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Bat*21 (1988)

R | | Drama, War | 21 October 1988 (USA)
During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.

Director:

Peter Markle

Writers:

William C. Anderson (book), William C. Anderson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Lt. Colonel Iceal Hambleton
Danny Glover ... Captain Bartholomew Clark
Jerry Reed ... Colonel George Walker
David Marshall Grant ... Ross Carver
Clayton Rohner ... Sgt. Harley Rumbaugh
Erich Anderson ... Major Jake Scott
Joe Dorsey ... Colonel Douglass
Michael Ng Michael Ng ... Vietnamese Man (as Rev. Michael Ng)
Theodore Chan Woei-Shyong Theodore Chan Woei-Shyong ... Boy on Bridge
Don Ruffin ... Helicopter Crew
Scott Howell Scott Howell ... Helicopter Crew
Michael Raden Michael Raden ... Helicopter Crew
Timothy Fitzgerald Timothy Fitzgerald ... EB-66 Officer
Stuart B. Hagen Stuart B. Hagen ... EB-66 Officer (as Stuart Hagen)
Jeffrey Baxter Jeffrey Baxter ... Helicopter Gunner (as Jeff Baxter)
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Storyline

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. Written by garykmcd

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Trapped behind enemy lines. A whole army after him... And only one man can save him.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bat 21 See more »

Filming Locations:

Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,966,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,300,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In this movie, Danny Glover's character (Captain Bartholomew Clark) commandeers an aircraft, against orders, to affect a rescue. In Flight Of The Intruder (1991), when his character (Commander Frank "Dooke" Camparelli, the commander of a carrier-based A6 Intruder squadron) gets shot down over Vietnam, one of his pilots commandeers an aircraft, against orders, to affect his rescue. See more »

Goofs

During the scene when they are bombing the village where the Jolly Green crashes, the shadow of the UH-1N flying overhead is obviously the shadow of a Bell Jet Ranger camera platform. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton: Bird Dog, I killed a man today. He wasn't even a soldier; he just kept coming. I couldn't stop him. I didn't want to do it. I never had to do anything like that before in my life.
Capt. Bartholomew Clark: Listen here, Bat 21. I never met you, but you don't sound like a killer to me. I'm sure you couldn't stop it from happening.
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Connections

Edited into Stealth Fighter (1999) See more »

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"It's too damn close..."
26 February 2009 | by Erich8192See all my reviews

I bought this 80's Vietnam movie ('based on a true story') in the $4.99 bin at the grocery store, staring Gene Hackman as a missile intelligence Lt. Col. and Danny Glover as a reconnaissance pilot. The main story is that Hackmann gets shot down in enemy land and has to try to survive on the VC infested ground until the choppers can pick him up, something as a mere war 'strategist' behind the front lines he's never has to do before. The whole movie is basically him in radio contact with the pilot Glover and their emotional-moral dialog...think Bruce Willis' character is Die Hard's relationship with Reginald VelJohnson, it's like that but the centerpiece of the movie.

It's a good patriotic story that has a more or less balanced and realistic portrayal of the war; the American's knowingly and reluctantly firebomb a village with civilians, but the VC sadistically kill wounded American soldiers, all based in reality. I didn't really recognize any of the other cast members, and the director it seems mostly does TV stuff. The movie was filmed in Malaysia, and has a lot of great helicopter footage. The napalm scenes are extensive and well done. More of a story about a man's personal struggle than a straight forward kill the bad guys plot, but definitely worth checking out and is fast paced action.


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