Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a temporary shortage of helicopters causes a delay. Working with an Air Force reconnaissance pilot, Capt. Bartholomew Clark, he maps out an escape route based on golf courses he has played. Along the way however, he has to face enemy forces and the death of some of his fellow soldiers.
Trapped behind enemy lines. A whole army after him... And only one man can save him.
Did You Know?
Bat 21 was the call sign of Hambleton's EB6 Destoyer. Hambleton's personal call sign for that mission was Bat-21-Bravo, which was based on the plane's call sign. See more
In the first few minutes of the movie, as Iceal Hambleton (Gene Hackman) walks towards the helicopter, he carries a golf club in his right hand, and incorrectly salutes the helicopter pilot with his LEFT hand. See more
Capt. Bartholomew Clark
Let's get the basic relationship down... I'm the lifeguard, you're the drowning man. If you relax, I can bring you to shore. If you fight me, then I'll have to slap you around.
Edited into Gale Force