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Iron Eagle (1986)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller, War | 17 January 1986 (USA)
A young pilot plans a rescue mission when his father, an Air Force Colonel, is shot down over enemy territory and captured.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Kevin Alyn Elders (as Kevin Elders), Sidney J. Furie

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Col. Charles 'Chappy' Sinclair
Jason Gedrick ... Doug Masters
David Suchet ... Minister of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh
Larry B. Scott ... Reggie
Caroline Lagerfelt ... Elizabeth Masters
Jerry Levine ... Tony
Robbie Rist ... Milo Bazen
Michael Bowen ... Knotcher
Robert Jayne ... Matthew 'Matt' Masters (as Bobby Jacoby)
Melora Hardin ... Katie
David Greenlee David Greenlee ... Kingsley
Michael Alldredge ... Col. Blackburn
Lance LeGault ... General Edwards (as Lance Le Gault)
Tim Thomerson ... Col. Ted Masters
Tom Fridley ... Brillo
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Storyline

When Doug's father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state, no one seems able to get him out. Doug finds Chappy, an Air Force Colonel who is intrigued by the idea of sending in two fighters piloted by himself and Doug to rescue Doug's father after bombing the MiG base. Their only problems: Borrowing two fighters, getting them from California to the Mediteranean without anyone noticing, and Doug's inability to hit anything unless he has music playing. Then come the minor problems of the state's air defenses. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Doug is 18. Raised on an air base and born to fly. His father has been shot down 6000 miles away, and has been sentenced to death... for the crime of being an American. Everyone's telling Doug to sit tight and wait. Everyone but Retired Air Force Colonel Chappy Sinclair. They know what they have to do. And they've "borrowed" a pair of F-16s to do it. For them, waiting time is over. See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Israel | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der stählerne Adler See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramat David Air Base, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,104,754, 19 January 1986

Gross USA:

$24,159,872
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During "The Snake Scene" in which Doug Masters races his Cessna 150 against a motorcycle-riding Knotcher, the pilot of the Cessna 150 Aerobat was renowned aerobatic pilot Art Scholl, who was killed later that year when his Pitts S-2 camera plane crashed while filming in-cockpit footage for the flat spin sequence in Top Gun (1986). See more »

Goofs

Several enlisted personnel, including Hazel the administrative sergeant and the maintenance supervisor in the hangar, appear to be grossly above Air Force body fat standards and do not project a professional appearance. See more »

Quotes

Col. Nakesh: Give the American his final meal. After tomorrow, he will not have much of an appetite.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are yellow over a blue background, as opposed to the normal white over a black background. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)
Written by Duane Hitchings and Jake Hooker
Performed by King Kobra
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Iron Eagle
19 March 2006 | by aaronspencergraceSee all my reviews

Back in 1986 I was a sixteen year old boy, when I first saw this film, I thought back then that this movie was one of the coolest I've ever seen. Just the other night at a friends house, my friend said "how about a trip down old memory lane", he busted out an old dusty VHS tape and I could see it was the original Iron Eagle movie. He slapped it into his VCR and off we went. Now I am a 36 year old man, not the boy I was many years ago. As I watched the film, I could see flaws in detail, flaws in the special effects and a corny script and plot line. Now don't get me wrong, it's still a good film, if you are like stuck in the 80's! The only true thing I could get into with this film was the pretty good soundtrack. I am a big fan of the rock group Queen, they made parts of this film good enough to at least sit tight and watch. Good film back in the days, good film now, just a whole lot of corny! "Thank you for your time" Aaron Grace


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