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Iron Eagle (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller, War | 17 January 1986 (USA)
A young pilot plans a rescue mission when his father, an Air Force Colonel, is shot down over enemy territory and captured.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Kevin Alyn Elders (as Kevin Elders), Sidney J. Furie

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Col. Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
Jason Gedrick ... Doug Masters
David Suchet ... Minister of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh
Larry B. Scott ... Reggie
Caroline Lagerfelt ... Elizabeth Masters
Jerry Levine ... Tony
Robbie Rist ... Milo Bazen
Michael Bowen ... Knotcher
Robert Jayne ... Matthew 'Matt' Masters (as Bobby Jacoby)
Melora Hardin ... Katie
David Greenlee David Greenlee ... Kingsley
Michael Alldredge ... Col. Blackburn
Lance LeGault ... General Edwards (as Lance Le Gault)
Tim Thomerson ... Col. Ted Masters
Tom Fridley ... Brillo
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Storyline

When Doug's father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state, no one seems able to get him out. Doug finds Chappy, an Air Force Colonel who is intrigued by the idea of sending in two fighters piloted by himself and Doug to rescue Doug's father after bombing the MiG base. Their only problems: Borrowing two fighters, getting them from California to the Mediteranean without anyone noticing, and Doug's inability to hit anything unless he has music playing. Then come the minor problems of the state's air defenses. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Doug is 18. Raised on an air base and born to fly. His father has been shot down 6000 miles away, and has been sentenced to death... for the crime of being an American. Everyone's telling Doug to sit tight and wait. Everyone but Retired Air Force Colonel Chappy Sinclair. They know what they have to do. And they've "borrowed" a pair of F-16s to do it. For them, waiting time is over. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Israel | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramat David Air Base, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,104,754, 19 January 1986

Gross USA:

$24,159,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,159,872
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Morgan Freeman auditioned for the role of Chappy Sinclair. See more »

Goofs

During and at the end of the race between Doug and Notcher, the Cessna 150/152's flaps are extended. Flaps increase drag and would be used to slow the aircraft. It is implied that Doug is flying at maximum speed to try and beat the motorcycle to the finish line. This couldn't be done with flaps extended. It is an obvious production necessity to make it appear that the race is close. Otherwise the Cessna would easily leave the motorcycle behind. See more »

Quotes

Doug Masters: Chappy, I got 'em, I got all three of the guns!
Chappy Sinclair: Yeah, but one of them got me.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are yellow over a blue background, as opposed to the normal white over a black background. See more »

Connections

Featured in Tosh.0: Rock Climber Pooed Pants (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Can Make You Cry
Written by Donnie Kehr, Ian Hunter and Michael Kehr
Performed by Urgent
Courtesy of Manhattan Records
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One Vision
12 January 2003 | by crossworlds@hotmail.comSee all my reviews

I love Iron Eagle. It's heavily slated as a "Top Gun rip-off" but in truth it certainly is not that.

Sure, Iron Eagle doesn't have the babes or the budget that Top Gun had, but who cares? It's still a fantastic fun movie to watch, no matter how unrealistic it is.

Lou Goussett Jr, Jason Gredick and David Suchet all put on blinding performances. The chemistry between Lou and Jason is great, believeable at times.

Iron Eagle in my honest opinion is better than Top Gun, many say it isn't but I think it is...it certainly has the better action scenes and a cool thumping soundtrack.

More of a "lads" movie, probably the pinnacle of an 80's nostalgic film.

Legendary, if underrated. Move over Top Gun.

8/10


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