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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

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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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.

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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18 January 1991 (USA)  »

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Apostoli thanatou  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$14,587,732
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The final theatrical film directed by John Milius. See more »

Goofs

The North Vietnamese are seen using the ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" anti-aircraft artillery system. The Shilka was not used by the North Vietnamese until 1975 and it only saw combat during the Invasion of South Vietnam in any numbers. See more »

Quotes

[at the bar in Po city]
Lt. Jake Grafton: "Fighter pukes make movies. Bomber pilots make... HISTORY!"
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Featured in Hot Shots! (1991) See more »

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Last Date
Written and performed by Floyd Cramer
Courtesy of Step One Records
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Very Good Film
22 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

Brad Johnson's line, "fighter pilots make movies, bomber pilots make history." is very true. The A6 Intruder is one of the unsung heros of the Vietnam War. This bird served as the Navy's primary attack aircraft from the early sixties until very recently when its role was taken over by the F-14 and F/A-18. It is very refreshing to see a movie about the more glamorless aircraft in the inventory. The reason that people don't like this movie is REALISM! It isn't about dashing "Top Guns" going Mach 2. It is about the guys that had to dump the bombs from very low altitude and hope they get back home. These guys were exposed to EVERYTHING! It was dangerous work. It still is dangerous work. Army attack chopper pilots and Navy/Marine/Air Force attack bombers pilots are the guys that put it on the line everytime they fly; either in combat or in peacetime.


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