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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 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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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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Action | Adventure

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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

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 »

Quotes

Jake Preston: I AM THE GREATEST!
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Connections

Spoofed in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) See more »

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Find A Way To My Heart
Written and Performed by Phil Collins
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by Arrangement with Warner Special Products / Virgin Records Limited
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Top Guns wannabe
2 August 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee 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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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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