A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.
Fighter navigator Chris Burnett wants out: he was looking for something more than the boring recon missions he's been flying. He finds himself flying the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The film is based loosely on the experiences of USAF Capt. Scott O'Grady, who was shot down near the town of Mrkonjic Grad in northern Bosnia in June 1995 and was stranded in Serb-held territory for six days before being rescued by US Marines. O'Grady brought a lawsuit against 20th Century-Fox for damages to his character. He claims he didn't curse as much and never disobeyed orders. See more »
The enlisted uniforms in 1995 were the traditional dungaree uniform (denim bellbottom trouser, flat-lying collar). The utility style uniforms (straight-leg trousers, stand up collars) worn by the Vinson's enlisted personnel weren't phased in until 1999. See more »
[On Bosnian grounds after being shot down]
You think they saw us eject?
[Pulling out his radio]
We're not gonna be round to find out. Reigart's gonna be really curious about what happened to his $40 million plane.
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Sure, this movie is unrealistic, slightly jingoistic, and not exactly Dr. Zhivago when it comes to a deep plot, but it's fun to watch. I'm a serious student of the military studies in a professional sense, and I fully realize that the technology (especially the missile chase) and doctrines are unrealistic, but I am also capable of suspending my critical eye when I just want to sit back and enjoy an action flick. I'll save the brain power for something that actually matters, not for a movie, which is just another form of escaping from real life for an hour or two. So yeah, this movie gets a thumbs up for a fun film to sit back and enjoy the surround sound and big screen TV while chomping on some popcorn and a Coke.
Don't a movie seriously that isn't supposed to be taken so seriously!
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