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Bat*21 (1988)

R | | Drama, War | 21 October 1988 (USA)
During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues.

Director:

Peter Markle

Writers:

William C. Anderson (book), William C. Anderson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Lt. Colonel Iceal Hambleton
Danny Glover ... Captain Bartholomew Clark
Jerry Reed ... Colonel George Walker
David Marshall Grant ... Ross Carver
Clayton Rohner ... Sgt. Harley Rumbaugh
Erich Anderson ... Major Jake Scott
Joe Dorsey ... Colonel Douglass
Michael Ng Michael Ng ... Vietnamese Man (as Rev. Michael Ng)
Theodore Chan Woei-Shyong Theodore Chan Woei-Shyong ... Boy on Bridge
Don Ruffin ... Helicopter Crew
Scott Howell Scott Howell ... Helicopter Crew
Michael Raden Michael Raden ... Helicopter Crew
Timothy Fitzgerald Timothy Fitzgerald ... EB-66 Officer
Stuart B. Hagen Stuart B. Hagen ... EB-66 Officer (as Stuart Hagen)
Jeffrey Baxter Jeffrey Baxter ... Helicopter Gunner (as Jeff Baxter)
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Storyline

Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a temporary shortage of helicopters causes a delay. Working with an Air Force reconnaissance pilot, Capt. Bartholomew Clark, he maps out an escape route based on golf courses he has played. Along the way however, he has to face enemy forces and the death of some of his fellow soldiers. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines:

Trapped behind enemy lines. A whole army after him... And only one man can save him.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bat 21 See more »

Filming Locations:

Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$3,966,256

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,300,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Danny Glover is 7 years older than his character's age. See more »

Goofs

As Hambleton walks around the side of the Vietnamese farmers dwelling, he scares a chicken. A length of string can clearly be seen tied to the chicken's leg and is pulled by a crew member off screen in order to panic the bird. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Bartholomew Clark: Let's get the basic relationship down... I'm the lifeguard, you're the drowning man. If you relax, I can bring you to shore. If you fight me, then I'll have to slap you around.
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Referenced in Behind Enemy Lines (2001) See more »

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Bat 21
20 February 2005 | by trevor_t1See all my reviews

An excellent movie with Danny Glover and Gene Hackman. Ironic that Col. Hambleton was born in Rossville, Il. and Gene Hackman grew up in Danville, Il. just a short distance away. Mr. Hackman has returned in past to Danville several times and is well know. I did not know Mr. Hackman, but attended schools with a few of his relatives from the Boiling Springs Area. While to movie shows only a few days, it was actually over 11 1/2 days from the ejection from his aircraft and the rescue by river. It still remains the largest rescue in Air Force History. He was actually met on the river by Lt. Norris (who received the Medal of Honr for his actions) and a Vietnamese ranger in a stolen boat. Over 230 medals were awarded to personnel involved in the rescue.


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