Afterburn (1992)

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Based on a true story, one woman takes on the U.S. military and General Dynamics; maker of the F-16, thought to be the very best tactical fighter in the world. Air Force Captain Theodore T.... See full summary »


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7 June 2007 | ccthemovieman-1
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| Full Of The Normal Hollywood View
Hollywood has never quenched its thirst with enough anti-U.S. government stories. It just goes on and on. Better yet is to have a woman fight the government, since that gets more politic ally-correct points. Here, we have a mouthy woman who demands to know what was behind her husband's death as a test pilot. He also was Captain in the United States Air Force. Hey, nothing wrong with that because - as we recently discovered with the Pat Tillman case - the government does lie. However, in Hollywood the government ALWAYS lies and that theme can get tiresome.

Actually, in this story we go past the government and find out it is a big corporation that was at fault for producing the pilot's plane to crash. So big business - another frequent target of the film industry even though it qualifies for that status itself - is the real villain.

The main character ultra-profane, chain-smoking "Jane Harduvel," and in portrayed in here by Laura Dern, who has played a number of low-life roles in her career. At least her character in this one mellowed somewhat as the story unraveled, but she was so profane and obnoxious for so long that it turned me off to the film. Having a nice-yet determined woman fight for her husband would have made the story more attractive to more people.

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Trivia

Richard Jenkins and Walter Addison appeared in And the Band Played On (1993) and Fun with Dick and Jane (2005).


Quotes

Janet Harduvel: I know it wasn't Ted's fault. I'm not coming back here until I prove it.


Goofs

During the funeral, the flag is shown draped over the casket with the field of blue over what would be the right shoulder or left foot of the deceased. In a funeral where the flag is used, the field of blue should be over the left shoulder of the deceased and the casket carried feet first. Note: Although later in the movie it is mentioned that only the hands were recovered from the accident and were the only contents of the casket, the flag would still be displayed with the field of blue covering where the left shoulder would be, had there been an entire body.


Crazy Credits

On appeal, the court ruled that although Janet Harduvel had presented substantial evidence of design defect in the F-16, General Dynamics was protected from liability as a government contractor. Accordingly, the $3.1 million damage award was overturned. Ted Harduvel's name remains clear. To date, more than 140 F-16s have crashed from a variety of causes. More than 40 pilots have died. The Air Force maintains that the F-16 is "the safest single engine fighter of all time". Janet Harduvel is continuing her legal battle against General Dynamics.


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For One Moment
Composed by
Deborah Holland (as Debbie Holland) & Stewart Copeland
Performed by Deborah Holland (as Debbie Holland)
Debbie Holland appears courtesy of I.R.S. Records

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