Airborne (1998)

R  |   |  Action  |  23 July 1998 (Canada)
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Bill McNeil heads a black ops team called "Mach 1" called in to retrieve a cannister of deadly viral agent which was stolen from the government by an arms dealer. The team retrieve the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill McNeil
Sara Gemmel
Philip Akin ...
Romeo Cortez
Mr. Samuels
Ron Simpson
Dave Toombs
Philip DeWilde ...
Video Technician #1
Sara Sahr ...
Video Technician #2
Man #1
Yoav Dekelbaum ...
Man #2
Don Allison ...
Linda Barnett ...
Cop #1


Bill McNeil heads a black ops team called "Mach 1" called in to retrieve a cannister of deadly viral agent which was stolen from the government by an arms dealer. The team retrieve the weapon but the team is setup. Bill knows a traitor is behind things. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »




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23 July 1998 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Airborne - Bete, dass sie nicht landen!  »

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Climax scene used tanks and actual military crews from nearby Canadian Forces Base See more »


At the end of the movie McNeil is riding on top of limo. Close up shots show McNeil standing, but long shots are of stunt man who is kneeling, and rising. They jump back and forth several times in this scene. See more »


Edited into Supreme Sanction (1999) See more »

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Horrendous enough as a parody, until you realize they're serious!
18 March 2000 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

A friend picked up this film as a video rental, believing from the title and cover description that "Airborne" would be a moderate-to-bad exercise of the genre. This assumption was egregiously over generous; this movie is a pathetic, lamentable and completely, indeed, insultingly bad. Borrowing cliches from over a dozen previous movies, it apparently was shot over three days in various vacant spaces in Canada with a cast of about six. After the first ten minutes it ceased to be funny, as awfully bad movies sometimes are, and quickly devolved instead into a grotesque vanity piece for Steve Guttenburg, who after abandoning his Police Academy persona has attempted to recast himself as a tough-guy action hero. He succeeds only in looking as though he is portraying a Bruce Willis character at a bad Halloween costume party. From the overused and lame opening premise (an "elite" secret commando team, complete with code names and specializations typed in over their frozen images after the movie has commenced) to the painfully banal plot contrivances and thoroughly predictable sequences, the whole thing is a complete and utter waste of time, save perhaps as a catalogue of stolen characterizations, premises, and even dialogue from other films. Did Guttenberg actually believe anyone would buy him as a Willis clone? The production values and sets make this movie resemble a bad eighth grade media project more than the straight-to-video debacle it evidently was. Most laughable was the stock footage of tanks and other military apparatus ostensibly mobilizing to shut down the airport in the final climactic scene which were then nowhere in sight as Guttenberg/Willis struggles to save the world from a stolen secret biological warfare virus, stolen by (guess who?- the head of his own secret agency!- Maybe he should have tried to imitate Tom Cruise if he was stealing the plot of Mission Impossible). This movie is so bad it's not even worth the unintended laughs. Maybe it's time for Police Academy 15, Steve?

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