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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.

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David Green

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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:

Sonoran Desert, 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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The enemy jet fighter is portrayed by a Swedish SAAB J 35F 'Draken' (Dragon). See more »

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The instructor Pilot sits inside the simulator box with the student, and inputs simulator training data from inside the simulator box , not from the computer room. The Pilot and Gunner are in separate simulator boxes, not in the same box. The computers for the flight simulators use disk drives. Tape drives would be to slow. See more »

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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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Chain Of Fools
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Not as bad as many say
20 April 2006 | by jquest-1See all my reviews

Frankly, I don't really understand why people complain so much about this movie. Top Gun ripoff? Maybe - so what? As something of a "military otaku", I've seen both, and I'd say I know enough about the matters portrayed, as well. Is it realistic? Not really, but it does provide simple, enjoyable entertainment and great viewing experience for the aviation fan in you. The footage is indeed great.

People keep bringing "Top Gun" up over and over. Just as unrealistic, if not worse. I'd say, TG is far more far-fetched than Fire Birds. Why does everyone hold TG in higher regard? It came first, but... that's about it.

I hear complaints about bad acting... I can't really tell, as the Polish edition has, just like everything else, that annoying lector instead of subtitles, efficiently making all the original dialogs inaudible. The dialogs, however, seemed quite okay in translation.

Honestly, I really like this movie. It's been in my collection for a dozen years now, and I've gotten myself a DVD recently. What's important to understand, is that it's one of those movies that are NOT supposed to have a deep storyline. The plot is nice and simple, just enough to keep a story going and show off the Apaches.

I love Top Gun, for its beautiful F-14 footage and a simple story that doesn't get in the way of the viewing experience. And i don't really mind the corny lines and obvious lack of any realism. It's not a documentary, it's an action movie, one of the few of its kind (aerial action movie?) As for Fire Birds...

I love Fire Birds for the same reasons - beautiful AH-64 footage and a simple story that keeps the thing going and doesn't get in the way of what I want to see there in the first place - the Apaches in action. I don't mind the corny lines nor flaws in realism. Just like TG, it's not supposed to be a documentary. It's an action movie of the same, rare genre as Top Gun. I wish there was more of those...


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