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Surface to Air (1998)

R | | Action, War | 20 July 1999 (USA)
Two brothers, one Navy and the other a Marine, travel to the Persian Gulf to sort out an Iraqi terrorist situation. When one brother is shot down behind enemy lines, the other defies orders... See full summary »


Rodney McDonald


Tony Giglio (screenplay), Rodney McDonald (story)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen ... Gunnery Sgt. Zach Massin
Chad McQueen ... Lt. Dylan 'Raven' Massin
Melanie Shatner Melanie Shatner ... Lt. Lori 'Dakota' Forrester
Teri Fruichantie ... Clarissa Massin (as Teri Thompson)
Larry Thomas ... Colonel Mustafa Kahlid
Herb Mitchell ... General Davis
Matthew R. Anderson Matthew R. Anderson ... Captain Russell (as Matthew Anderson)
Beau Billingslea ... Captain Wallace
Greg Collins ... Major Canton
Ken Duncan Ken Duncan ... Captain Roundtree
Judson Mills ... Knuckler
Mathew St. Patrick ... Quinland
Michael Saad Michael Saad ... Hassem (as Mike Saad)
James Black ... Captain Slocomb
Wil Bowers ... Floodgate


Two brothers, one Navy and the other a Marine, travel to the Persian Gulf to sort out an Iraqi terrorist situation. When one brother is shot down behind enemy lines, the other defies orders to rescue him. But a death squad of Iraqi soldiers is following close behind him. Written by Anonymous

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Two brothers, one Navy, the other a Marine


Action | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »






Release Date:

20 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csapásra készen See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


Lt. Dylan 'Raven' Massin: I got myself a souvenir, a nice hunk of metal.
Gunnery Sergeant Zach Massin: Clink!
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Referenced in Flight of Fury (2007) See more »

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Cheap military actioner.
10 August 2015 | by DigitalRevenantX7See all my reviews

When a rogue band of Iraqi soldiers begin an offensive close to the northern border, the US military sends in an aircraft carrier to monitor the situation. Brothers Zach & Dylan Massin, who both despise each other, are thrown together by fate. When Dylan's fighter jet is shot down over the hot zone, Zach (who is a Marine) goes in to rescue his brother & co-pilot.

Another of the numerous military-themed actioners from 1990s' B-grade studio Royal Oaks, Surface to Air is probably one of the weakest. The threat has not been properly written in – it is never clear why the Iraqi soldiers are doing in the area, with one scene suggesting that they were ordered to attack the area, while another contradicts this & suggests an attempted coup. But this pales in comparison to the generic plot given to it. Royal Oaks has probably had some kind of deal with the US military in order to make these films, judging by the sheer number they put out during the decade. Whatever the case, Surface to Air is pretty poor. The only thing that makes the film worth a once-over is probably the impressive stock footage of the military in action.

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