Iron Eagle (1986)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Thriller, War


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A young pilot plans a rescue mission when his father, an Air Force Colonel, is shot down over enemy territory and captured.


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12 April 1999 | maitreg
Not as bad as some people make it seem
This movie is not quite as bad as some of the comments want you to believe. It does have some serious reality flaws. But that's exactly where it excels. This is not a story about a kid trying to rescue his dad. This is a story about the flying fantasies of youth. I grew up playing quite a few flight simulators on computers, and this added to my fantasy of someday flying a fighter jet. This is exactly what this movie's about, a kid completely enthralled with flight simulations that he becomes a good pilot.

They should have left it at that though. The kid's fantasy of rescuing his dad (also a pilot) from some mysterious middle eastern base should not have been brought to reality. Reality should not have extended past his races in his single-engine crop-duster with a motorcycle. Throughout the movie, the kid does not see the world as a dangerous place. He still sees it as one big simulation. This is exactly how you should watch the movie, otherwise, it will seem like a ridiculous plot that's out-of-touch with the real world.

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Trivia

Some of the ordinance carried on the F-16s in some scenes was "live" (i.e., real weapons rather than props). At one point during filming the Israeli Air Force (IAF) was called upon to carry out a strike against terrorist targets in Lebanon; a ground controller, seeing a pair of IAF F-16s already in the air with the required load-out, vectored them toward the target. They were halfway to the target when someone realized the aircraft that had been ordered to attack were attached to the Iron Eagle shoot - and that the planes were emblazoned with American markings and insignia. They were recalled from the strike in time to avoid an international incident (which surely would have been the result had F-16s with USAF markings attacked Lebanon!)


Quotes

Chappy Sinclair: You like Italian?
Doug Masters: Italian?
Chappy Sinclair: Uh-huh. You can eat while you read.


Goofs

The night before the mission to rescue Doug's father, Chappie makes a recording on tape for Doug to play, should something go wrong. The next day, when Chappie's plane is shot down, Doug plays the tape. However the recording talks about details they just discovered that day while flying the mission that he couldn't have known the night before while recording it.


Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

We're Not Gonna Take It
Written by
Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products

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Genres

Action | Thriller | War

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