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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

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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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, 27 May 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,760,451
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the exterior shots of "Fort Mitchell" were filmed at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, and the inn, where Billie and Preston go, is actually The Tack Room, also in Tucson which was, at the time, a 5-star restaurant. See more »

Goofs

As Guthrie Brought Her OH-58 Kiowa Helicopter Up To Peek Over The Rim Of The Ridge, As She Did An MD 500 Helicopter Was Seen On Her Video Monitor. In The Next Scene The MD 500 Helicopter Was Gone And Replaced With A UH-1 Helicopter. See more »

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Jake Preston: Time to throw the dog a bone, Breaker.
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White Flag
Written by David Young and Michael Sherwood
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It was a good try......
3 January 1999 | by bitsybugSee all my reviews

This movie should have been good. But it wasn't. With both Tommy Lee Jones and Nicolas Cage, you would expect great things. But you don't get them. The part of Billie was terribly miscast. The special effects during flights were good but towards the end when the camp is bombed, it looks too much like special effects. I got no sense of realism at all. I would only recommend this incredibly slow moving movie when either you have seen everything else in the rental place or your only other choice is Spice World.


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