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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.

Director:

John Milius

Writers:

Stephen Coonts (novel), Robert Dillon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Commander Frank Camparelli
Willem Dafoe ... Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole
Brad Johnson ... Lt. Jake' Cool Hand' Grafton
Rosanna Arquette ... Callie
Tom Sizemore ... Boxman
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Lt. Cmdr. 'Cowboy' Parker
Jared Chandler Jared Chandler ... Lt. J.G. Jack 'Razor' Barlow
Dann Florek ... Mad Jack
Madison Mason ... 'Cag'
Ving Rhames ... McRae
Christopher Rich ... Lt. J.G. Morgan McPherson
Douglas Roberts ... Guffy
Scott N. Stevens Scott N. Stevens ... Hardesty (as Scott Newton Stevens)
Justin Williams Justin Williams ... Sammy
John Corbett ... Big Augie
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apostoli thanatou See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,725,133, 21 January 1991

Gross USA:

$14,587,732

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,587,732
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Danny Glover and Willem Dafoe would later appear in Manderlay (2005). See more »

Goofs

Several of the ships seen in the background for the Subic Bay scene did not exist or were not in service during the Vietnam War. Those ships include the USS Sides (FFG-14), USS Peleliu (LHA-5), which weren't built yet, and the USS Missouri (BB-63) which was still mothballed at the time. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Grafton: Well, this is the end of Devil Five- O - Five. Say goodbye, asshole! Eject, eject, eject!
Cole: Goodbye Asshole!
Cole: [Cole and Grafton punch out]
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Connections

Featured in We Were Soldiers (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The Magic Moment
by Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman
Performed by Jay and the Americans (as Jay & the Americans)
Courtesy of EMI, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
By arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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Not as bad as others seem to think
2 February 2007 | by jrnormanSee all my reviews

Watch this movie for the flying scenes! It has some the very best shots of an Intruder still or in flight. This aircraft is now out of service with the Navy except as a fueler but I can testify that this aircraft is down right dominating and scary to anyone on the ground when they make a low level pass and this movie captured it all!

That said, I read the book too and yes it is a lot different from the book but then most movies are. The question is does it conform to the spirit of the movie and Flight of the Intruder is close. It does take some short cuts which are even more obvious to a Navy vet but over all, this is one of my favorite Vietnam War movies and about the only one that gives a decent treatment to the carrier pilots.

The romantic part is not much and probably left in to keep it from not having any attractive females but it sure is not needed for dramatic effect.

The political and legal junk is really over blown and trite but if sufficient detail were included the movie would have been 3 hours long.

It is a good "Tiger flick" (war movie) for a rainy day and it has an honored place in my DVD collection!


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