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Flight of the Intruder (1991)

During the air war over Vietnam, a U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Commander Frank Camparelli
... Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole
... Lt. Jake' Cool Hand' Grafton
... Callie
... Boxman
... Lt. Cmdr. 'Cowboy' Parker
Jared Chandler ... Lt. J.G. Jack 'Razor' Barlow
... Mad Jack
... 'Cag'
... McRae
... Lt. J.G. Morgan McPherson
... Guffy
Scott N. Stevens ... Hardesty (as Scott Newton Stevens)
Justin Williams ... Sammy
... Big Augie
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After his bombardier is killed, Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton (Brad Johnson)', a carrier-based Intruder pilot, questions the purpose of Navy bombing missions. He finds an ally for his cynicism in Virgil Cole, a bombardier on his third tour of duty, and together they ponder the notion of one unsanctioned mission "downtown", to "Sam City" in North Vietnam. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The only thing they can count on is each other.

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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18 January 1991 (USA)  »

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Apostoli thanatou  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,725,133, 21 January 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,587,732
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The shots outside, during the hearing in Subic Bay, Philippines, were actually filmed at Naval Station Long Beach. U.S.S. Sides (FFG-14) can be clearly seen nested with other modern frigates. The benches were part of a small park for sailors to relax without leaving the base. See more »

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When Grafton suggests that Camparelli may someday become an Admiral, Camparelli responds, "Ever seen a Black man who's an Admiral?" In fact, in 1971, just one year before the events of this film, Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. became the Navy's first African American Rear Admiral. Though Admiral Gravely was a Surface Warfare Officer, and not an Aviator, Camparelli would've no-doubt been aware of his promotion to Rear Admiral, as it was big news for the Armed Forces. See more »

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Court-Martial Captain: You took an oath, Mr. Cole. You, too, Mr. Grafton. You took an oath to defend the constitution and obey the orders of the officers appointed over you. It's the same oath that every officer in the navy has taken for damn near 200 years. And during all that time, the military has obeyed the civilian elected government. Now, they might not have always been right, or wise... or even smart, but they were elected. Any other way and the United States would be nothing more than another two-bit military...
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References Cool Hand Luke (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Will You Love Me Tomorrow
by Carole King & Gerry Goffin
Performed by Roberta Flack
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Underrated and under-appreciated.
18 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I can't understand why TopGun is so hyped yet nobody has even heard about this movie? Sure its not as glamorous or stylish but it is far more realistic. Perhaps some people just don't consider the old A-6 Intruder bomber as glamorous as an F-14 Tomcat fighter? Unlike Topgun, this movie is faithful to facts and the footage is much much better. The combat scenes are brilliant and the way they show the intensity of anti-aircraft artillery and machine gun fire from the ground really illustrates the difficulties of air warfare. Also unlike Topgun, where the MiGs were fake aircraft and really American F-5s, the MiGs in this movie were real MiGs. So were the SA-2 Divinia SAMs that were fired by the thousands. The combat and dogfight scenes were far more realistic than topgun even if they looked a bit less flashy.

This movie is a real gem and a must see for anybody interested in aviation or war related movies. If you are clueless about aviation and just want a no brain entertainer, stick to topgun.


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