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Iron Eagle (Full Screen)
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Short of Top Gun, this could be the definitive boys movie of the 1980s. An 18-year-old (Jason Gedrick) gets instruction from an old vet (Louis Gossett Jr.) in how to fly an F-16 jet and kick butt in the Middle East, all while listening to his Walkman and--oh, yeah--saving his father from terrorist clutches. Gossett wears his tough-love face while the kids run rampant. Speaking of kids, young guys must like this comic-book movie, as its success spawned three sequels. But watch out for the Reagan-era jingoism and political reductiveness. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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At the time, it made me want to strap myself into the cockpit of an F-16 and go bomb some terrorist country. I found Libya on the map. They seemed like some onery folk at the time. I was ready to drop some hellfire on them 'camel jockeys'.
But I could never get a hold of an F-16.
But judging by some of the reviews here, some lucky peepsqueaks DID manage to get F-16's. So many youths cite this piece of dreck as the reason they joined the airforce and are now doing the will of a commander-in-chief who probably goes back to his ranch, closes the door, and puts the 'Iron Eagle' DVD on!!
Ultimate boys movie indeed.
This doesn't change the fact that 'Iron Eagle' is unabashedly racist. It was mostly filmed in Israel with the IDF and Israeli government providing all the fighter jets AND pilots along with the scenery. All they asked for in return was that the villains be (nameless, faceless, dehumanized) 'Arabs' from a fictional (generic) Arab 'terrorist country'. This demonization of an entire people was (and is) an Israeli government PR campaign to get the American public to see the 'plight of the Jewish people' as they 'struggle' against the 'evil Arab terrorists'.
I would hope the producers of 'Iron Eagle' were duped into going along with this. Because other than that, it is a pretty fine movie. Unlike a lot of 80's action-movie dreck, 'Iron Eagle' actually has likeable characters. Louis Gosset Jr. delivers a fine performance as the 'tough but fair' Colonel 'Chappy' Sinclaire. The action sequences rival and sometimes better the ones in 'Top Gun'. Plus, there is no sappy romance sub-plot to drag this puppy down. This movie is purely a boys film.
So if you can turn your brain (and your conscience) off for an hour and 20 minutes, get a hold of 'Iron Eagle'. But watch out for the sequels. They're bad. Really bad.
My suspicions were affirmed with the listing of this title -- Iron Eagle. ... How many of us were inspired to eventually pilot a tie-fighter or x-wing after watching Star Wars? And, anyone removed from the experience of working in the REAL U.S. Air Force can forgive the gross oversight and disregard for detail that this film shames upon the U.S. armed forces. We all must overlook the details in most movies.
However, this inane and unplausible plot is not saved by the thrill of a boy hopping in a slick military plane and the ensuing "save the world" 8-year-old fantasy. The storyline would make much more sense if the hero/child Doug Masters actually were a 5-year-old boy who wandered away from his nanny and happened upon an Air Force jet. Then, the film could be enjoyed for its ridiculousness.
The memory of seeing repeated glimpses of this movie repeated on HBO 18 years ago reminds me of how well this film captured the "Worst Movie Ever" in my book. There are worse movies out there, but this one is insidiously hyped up enough to make a fool out of you too to ever actually watch it.
This movie came out in late 1985 and would have been toast had it appeared about six months later when "Top Gun" was released.Read more ›
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Thank you when the package showed up before Christmas it was broken sliding all over I was not happy having to pay almost $80.00 for this the disc had some scratches on it. Read morePublished 20 days ago by KIM
I would recommend this set to everyone that likes action, bombing, firing with explosives and more. Can't say enough good things about this set.Published on Sept. 8 2012 by BJ
Where to begin, when I saw this movie for the first time I just feel in love with Chappy. I have yet to see a movie that even comes close to the quality that this movie embodies. Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Justy
I rented this movie by mistake. It turned out to be a pretty good movie anyway. But my friend told me that Chappy sinclair was an alien and that he has a little alien baby. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Chad Kultgen
I watched Iron Eagle when it came out in the theaters in 1986. I was in college, and it was absurd. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by cameron bates
This is not a bad movie. It has many enjoyable sequences. However, it is not a movie to be taken seriously. Read morePublished on July 30 2003
When I was 6 years old, my father give this movie that recorded from TV in 1989. That time I'm kindergarden boy. but this movie very huge, huge impact in my life. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by Lee Kyung Hee
Long of the short of this movie is that the star's father is shot down by some badguys over a unnamed country in the Mid-East. Read morePublished on April 9 2003 by Charles B.