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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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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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25 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Aguilas de fuego  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,358,761, 27 May 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,760,451
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The Catamarca Desert is specifically located in Argentina. See more »

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An OH-58D (The helicopter flown by Sean Young's character) can not be flown single-pilot in the left seat. Many of the Mission-Related controls are only available to the Right-hand seat (Pilot-in-command seat.) See more »

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[Jake is trying to rescue Guthrie from Stoller]
Jake Preston: You're not touching her you filthy piece of shit!
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White Flag
Written by David Young and Michael Sherwood
Performed by Michael Sherwood
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Top Guns wannabe
2 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Jake Preston (Nicolas Cage) is flying his Cobra attack helicopter against the drug cartel in South America. His group of Cobras and Blackhawks are attacked by a mercenary flying a Scorpion. The military decides to send more into the fight. Jake goes to Fort Mitchell to train in the Apache helicopter under Brad Little (Tommy Lee Jones). Brad wants to fly missions but he's deemed too valuable as a trainer. Billie Lee Guthrie (Sean Young) is Jake's ex training to fly reconnaissance. Jake is a confidential natural pilot but he struggles in the dark with left eye dominance.

This is trying to be Top Guns with helicopters. I like that part of the movie. Sean Young assembling a shoulder fired anti-aircraft missile is kind of cool. The aerial combat is slightly below the level of Top Guns. Tommy Lee is a great old guy. Sean Young is good but her relationship with Nicolas Cage is too overwrought. Cage is doing a simple one-note performance as the cocky flier. He is overdoing it Nicolas Cage style. I like seeing the helicopters but not so much the characters.


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