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Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1996)

It is several years after the end of mankind's war against the Kilrathi. Col. Christopher Blair is called back into active duty by the Terran Confederation to help stop acts of terrorism ... See full summary »

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Chris Roberts
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Hamill ... Col. Christopher Blair
Malcolm McDowell ... Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn
John Rhys-Davies ... Senator James 'Paladin' Taggart
Jason Bernard ... Capt. William Eisen
Thomas F. Wilson ... Maj. Todd 'Maniac' Marshall (as Tom Wilson)
Robert Rusler ... Seether
Mark Dacascos ... 2nd Lt. Troy 'Catscratch' Carter
Holly Gagnier ... 1st Lt. Velina Sosa
François Chau ... Lt. Winston 'Vagabond' Chang
Chris Mulkey ... Col. Jacob 'Hawk' Manley
Elizabeth Barondes ... Col. Tamara 'Panther' Farnsworth (as Elizabeth Barones)
Jeremy Roberts ... Lt. Col. Gash Dekker
Richard Riehle ... Chief Technician Robert 'Pliers' Sykes
Peter Jason ... Vice Admiral Daniel Wilford
John Spencer ... Capt. Hugh Paulsen
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Storyline

It is several years after the end of mankind's war against the Kilrathi. Col. Christopher Blair is called back into active duty by the Terran Confederation to help stop acts of terrorism that appear to be taking place against Confed by Border Worlds forces. But it soon becomes clear that the enemy may not be them at all when Blair and several of his friends defect to Border Worlds forces to try to find out who the real culprits are and to prevent the Confederation and the Border Worlds from entering into the chaos of an intergalactic war.... Written by Michael Ducharme <ducharme@escape.ca>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Origin Systems Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the star systems in the game are named after characters in Greek mythology, such as Nephele, Silenus, Orestes, Peleus, Circe, Telamon, Axius, Ella and Talos. As for some of the others, Tyr is the Norse god of war, Hellespont was the ancient Greek name for the Dardanelles strait and Callimachus was an ancient Greek poet. See more »

Goofs

Blair says "We represent the Union of Border Worlds and Rear Admiral Wilford" instead of Vice Admiral Wilford in the cutscene that plays if the player chooses to fly to Telamon using a Vindicator rather than a Dragon. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Tolwyn: [Tolwyn is giving his final address to the Confederation Assembly before the vote on the declaration of war against the Border Worlds] A formal declaration of war is a very terrible thing. It should not be undertaken unless all options have been exhausted. I'm afraid to report to you that that is the case. We did not fight the Kilrathi for decades just to have an infection hollow us out from the inside. If there is a cancer amongst us, we must cut it out now! I urge you to vote yes on this ...
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Alternate Versions

After destroying or disabling the Lexington, we see a cut scene of Seether and Captain Paulson escaping in a shuttle. On the original PC six disc release we get a close up of Seether cutting Paulson's throat. However, on the Playstation and DVD version we get an alternate take where Paulson's 'execution' takes place just out of view. Also, Seether tells Paulson to "Stop whining" in this alternate take. The original close up take is viewable on the DVD version by accessing the video file directly on the DVD disc. See more »

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Greatness only gets better!!
1 September 2002 | by starwarstrek-1See all my reviews

Wing Commander III: Heart Of The Tiger was quite a new and unique video gaming experience. It combined the graphics and playability of a video game with the sensibilities, style, drama, and live-action performers of any Hollywood movie. And, guess what? It worked, to great effect! So, how do you improve upon perfection itself? Simple. You make everything bigger, better, and, in the case of the live-action elements, more realistic and film-like! First off, let's talk about the live-action. WC3's live-action scenes simply had the actors and actresses filmed against green-screen. The CGI-created sets were added later on in post-production. Because of this process, the film camera had to be locked down to the studio floor all of the time. In other words, the live-action scenes had no camera-movements whatsoever. In Wing Commander IV: The Price Of Freedom, director Chris Roberts has taken care of both of these minor problems by fully utilizing real, and in some cases impressive, sets this time. He sure uses his newfound camera-movements to great effect, too. He zooms in and out on his actors, he pans all around his sets in some shots, he follows his actors around the sets using hand-held cameras. He even threw in a few dolly and crane shots just for fun. He also knows a good thing when he sees it, too, because he managed to bring back almost all of the actors who were in WC3, including Mark Hamill, Thomas F. Wilson, Malcolm McDowell, and the great John Rhys-Davies. If you enjoyed Wing Commander III, then chances are you'll enjoy Wing Commander IV just as well, or maybe even more! It is currently available for both PC and PlayStation. I personally would recommend the PlayStation version, since the graphics and live-action video are much more cleaner and clearer than the PC version. Buy this game, and have fun! That's an order, Colonel!


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