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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 »

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Capitaine Antoine "Walk'n" Marchelli
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Capitaine Sébastien "Fahrenheit" Vallois
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Maelle Coste
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Capitaine Estelle 'Pitbull' Kass
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Bertrand
Rey Reyes ...
Capitaine Leslie 'Stardust' Hedget
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Général Buchanan
Jean-Baptiste Puech ...
Ipod
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Stan
Fiona Curzon ...
Mrs Redgrave
Jean-Michel Tinivelli ...
Colonel Farje
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Général Hardouin
Eric Poulain ...
Capitaine Klébér
Pierre Poirot ...
De Séze
Jean-Yves Chilot ...
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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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'Top Gun' for a new generation.

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Adventure | Action

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9 November 2005 (France)  »

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Sky Fighters  »

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€20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,712,896 (France) (11 November 2005)
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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

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mediocre movie, but on of the best for the genre
30 December 2006 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

The storyline was nice, had a few little twists and You don't neccesarly find out the whole plot within the first few minutes. The air scenes are very, very good, probably within the best of all movies that feature some air combat.

As the movie often gets compared to Top Gun: well, if You found Top Gun a bit plot less, a bit boring, a bit too much romance and the fighting very, very lame, then You'll definitely enjoy this movie. Sky fighters is about 70% air combat, 25% story and 5% romance. I dimly remember the soundtrack was real good too.

It would probably be a mistake to bring along Your girlfriend.


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