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Fire Birds (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 25 May 1990 (USA)
Elite Apache helicopter pilots are tasked with destroying powerful armed drug cartels operating in South America.

Director:

David Green

Writers:

Step Tyner (story), John K. Swensson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Jake Preston
Tommy Lee Jones ... Brad Little
Sean Young ... Billie Lee Guthrie
Bryan Kestner ... Breaker
Illana Diamant ... Sharon Geller (as Illana Shoshan)
Dale Dye ... A.K. McNeil
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Janet Little
J.A. Preston ... General Olcott
Peter Onorati ... Rice
Charles Lanyer Charles Lanyer ... Darren Phillips
Marshall R. Teague ... Doug Daniels
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Dewar Proctor
Charles Kahlenberg Charles Kahlenberg ... Oscar De Marco
Gregory Vahanian Gregory Vahanian ... Tom Davis
Robert Lujan Robert Lujan ... Steward Rives (as Bob Lujan)
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Storyline

The U.S. Government is willing to help any country that requires help in ridding themselves of drugs with support from the Army. Unfortunately, the drug cartels have countered that offer by hiring one of the best air-combat mercenaries and have armed him with a Scorpion attack helicopter. The army decides to send in its best people from its Apache Air Combat school. But first they have to be taught how to fly air-to-air combat missions Written by Michael O'Keefe <epamok@epa.ericsson.se>

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The best just got better.

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aguilas de fuego See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,358,761, 28 May 1990

Gross USA:

$14,760,451

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,760,451
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Catamarca Desert is specifically located in Argentina. See more »

Goofs

During the final battle with Stoller, Jake and his Apache are directly behind Stoller's Scorpion. However, the impacts from the Hydra rockets are squarely on the side of the Scorpion if it were perpendicular to the Apache. See more »

Quotes

Jake Preston: Breaker, strawberry gum?
Breaker: No
Jake Preston: How about you, sir, strawberry gum?
Brad Little: [angrily] No!
Jake Preston: [dead pan] It's delicious?
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Written and Performed by Phil Collins
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Not NEAR as bad as all these comments
20 February 2006 | by theghost1See all my reviews

I don't know for sure but after reading all of these comments at least half of them seem to come from the same person using different handles. All seem to say the same thing that this tried to be a Top Gun with helicopters. I really didn't see any comparison to Top Gun whatsoever. No more than there were people flying and there was a love story. Someone mentioned the Iron Eagle series. If one copied the other it was probably Top Gun copying Iron Eagle Since Iron Eagle came out 3 - 4 months earlier.

I just got finished watching this movie Which I saw originally on NBC.

I thought originally that this was a Made for TV movie for some reason but I guess after reading here that it was put out at the theaters. I would have loved to have seen it on the big screen but admit I would not want to pay 7 dollars to see it. IT still rates better than 1 or 2 stars and all the bad insults it is getting here. I agree with one of the people that posted here that it would go great as a "Movie for Guy's who like movies" As a guy I love movies with action. I am not in the army and know a "Little" about the equipment. I am not a fighter pilot though and am not in the military. As a civilian I love this movie as an action movie. If I wanted to see realistic and authentic representations of Millitiary equipment I'll go to the History Channel. If I wan't an action movie with just the right amount of comedy and romance I'll go see fire birds again.

Is it realistic? NO Is it fun? Yes Is it accurate? No are there some corny lines? Yeah but let me ask you this. All these people talking about Top gun being so big... how many pilots would really fly upside down and flip off a Russian and take it's picture? how many pilots would really do those kinds of fly by's and still be in the Navy? and I won't go into the corny lines from that movie.

All in all Firebirds is deserving of just as much respect based on it's merits as a fun action/romance movie as is Top Gun without comparing them to each other.


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