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Les chevaliers du ciel (2005)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Action | 9 November 2005 (France)
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 ... 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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

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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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because of the strict rules prohibiting jet aircraft (and in particular, fighter jets) from flying over Paris airspace, director Gérard Pirès got permission to shoot the film's climactic final sequences over Paris on only a single day, Bastille Day (July 14th), with an additional rehearsal day on July 12th. Because of bad weather, the July 12th rehearsal had to be canceled, thus forcing the crew to rehearse and film everything over a critical few hours on the 14th. Although all of the most important shots were achieved on the 14th, a small propeller plane was brought in for some additional footage of the ground later on, and the film was sped up by 4 times to match that shot by the Mirage 2000 camera perfectly. In addition, all of the footage shot from the ground of the planes during the final sequences was filmed on Bastille Day, the only time in the entire year that the French government proudly displays its military forces in the capital. The military parade shown in the film is the largest in France held on Bastille Day, and it is held on the Avenue Champs-Élysées, near the Arc de Triomphe. See more »

Goofs

When attacking the desert airbase in the recaptured Mirage 2000D, Capitaine Antoine "Walk'n" Marchelli (Benoît Magimel) fires a Matra 550 Magic IR AAM from the port outer pylon, which destroys a refuelling truck on the ground and the captured Mirage 2000-5 it is refuelling. In the next few shots the Mirage 2000D still has a Magic on the port outer pylon. See more »

Connections

Version of Les nouveaux chevaliers du ciel (1988) See more »

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Breathtaking and spectacular dogfighting by a crack fighter pilots
15 January 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film deals about a pair braves pilots, a young studs, on the ground and in the air, the captain Antoine Walk Marchelli(Benoit Maginel) and captain Fahrenheit(Clovis Cornillac), both commanding a Mirage fighter jets. They're assigned to locate an aircraft flying behind a commercial plane. The rare aircraft shots and the Marchelli's jet spontaneously shot, saving his pal. Meanwhile the French High Command orders recruiting pilots team with his American counterparts, a women pilots, on a flight missions. However captain Antoine is accused and dismissed from the Air Force, being forced to work in commercial aviation. But they return to Air Force on a secret mission. They fly to Middle East in order to vanquish American F-14 Fighter, but they are been taken prisoners.

This is a overwhelming comic-book with suspense, dogfighting with spectacular flight scenes and some commercial elements, like the catching music . Full of French jingoist ideals, dubious ethics and crack fighter pilots . The film moves like a supersonic bullet for most of its running time and the last generation Jets steal the show. Contrived beyond belief with spectacular dogfights that play like video games, but slickly calculated to please 2000s audiences. The movie follows the wake of ¨Top Gun, Iron Eagle I and sequels¨. Agreeable casting, though unknown, exception to Benoit Maginel with various success(Crimson Rivers 2, Flower of evil, Nest and Piano player) and Phippe Torreton(Captain Conan, Cursed monarchy, All starts today) as Bertrand. The motion picture is professionally directed by Gerad Pires, a director and writer with wide and long career since the 70s(Agression), until today(Riders, Taxi). Rating : Acceptable and passable, no boring , but is quite entertaining.


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