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
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 »
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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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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