While in an international fair of exhibition of airplanes, a French Mirage 2000 of the last generation vanishes and pilots Antoine "Walk'n" Marchelli and Sebastian "Fahrenheit" Vallois are assigned to locate the plane that is flying in a hiding position below a commercial airplane. The pilots order the Mirage to return to the base, but the Mirage attacks Fahrenheit instead, and Walk'n immediately shots the Mirage saving his partner. However, the evidences are forged by the leader of a force called "Special Missions" and Walk'n is falsely accused of not following the orders and discharged from the air force. Blacklisted in the commercial flight companies, Walk'n and Fahrenheit are pressed to join the Special Missions team, where they disclose betrayals in a net of espionage. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
'Top Gun' for a new generation.
9 November 2005 (France)
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Opening Weekend: $3,712,896
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
Because of the strict rules prohibiting jet aircraft (and in particular, fighter jets) from flying over Paris airspace, director Gérard Pirès got permission to shoot the film's climactic final sequences over Paris on only a single day, Bastille Day (July 14th), with an additional rehearsal day on July 12th. Because of bad weather, the July 12th rehearsal had to be canceled, thus forcing the crew to rehearse and film everything over a critical few hours on the 14th. Although all of the most important shots were achieved on the 14th, a small propeller plane was brought in for some additional footage of the ground later on, and the film was sped up by 4 times to match that shot by the Mirage 2000 camera perfectly. In addition, all of the footage shot from the ground of the planes during the final sequences was filmed on Bastille Day, the only time in the entire year that the French government proudly displays its military forces in the capital. The military parade shown in the film is the largest in France held on Bastille Day, and it is held on the Avenue Champs-Élysées, near the Arc de Triomphe. See more
When attacking the desert airbase in the recaptured Mirage 2000D, Capitaine Antoine "Walk'n" Marchelli (Benoît Magimel) fires a Matra 550 Magic IR AAM from the port outer pylon, which destroys a refuelling truck on the ground and the captured Mirage 2000-5 it is refuelling. In the next few shots the Mirage 2000D still has a Magic on the port outer pylon. See more
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