a true story, 2 February 2015
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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