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Bat*21 ()


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During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.

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Lt. Colonel Iceal Hambleton
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Captain Bartholomew Clark
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Colonel George Walker
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Ross Carver
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Sgt. Harley Rumbaugh
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Major Jake Scott
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Colonel Douglass
Michael Ng ...
Vietnamese Man (as Rev. Michael Ng)
Theodore Chan Woei-Shyong ...
Boy on Bridge
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Helicopter Crew
Scott Howell ...
Helicopter Crew
Michael Raden ...
Helicopter Crew
Timothy Fitzgerald ...
EB-66 Officer
Stuart B. Hagen ...
EB-66 Officer (as Stuart Hagen)
Jeffrey Baxter ...
Helicopter Gunner (as Jeff Baxter)
Alan King ...
Helicopter Gunner
Bonny Yong ...
NVC / VC Officer (as Bonnie Yong)
Willie Lai ...
NVA / VC Officer
Martin Yong ...
NVA / VC Officer
Jim Aman ...
NVA / VC Officer
Freddie Chin ...
NVA / VC Officer
Dennis Chong ...
NVA / VC Officer
Liow Hui Chun ...
NVA / VC Officer
Fung Yun Khiong ...
NVA / VC Officer
Henry Lee ...
NVA / VC Officer
Ming-Yang Li ...
NVA / VC Officer (as Michael Lee)
Jeffrey Liew ...
NVA / VC Officer
Fredolin Leong ...
NVA / VC Officer
Benedict Lojingkau ...
NVA / VC Officer
Walter Lojingkau ...
NVA / VC Officer
Johnny Michael ...
NVA / VC Officer
Clarence Mojikon ...
NVA / VC Officer
Wilod Nuin ...
NVA / VC Officer
Harold Sinpang ...
NVA / VC Officer
Paul Yong ...
NVA / VC Officer
Conidon Wong ...
NVA / VC Officer
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Reporter (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ...
Army pilot (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Markle

Written by

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William C. Anderson ... (book)
 
William C. Anderson ... (screenplay) and
George Gordon ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Michael Balson ... producer
Mark Damon ... co-producer
David Fisher ... producer
Evzen Kolar ... line producer
Gary A. Neill ... producer
Jerry Reed ... executive producer
David Saunders ... co-producer

Music by

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Christopher Young

Cinematography by

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Mark Irwin ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Stephen E. Rivkin

Editorial Department

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Hope Moskowitz ... first assistant editor
Bill Swenson ... second assistant editor
Dode Weyant ... negative cutter
Richard Garibaldi ... home video mastering colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Nancy Banks

Production Design by

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Vincent M. Cresciman ... (as Vincent Cresciman)

Art Direction by

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Arthur Riddle
James Terry Welden ... (as Terry Welden)

Costume Design by

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Audrey M. Bansmer

Makeup Department

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Kashka Banjoko ... hair stylist
Louis Lazzara ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Robert E. Waters ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Everett Creach ... second unit director
Stuart B. Hagen ... second assistant director
Craig Huston ... first assistant director
Navin Naidu ... assistant director: Malaysia
Chris Pechin ... second unit director
Yahya Sayadi ... assistant director: Malaysia

Art Department

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Mark Joyce ... model maker
Dick Kyker ... property master
Chris Pechin ... storyboard artist
Thomas Thom ... construction coordinator
Maryann Willie ... scenic artist

Sound Department

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Randy Alsenz ... sound assistant
Joseph D. Citarella ... foley mixer
Florentino Corpuz ... boom operator
Mark A. Elliot ... sound editing (as Mark Elliot)
Lisle Hebert ... sound editing
Grover B. Helsley ... re-recording mixer (as Grover Helsley)
Harry Hitner ... sound editing
William Hooper ... sound editing (as Bill Hooper)
Howard Karp ... sound restoration
Itzhak Magal ... sound mixer
Dessie Markovsky ... Sound Design and Supervising Sound Editing / supervising sound editor
Jon Oh ... sound assistant (as John Oh)
Troy Porter ... foley mixer
Emile Razpopov ... Sound Design and Supervising Sound Editing / supervising sound editor
Richard D. Rogers ... adr mixer / re-recording mixer
Clarinda Wang ... sound assistant
John Wilkinson ... re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Brent D. Winter ... sound editing (as Brent Winter)
Mary Jo Lang ... foley mixer (uncredited)
Sarah Monat ... foley artist (uncredited)
Morten Folmer Nielsen ... adr editor (uncredited) / adr recorder (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp ... foley recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Richard E. Johnson ... special effects supervisor
Joe Viskocil ... pyrotechnician
Gene Warren Jr. ... special effects supervisor
Alan White ... special effects crew (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Bruce A. Block ... matte cameraman
Michael Joyce ... model shop supervisor
Ken Marschall ... matte artist
Bret Mixon ... rotoscoping

Stunts

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Mickey Alzola ... stunts
Everett Creach ... stunt coordinator
Scott Howell ... stunts
Gary Littlejohn ... stunts
Anthony Ogunsanya ... stunts (as Tony Ogunsanya)
Michael Raden ... stunts
Don Ruffin ... stunts
V. Thiagarajah ... stunt helicopter pilot (as Capt. V. Thiagarajah)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... stunt helicopter pilot

Camera and Electrical Department

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Kenneth Adams ... key grip
Scotty Allan ... gaffer
Tommy Chang ... still photographer
Jun Dalawis ... second assistant camera (as Jun Dalawas)
Eric J. Goldstein ... first assistant camera
Richard Haas ... second assistant camera
Philip Holahan ... director of photography: second unit
Mark Irwin ... aerial and spotter plane photographer
Roland Neveu ... special still photographer
Nick Papanickolas ... best boy grip (as George Papanickolas)
Lee Yen Phin ... second assistant camera
Ian D. Scott ... best boy electric
V. Thiagarajah ... pilot: camera helicopter (as Capt. V. Thiagarajah)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... pilot: camera helicopter

Casting Department

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Ruth Peebles ... casting assistant
Burton Sharp ... voice casting

Music Department

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Jason Bentley ... music supervisor
George Doering ... musician
Mark Graham ... music copyist / music librarian
Marni Sanders ... copyist
Jeff Vaughn ... score mixer / score recordist
Jim Weidman ... music editor
Paul Francis Witt ... conductor: orchestra / music consultant
Masakazu Yoshizawa ... featured musician: shakuhachi and nokan solos
Anne Atkins Young ... music coordinator
Joe Zimmerman ... music preparation
Mark Zimoski ... electronic percussion programming
Tom Boyd ... oboe (uncredited)
Harvey Cohen ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alexander Courage ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Sandy DeCrescent ... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation (uncredited)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn solos (uncredited)
Christopher Young ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Maxine Bergen ... script supervisor
Marita Grabiak ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Henry King ... transportation captain

Additional Crew

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David L. Aaron ... title designer
Lyle Byrum ... aerial coordinator / pilot: spotter plane
Bundy Chanock ... set medic
Gary Douris ... parachutist
Iceal Hambleton ... technical advisor (as Lt. Colonel Iceal Hambleton)
Cindy Hochman ... production coordinator
Solomon J. LeFlore ... production financing
Muhandes H.J. Mohamed ... parachutist
Anthony Ogunsanya ... stand-in (as Tony Ogunsanya)
Deborah Shaw-Kolar ... unit publicist (as Deborah Shaw)
Jon Turtle ... financier
Alan Webber ... stand-in

Thanks

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Sam Oetinger ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Trapped behind enemy lines. A whole army after him... And only one man can save him. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Bat 21 (United States)
  • Air Force: Bat 21 (France)
  • Bat 21 (Spain)
  • Batallón 21 (Chile)
  • Bat 21 - Αποστολή χιλίων κινδύνων (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 105 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $11,300,000

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Trivia As a U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, "Gene" Hambleton commanded the 57first Missile Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, from 1965 to 1971. He is better known as by his tactical radio call-sign, "Bat 21", he used in Vietnam when he was shot down in 1972, while jamming enemy radar, and parachuted behind enemy lines. When on the ground, Colonel Hambleton found himself in the midst of an invasion force of over thirty thousand North Vietnamese troops. While evading capture for eleven days, he used his survival radio to call in air strikes against the invasion force. Rescue crews gave him coded instructions for where to go to be rescued, based on golf courses, on which he had played, at different Air Force bases. Hambleton's harrowing ordeal was recounted in the book Bat 21 (1980), which was made into this movie. He died from cancer on September 19, 2004 at age 85. See more »
Goofs In the movie, the aircraft flown by "Bird Dog" was not actually a Cessna O-2 observation aircraft, but was a civilian Cessna 337 Skymaster, painted gray. An O-2 would have multiple windows in the doors and floor to allow visibility of the ground. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Stealth Fighter (1999). See more »
Quotes 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.
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