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Wing Commander (1999)

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Blair, a fighter pilot, joins an interstellar war to fight the evil Kilrathi who are trying to destroy the universe.

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Chris Roberts

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Chris Roberts (characters), Chris Roberts (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Lt. Christopher Blair
Saffron Burrows ... Lt. Cdr. 'Angel' Deveraux
Matthew Lillard ... Lt. Todd 'Maniac' Marshall
Tchéky Karyo ... Commodore James 'Paladin' Taggart
Jürgen Prochnow ... Cdr. Paul Gerald
David Suchet ... Capt. Jason Sansky
David Warner ... Admiral Geoffrey Tolwyn
Ginny Holder Ginny Holder ... Lt. Rosie Forbes
Hugh Quarshie ... Lt. Obutu
Ken Bones ... Admiral Bill Wilson
John McGlynn ... Richard Bellegarde
Richard Dillane ... Lt. Hunter
Mark Powley Mark Powley ... Lt. Polanski
David Fahm David Fahm ... Lt. Knight
Simon MacCorkindale ... Flight Boss (as Simon McCorkindale)
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Storyline

In the mid-27th century, the Terran Confederation is at war with the felinoid Kilrathi Empire. After destroying a Terran base, the Kilrathi have seized a NAVCOM unit with the hyperspace jump coordinates to Earth. With Terran reinforcements scheduled to arrive two hours after the Kilrathi hit Earth, it falls upon the starfighter carrier TCS Tiger Claw to keep the Kilrathi busy. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Gear up. Lock on. Strike back. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual references and sci-fi action/violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cesaret kanatlari See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg, Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,114,365, 14 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,576,087, 30 May 1999
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Goofs

There's no reference to Blair losing/not wearing his Pilgrim Cross, but he says he doesn't have it when he's asked to jump into Sol to warn the fleet. (In a scene that was deleted, he killed Admiral Wilson aboard the ConCom with the cross and left it with the body.) See more »

Quotes

[after Rosie completes a barrel roll the second before landing]
Maniac: Now that was a sweet 360!
Rosie Forbes: Actually, that was a 540.
Maniac: Did you just do that to impress me?
Rosie Forbes: I'm just trying to redirect some of that testosterone. You're a total... Maniac.
Maniac: [salutes] Todd "Maniac" Marshall, at your service, ma'am!
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Alternate Versions

Adding to the traitor subplot, Captain Sansky was also supposed to be the traitor aboard the Tiger Claw. In the end he was to have committed suicide rather then be caught. But when the entire subplot was cut, the film was re-edited so that it looked as if Sansky died from the head injury recieved earlier See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (1996) See more »

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Cross the Line
Written by Chris Andrews, Ashley Bates and Mau
Performed by Cuba
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A fun ride, not a serious one. A must for all fans of the game.
14 March 2004 | by morbelleSee all my reviews

The film has been critically panned and it bombed at the cinemas. But it's actually a pretty good film. Yes it isn't technically the best, nor is it scientifically plausible. And for devotees of the games it kinda screws with history, but for all that it is a good ride. You watch it and appreciate it. Saffron Burrows is great. David Warner and David Suchet excel in their (small) roles. It's a shame John Rhys-Davis and Mark Hamill don't reprise their roles, but their replacements do well enough.

You get caught up in the story, and the visual effects are fantastic, aided by good acting with the actors working well together.

So overall I would recommend this film. Don't expect it to be fantastic, but just enjoy it. It's a fun film and a worthy addition to Wing Commander lore.


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