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A scientist who has created a super helicopter has defected to Libya and taken the machine with him. A secretive government agency hires an ex-Vietnam War pilot to go to Libya, steal the chopper and bring it back.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stringfellow Hawke
... Dominic
... Michael Coldsmith Briggs III
... Dr. Charles Henry Moffet
... Gabrielle Ademaur
... Marella
... Senator William Dietz
W.K. Stratton ... Chuck Gordon
... Mark, Co-Pilot
Frank Annese ... Major Mufta Ben-Kamal
... Blaze
... Mitch, the Director
... Faye
... Carrier Commander
... Red Star Controller
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Airwolf is a high tech helicopter created by a government agency called "THE FIRM". The scientist who created it, is also a bit deranged, he steals it and takes it to Libya. Deputy Director Michael Colesmith Briggs, codenamed Archangel, who oversaw the Airwolf project has to try and get it back. Stringfellow Hawke, the only other man other than the creator who knows how to fly Airwolf, is recruited by Archangel to go to Libya to try and get it back. Only problem is that Hawke is a bit of a loner and an introvert, and his fee for doing this job is that THE FIRM must locate his brother, who is MISSING IN ACTION in Vietnem, dead or alive. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The movie is a re-edited version of the TV series pilot. It also includes some action scenes from the first season. See more »

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When engaging a French Mirage, Airwolf deploys the ADF pod (the unit that fires the missiles) at very high speed. This contradicts a statement of the in flight systems specialist at the start of the movie saying that the ADF pod cannot be deployed above 300 knots. See more »

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Michael 'Archangel' Coldsmith Briggs III: Straight at the Libyan coast! You trying to egg them out?
Carrier Commander: There's no need for that, sir. If your boys don't get that chopper in 4 hours, our boys go in and blow it away!
Faye: Our 'boys,' Captain, include women! One of whom has already given her life on this mission!
Carrier Commander: I'm sorry, ma'am, it's just a figure of speech!
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Pilot lacks the action and fun of the series
9 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

What will probably surprise viewers who find the video of this pilot in video stores is the amount of foul language in something that was made for TV. Well, that's explained by the fact that what's on video is the edit that was released to theaters overseas, with the language a silly way to try and hide the made-for-TV origins.

I can see why this was released to theaters overseas; some of the production values are pretty high, and would fit pretty comfortably on a movie screen at the time. Still, I am sure that the people who did see this in a theater were pretty disappointed. Now, the opening sequence is great, flashy and action-filled. However, after that point there is hardly any action until the very end, and filled with talk talk talk. Strange thing is that despite all that talk, a number of plot points remain unclear, like why the two pilots decided to defect to Libya with Airwolf's designer. And while some production values are high, there are also some surprisingly shoddy moments. The island assault sequence, for example, is incompetently directed and edited. And some cost-saving measures like stock footage or reused footage come across like contempt for the viewer. Still, I must admit these cost-saving measures are nowhere as blatant and lazy as what was done for the ill-advised fourth season of the show!


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