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Flight of the Intruder


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  • Actors: Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Sizemore
  • Directors: John Milius
  • Writers: David Shaber, Robert Dillon, Stephen Coonts
  • Producers: Brian E. Frankish, Lis Kern, Mace Neufeld, Ralph Winter
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 1 2004
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630208735X
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,232 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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After reading and rereading the book "Flight of the Intruder," at some point I became curious enough to actually watch the movie. Unfortunately, the movie did not at all live up to what I wanted to see. Understandably, a novel has to be boiled down in order to translate into a movie of acceptable length, but in this case, nothing but a skeleton remains, and the movie utterly failed to engross me like the book did.
The book is full of well-formed characters; the movie sports cliched actors spitting lines, occasionally interjecting good one-liners from the book; at least, they were good in the book. In the movie, they don't have the same effect. In the book, when Cole refers to himself as "naturally blabby," it's amusing because of what the reader knows about Cole. In the movie, the irony simply does not show through. The muddy characterization fits in well with the muddy nature of the movie. Surely this could have been done better.
And, finally, the crowning touch of everything- the movie completely twists the plot of the book around. The movie basically reduces the primary plot to Grafton and Camparelli deciding that they like each other after all (after Grafton saves Camparelli's life- aww[...] The final scenes are cheesier than the entire state of Wisconsin, in stark contrast with the suspenseful final pages of the book.
Perhaps this movie would be enjoyable for a viewer who has not read the book; unfortunately, I cannot view it that way. For anyone who has read the book and loved it, I suspect that they will feel the same utter disappointment when the closing credits of the movie roll, at least if they stay awake that long (I actually fell asleep the first time I tried to watch it).
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Like a lot of service aviators, I loved Stephen Coonts' 1986 novel, "Flight of the Intruder" (the numerous sequels haven't measured up, but that's no sin; Joseph Heller really had only one good novel in him, too). Far above and beyond the quasi-autobiographical novels written by many Vietnam veterans, "Flight" was a thoughtful expression of the increasing disillusionment of a Navy bomber pilot in the waning days of the war in Southeast Asia. Lt. Jake Grafton was the consummate Everyman, who joined the Navy to keep from being drafted into the Army and fell in love with being an aviator almost in spite of himself. After the loss of his bombardier - to a random enemy gunshot - while on yet another worthless mission, Jake's rage and frustration at the political limitations placed on him and his mates begin to build, coupled with the doubts every thinking man experiences when he is told to kill total strangers because it is, after all, his job. The novel is one of the classics of aviation literature. And then this abomination of a film happned. The real tragedy is that it could have so easily been such a wonderful movie. The film opens on exactly the right note: a somber overture overlaid with the voices of bomber pilots discussing their missions over the North, to whit, it's very dark, I'm very alone, everyone and his brother is shooting at me, and what the hell am I doing here, anyway? We fade in on a lone Intruder, skimming along the clouds, alone in the moonlit night, with the caption, "Over North Vietnam, after seven years of war." Perfect. Fatigue, loneliness, fear, and the solitude of the lone-ship night bombing missions the Intruder excelled at. Just the mood the novel created so well. After this wonderful opening the movie just slowly crumbles to pieces.Read more ›
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It's incredible that the makers of this film turned the best-written novel about the air war in Vietnam into such a flat movie. "Intruder" the novel was deft, pefectly nuanced and paced. The restrictive rules of engagement which typified the war, and were blamed for prolonging it and exacerbating the dangers fought by the Americans who fought it, have never been given a more eloquent treatment than author Stephen Coonts offered. The dynamics of air combat put the reader in the right seat as captive passengers of the pilot, while the nuts and bolts of the air war was described clearly. "Intruders" the movie, however, gets it all wrong, with a script that follows the novel to well and doesn't know when to go its own way or how. The charachters seem flat, the flying scenes unconvincing and the moral dilemma of following orders vs. fighting-to-win gets less treatment than the novel offered. None of Coont's textured charachters - like Cowboy, Razor, Rabbit or Tiger - seem recognizable. In a move meant to sanitize the film for mainstream audiences - films can't appeal to discrete and narrow audiences the way that technothrillers apply to a narrow band of miltary enthusiasts - the film tones down some aspects of the novel that appealed to the right-wing: the film's heroes get in trouble one night in Subic Bay during a fight sparked by a racial remark. In the novel, the incident involved a tank-topped sailor with an earring ("It's all the rage in the states") a different sort of antagonist entirely. Then there's the target of the heroes' unauthorized raid: a mammoth storage site for enemy missiles (imagine a mall parking lot with missile trucks instead of Camrys) that is clearly military.Read more ›
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