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Afterburn (1992)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 30 May 1992
Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T.... See full summary »

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Robert Markowitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Dern ... Janet Harduvel
Robert Loggia ... Leo Morrone
Vincent Spano ... Ted Harduvel
Michael Rooker ... Casey 'Z' Zankowski
Welker White ... Mary Sciales
Richard Jenkins ... Acton Ryder
Andy Romano ... Dr. Carl Haller
Basil Wallace ... Terry North
Gary Basaraba ... Bill Decker
Dion Anderson ... Col. Hewson
Kasi Lemmons ... Carol North
Daniel Benzali ... Col. John Patterson
Cassy Friel Cassy Friel ... Kiki Harduval
Christopher John Fields Christopher John Fields ... Charlie Reeves
Lewis Dix Jr. ... Joe
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Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T. Harduvel was one of the best F-16 pilots the U.S. had to offer. After much digging, Janet Harduvel discovers a joint military and General Dynamic cover-up. She proves to be unwavering in her search for the truth to clear his name. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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He Risked His Life Flying An F-16 - Now She Risks It All To Fight For His Name. See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alas de justicia See more »

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Dolby SR

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Color
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Goofs

The tail codes on the F-16s, which the Air Force uses to identify the base from which an aircraft flies, constantly change in flight on what is supposed to be the same aircraft. In some shots, the jets are correctly identified with a "WP" tail code for Kunsan Air Base, Korea, the base at which Capt. Ted Harduvel was assigned at the time of his accident. In other shots, the same aircraft is incorrectly identified with a "WA" tail code. This is the tail code for Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, which had no part in the story of this film. See more »

Quotes

Janet Harduvel: [At Ted Harduvel's gravesite] I know it wasn't Ted's fault. I'm not coming back here until I prove it.
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Crazy Credits

On appeal, the court ruled that although Janet Harduvel had presented substantial evidence of design defect in the F-16, General Dynamics was protected from liability as a government contractor. Accordingly, the $3.1 million damage award was overturned. Ted Harduvel's name remains clear. To date, more than 140 F-16s have crashed from a variety of causes. More than 40 pilots have died. The Air Force maintains that the F-16 is "the safest single engine fighter of all time". Janet Harduvel is continuing her legal battle against General Dynamics. See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny Come Back
Written by Donald Markowitz (ASCAP)
Performed by Robbyn Kirmsse
Published by Virgin Music, Inc. / Strongbow Music California & Donald Joy Music Ltd.
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based on a true story
2 February 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Based on a true story, "Afterburn" is about Janet Harduvel (Laura Dern), whose husband, Captain Theodore Harduvel, flew F-16s. When he is killed, supposedly due to pilot error, Harduvel sets out to clear his name, as her husband was one of the best pilots ever. She wants to prove that there was a malfunction of the new plane that was being covered up by the government, the Air Force, and the manufacturer, General Dynamics - and that it had been the cause of death for other pilots.

She seeks out an attorney (Robert Loggia) who agrees to take her case.

This isn't a typical made-for-TV movie, as it was produced by HBO, and is therefore a cut above. Laura Dern does an excellent job as the widow. Worth seeing.


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