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Les chevaliers du ciel (2005)

While in an international fair of exhibition of airplanes, a French Mirage 2000 of the last generation vanishes and pilots Antoine "Walk'n" Marchelli and Sebastian "Fahrenheit" Vallois are ... See full summary »

Director:

Gérard Pirès

Writers:

Gilles Malençon (adaptation), Gilles Malençon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benoît Magimel ... Capitaine Antoine "Walk'n" Marchelli
Clovis Cornillac ... Capitaine Sébastien "Fahrenheit" Vallois
Géraldine Pailhas ... Maelle Coste
Alice Taglioni ... Capitaine Estelle 'Pitbull' Kass
Philippe Torreton ... Bertrand
Rey Reyes Rey Reyes ... Capitaine Leslie 'Stardust' Hedget
Peter Hudson ... Général Buchanan
Jean-Baptiste Puech Jean-Baptiste Puech ... Ipod
Christophe Reymond Christophe Reymond ... Stan
Fiona Curzon Fiona Curzon ... Mrs Redgrave
Jean-Michel Tinivelli Jean-Michel Tinivelli ... Colonel Farje
Frédéric van den Driessche ... Général Hardouin
Eric Poulain Eric Poulain ... Capitaine Klébér
Pierre Poirot Pierre Poirot ... De Séze
Jean-Yves Chilot Jean-Yves Chilot ... Houdon
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While in an international fair of exhibition of airplanes, a French Mirage 2000 of the last generation vanishes and pilots Antoine "Walk'n" Marchelli and Sebastian "Fahrenheit" Vallois are assigned to locate the plane that is flying in a hiding position below a commercial airplane. The pilots order the Mirage to return to the base, but the Mirage attacks Fahrenheit instead, and Walk'n immediately shots the Mirage saving his partner. However, the evidences are forged by the leader of a force called "Special Missions" and Walk'n is falsely accused of not following the orders and discharged from the air force. Blacklisted in the commercial flight companies, Walk'n and Fahrenheit are pressed to join the Special Missions team, where they disclose betrayals in a net of espionage. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

'Top Gun' for a new generation.

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Adventure | Action

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Arabic

Release Date:

9 November 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Sky Fighters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,712,896 (France), 11 November 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Working in cooperation with the French Air Force, director Gérard Pirès was able to get some of France's top gun pilots to do the aeronautic dogfights that were used in the film. Initially at the start of the shoot, the Air Force had some particular rules regarding the minimum distances the aircraft could be together or be above the ground, but by the end of principle photography, the daring pilots got permission to bend the normal safety rules, thus allowing them to do maneuvers normally never seen (or possible) outside of actual combat. By the final days of filming, the initial minimum distance the pilots could fly above the ground (500 feet) had dropped to a tiny 10 feet, and the distance between the planes in the air (a varying range, usually of several hundred feet) had been reduced to a minuscule 3 feet, thus allowing some amazing shots that could otherwise never have been pulled off. See more »

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Airliner seen in first air combat scene is Airbus of manufacturers (EADS) own fleet. It's paint scheme is modified with CGI, but graphic artists didn't "repaint" it completely and it's original colors can be seen in wing as reflection. See more »

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Far better than Top Gun
11 November 2005 | by geocedSee all my reviews

I just saw this movie and I really enjoyed it ! I don't remember exactly the plot of Top Gun (maybe because there wasn't one ;-) ) but I'm sure that this movie is much better than Top Gun. (And no, I'm not saying that because I'm European !) Why ? First because it has an outstanding cinematography : the landscapes are various (the Alps, the sea, the desert and even Paris) and beautifully caught by the camera : they never shot anything if there wasn't the kind of clouds they wanted for example !

The best aspect of this movie is without any doubt the formidable camera angles. In Top Gun they mostly used cameras on the ground and special effects for the cockpit scenes. In this movie everything is shot from five cameras in a modified pod on a jet fighter and the result is absolutely breathtaking ! The technique they used to shot the actors in the cockpit is not the same as the Tony Scott film : in Top Gun it's the camera that rotates around the actor, in this movie the actors and the camera were on some kind of elevator with an articulated arm that can rotates in all directions, so that they were upside down and shaken like in a simulator ! The result is way more convincing and believable after the blue screen is replaced with the superb images.

The plot is also quite good, although it's still an action movie ! There's a lot of humor and the cast delivers a good performance... And finally, the soundtrack is always well chosen : The ambient, mood music beautifully reinforces the feeling of lightness and calm when the planes are flying high in the clouds, and on the other hand the rock music matches perfectly with the thrilling dogfight scenes ! What else do you ask to that kind of movie ? For me the only problem is the end, (wich I will not disclose here) : in my opinion it's too abrupt, I was expecting something bigger and longer... But it's still a good one.

Overall, a good movie for everyone : 8 out of 10 !


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