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Tactical Assault (1998)

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A deranged Air Force pilot seeks to destroy the life of his former commander, who shot him down during the Gulf War to stop him from shooting on unauthorized and civilian targets.


Mark Griffiths


David Golden





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Capt. John 'Doc' Holiday
Robert Patrick ... Col. Lee Banning
Isabel Glasser ... Jennifer Banning
Dey Young ... Dr. Baxter
Ken Howard ... General Horace White
Barry Zetlin Barry Zetlin ... AWACS Controller
Harri James Harri James ... Enlisted Woman
Tam Logan Tam Logan ... Lt. Conklin
Wendy Benson-Landes ... Maureen (as Wendy Benson)
Frank Moran Frank Moran ... Irish Setter
Bruce Anderson Bruce Anderson ... Lt. Roberts
Michael W. Mitchell Michael W. Mitchell ... Hawk (as Mike Mitchell)
David Kadas David Kadas ... Dutchman
John Nadler John Nadler ... Scout
Richard Langan ... Cougar


A deranged Air Force pilot seeks to destroy the life of his former commander, who shot him down during the Gulf War to stop him from shooting on unauthorized and civilian targets. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Every war has its secrets. This one's about to explode.


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and violence | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The truck used to carry the missiles - when Captain John "Doc" Holiday (Rutger Hauer) climbs in - was a Romanian made military truck (D.A.C.). See more »


Toward the end of the opening credits, the general sits at a desk to read a confidential memo. The last visible line of the memo says "This report covers an investigation into the events and circumstances regarding the downing of Capt. John Holiday on 04SEP1997." But the top of the memo carries the date: 12 DEC 1991 See more »


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Dead Calm meets Death Race 2000...
18 October 2000 | by degraciaSee all my reviews

The late 1990s seems to be packed with dozens of low-budget, aerial action combat movies, in the same way that Top Gun generated a wave of wanna-be movies (e.g., "Iron Eagle," "Into The Sun," "Flight of Black Angel," etc.) after its release in the 80s. "Tactical Assault" is just one of those military movies that hits the viewer with standard issue plot and an incredibly inconsistent storyline. It almost makes the low-budget Dolph Lundgren movies look good by comparison. Basically the story of "Tactical Assault" revolves around one insane Airforce officer (Holiday) attempting to inflict his anger and revenge on another (Banning), all while a military operation rages on in Eastern Europe. It's basically the air-to-air version of "Dead Calm" combined with "Death Race 2000" in a sense. This movie is essentially insanity bordering on comedy. The funniest scene is in the end where Colonel Banning says "hey, it's just a civillian vehicle" about a dozen times to Captain Holiday who's about to 'accidentally' destroy a white, American cadillac driving haphazardly down a road. The only redeeming value to this movie is Robert Patrick, who does a surprisingly good job as the hunted Colonel Banning.

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Release Date:

7 April 1998 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Aeromahia See more »

Filming Locations:

Budapest, Hungary See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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