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Black Eagle (1988)

R | | Action, Drama | May 1988 (USA)
One of the US Air Force's most modern tactical aircraft, an F-111 Aardvark with a new laser guidance system, crashes into the sea near Malta - a region where the Soviet forces are highly ... See full summary »

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Eric Karson

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A.E. Peters (screenplay), Michael Gonzales (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shô Kosugi ... Ken Tani
Jean-Claude Van Damme ... Andrei
Doran Clark Doran Clark ... Patricia Parker
Bruce French ... Father Joseph Bedelia
Vladimir Skomarovsky ... Col. Vladimir Klimenko
William Bassett ... Dean Rickert
Kane Kosugi ... Brian Tani
Shane Kosugi Shane Kosugi ... Denny Tani
Dorota Puzio ... Natasha
Jan Tríska ... Capt. Valery
Gene Davis ... Steve Henderson
Alfred Mallia Alfred Mallia ... Peter
Joe Quattromani Joe Quattromani ... Lino
Victor Bartolo Victor Bartolo ... Chief Insp. Borg
George Portelli George Portelli ... Captain of Gorky
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Storyline

One of the US Air Force's most modern tactical aircraft, an F-111 Aardvark with a new laser guidance system, crashes into the sea near Malta - a region where the Soviet forces are highly present, too. The CIA immediately sends out their best secret agent, Ken Tami, to salvage the system before it falls into enemy hands. To ensure his loyalty, they bring his two young sons to a nearby hotel on the island. Ken Tami's tough opponent is KGB agent Andrei. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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There are no enemies. There is no glory. This fight is one on one. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Águila negra See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rotecon B.V., Magus See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Directors Cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.77 : 1
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Trivia

The boys playing Ken Tani's children really are Sho Kosugi's sons See more »

Goofs

At the end, when they sink the soviet ship, it is obviously a scale model being blown up. Seen particularly by the size of the waves in comparison to the "ship". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Reason to Die (1990) See more »

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Malta is the real star of this feature
26 February 2016 | by naughtyjimmySee all my reviews

Granted, this is not a great movie by any measure. Its plot, acting and direction are enjoyable but not really memorable.

And I'm no expert in martial arts movies, so I can't review Sho Kosugi and Jean-Claude Van Damme fighting performances in this flick.

But I nevertheless find it to be an entertaining and refreshing movie because:

a) It is slow-paced compared to movies churned out by Hollywood nowadays. I can't stand shaky cam photography nor "frantic" editing. I find 1980s pop-corn flicks quite relaxing.

b) It is full of nice sights of Malta, a location you very rarely see in motion pictures. Its fortifications, distinctive architecture, sunny beaches, beautiful landscapes... It's quite refreshing to enjoy the beauties of an oft-overlooked location in movie-making. Malta is the real star of this picture.

c) Doran Clark. She's a beautiful woman and quite convincing as the CIA agent "babysitting" the two kids. Why we haven't seen her in more movies is beyond me.

All in all, this flick is a guilty pleasure, but for good reasons.


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