PG-13 | | Action, Thriller, War
A young pilot plans a rescue mission when his father, an Air Force Colonel, is shot down over enemy territory and captured.
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!)
You like Italian?
Doug Masters: Italian?
Chappy Sinclair: Uh-huh. You can eat while you read.
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.
The credits are yellow over a blue background, as opposed to the normal white over a black background.
$6,104,754 19 January 1986