R | | Action, Crime, Drama
The cop test pilot for an experimental police helicopter learns the sinister implications of the new vehicle.
Malcolm McDowell actually hated flying and no one, not even his wife, could persuade him to overcome his phobia. During the final battle scene between his character Cochrane and 'Roy Scheider (I)''s Frank Murphy, McDowell's grimaces were caught on film for all to see, clearly displaying his discomfort at being in the air. When his wife saw the movie, she was incredulous and asked the filmmakers, 'How did you get him inside that little helicopter? I couldn't even get him inside a plane!'
This ship is equipped with a forward-mounted, twenty-millimeter electric cannon. Its six barrels are capable of firing four thousand rounds of ammunition per minute. And that, gentlemen, is one hell of a shit-storm in anybody's language!
The frame is reversed during a brief overhead shot when second police car approaches the drive-in theatre; traffic is shown keeping left, and the cruiser passes a light-colored vehicle on its right, but in the striped median.
There are no opening credits after the title is shown.
ABC edited 14 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere.
$8,258,149 (USA) (15 May 1983)
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