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Flight of the Intruder (1991)

During the air war over Vietnam, a U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder bomber pilot schemes with a hardened veteran to make an unauthorized air strike on Hanoi.

Director:

John Milius

Writers:

Stephen Coonts (novel), Robert Dillon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Glover ... Commander Frank Camparelli
Willem Dafoe ... Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole
Brad Johnson ... Lt. Jake' Cool Hand' Grafton
Rosanna Arquette ... Callie
Tom Sizemore ... Boxman
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Lt. Cmdr. 'Cowboy' Parker
Jared Chandler Jared Chandler ... Lt. J.G. Jack 'Razor' Barlow
Dann Florek ... Mad Jack
Madison Mason ... 'Cag'
Ving Rhames ... McRae
Christopher Rich ... Lt. J.G. Morgan McPherson
Douglas Roberts ... Guffy
Scott N. Stevens Scott N. Stevens ... Hardesty (as Scott Newton Stevens)
Justin Williams Justin Williams ... Sammy
John Corbett ... Big Augie
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Storyline

After his bombardier is killed, Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton (Brad Johnson)', a carrier-based Intruder pilot, questions the purpose of Navy bombing missions. He finds an ally for his cynicism in Virgil Cole, a bombardier on his third tour of duty, and together they ponder the notion of one unsanctioned mission "downtown", to "Sam City" in North Vietnam. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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The only thing they can count on is each other.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apostoli thanatou See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,725,133, 21 January 1991

Gross USA:

$14,587,732

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,587,732
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Basil Poledouris had originally been scheduled to score Dances with Wolves (1990), but reluctantly dropped out to score this film for his close friend John Milius, with extremely damaging results to his career when he found himself suddenly unemployable at any studio making a picture with Kevin Costner. To make matters worse, the film's release was delayed by nearly two years, so he could have easily had time to score both films. See more »

Goofs

At 1:25:20, CMDR Camparelli walks past the "modernized" BB-63 USS Missouri. The USS Missouri was decommissioned in 1955, and wasn't modernized and re-commissioned until after 1986. See more »

Quotes

[before leading the daylight raid to North Vietnam]
Cdr. Camparelli: This is a daylight raid, gentlemen. Air Force, Marines, Navy, everything we got. They've had three years to get ready for us. The most formidable air defenses in the history of warfare. Our job, the task of the Intruder, is to kill SAMs. Make no mistake about it, gentlemen, SAMs are where your ordnance goes. Otherwise, those B-52's will be dead meat. We can expect a forest of SAMs and flak you can lay down on. We've got to cut a path through ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Basil Poledouris: His Life and Music (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The House is Rockin'
by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Doyle Bramhall
Performed by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Courtesy of CBS Records, Inc. Music Licensing Department
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Flight of the Intruder: I appreciate it, but it's not my thing
7 February 2019 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Top Gun clone? Absolutely not, this is considerably better than that monumentally overrated snorefest.

Telling a rather generic story set during the Vietnam war this feature stars Willem Dafoe, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Sizemore, Ving Rhames and Danny Glover so it's roster is pretty outstanding.

Now I'm rather bias when it comes to war themed movies, namely because I'm a great big anti-war guy so I tend not to see the appeal. That's not to say I'm anti-war movie, I just tend not to find them enjoyable.

Flight of the Intruder suffers from the standard genre tropes, is cheesy, macho-nonsense but does have a charm to an extent. The ending is strong which certainly makes up for everything else but it can only go so far.

With that amazing cast and very impressive flight visuals you can't take away from the film just how much they've accomplished here, it's just not my bag.

The Good:

Very impressive visuals

Wealth of talent present

The Bad:

Oddly structured

Love interest was needlessly tacked on


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