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Falcon Down

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  • Actors: Dale Midkiff, William Shatner, Judd Nelson, Jennifer Rubin, Cliff Robertson
  • Directors: Phillip J. Roth
  • Writers: Jonathan Raymond, Terri Neish
  • Producers: Amy Murray-Rolon, James Hollensteiner, Jeffery Beach, Ken Olandt, Melanie J. Elin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Ventura Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063JZV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,209 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Falcon Down" on IMDb

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 14, 2002
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This direct-to-video release is an entertaining movie, although it suffers from a low budget and less-than-stellar acting. The movie's plot is centered on Hank Thomas (played by Dale Midkiff), an Air Force pilot who loses his best friend and wingman in a tragic accident during a routine mission. After being blamed for this accident by his superiors and spending three years out of the Air Force, Hank is recruited by a group of specialists to hijack a government top secret weapon that was responsible for many tragic losses. However, Hank soon learns that these people have another agenda, and it's up to him to stop their plans. Although the story is somewhat routine, the movie also features an "X-Files" twist: home video footage of these government planes and weapons are taken by paranoid people who believe the government is experimenting with aliens and alien spacecraft. The visual effects are pretty good despite budget restrictions, and the swift cutting back and forth between the main story and this "home video footage" is clever. The movie features many familiar faces, including Judd Nelson, Cliff Robertson, and even William Shatner (who chews up the scenery). This is a movie worth checking out because it is somewhat different from standard by-the-numbers action films.
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Everybody went slumming for paychecks in this amateurish "Firefox"
clone. The surprising thing is that writer & director Phillip J. Roth
and three other scenarists, Jonathan Raymond, Jon Meyer, and Terri
Neish, weren't sued for copyright infringement. "Falcon Down"
appropriates the plot of Clint Eastwood's "Firefox" and part of the
plot of "Firefox" novelist Craig Thomas' sequel "Firefox Down."
Watching this improbable aerial thriller once must have convinced the
"Firefox" people to forego any lawsuit. "Falcon Down" is abysmal from
start to finish and wastes the talents of Cliff Robertson, William
Shatner, and Judd Nelson. The opening credits are enough to turn you
off as we watch a scanner locate different parts of the Earth and then
watch as the names of cast and crew emerge for what seems forever. The
special effects just barely make the grade, probably because the jets
are filmed against night skies. A perfunctory romance between leading
man Dale Midkiff and soap opera beauty queen Sandra Ferguson barely
heats up.

"Falcon Down" opens with insubordinate Captain Hank Thomas (Dale
Midkiff of CBS-TV's "The Magnificent Seven") and Captain Bobby Edwards
(Ken Olandt of "Digital Man") flying around at night. They disobey the
orders of their superior officer, Major Robert Carson (William Shatner
of "Star Trek") and enter forbidden airspace. No sooner have they
trespassed than some inexplicable force blinds Captain Edwards and his jetfighter crashes. Not long afterward a 747 encounters the
same effect, similar to electrocution, with rays wriggled all over the
aircraft fuselage before it crashes and 200 people die.
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I like action movies that don't go to great extremes with violence. This movie does have some violence but not enough to be a turn off for me. A man whose life was changed due to loyalty to truth is discharged form the military because he questioned his superiors. He is contacted by a former commander and asked to do something he was led to believe was for his country only to find out later it was all a lie. Unfortunatley this sounds like more truth than fiction in this day. Who to trust? It proves how we can all be fooled once in a while. It's a good movie that I found worth my time to watch.
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By ROBIN MCCALL on September 26, 2009
Format: DVD
It would be difficult to improve on Van T. Roberts' negative review of this movie. He covered it all. I agree with him that the plot is mediocre at best, and that the veteran actors in it should have be warned to avoid the movie. Their agents did not represent them well. I saw the last half of this on a premium movie channel, and I am surprised that they played it. I kept waiting for it to improve, but all I saw was one unrealistic scene after another. Avoid watching this movie.
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By Lorettta Benner on September 23, 2009
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I have watched this DVD several times as well as the TV movie of the same. It is certainly filled with suspense in every scene. Again the undesirable language popped up several times. I wish the directors would delete the gutter type language as it directly reflects on somebody's lack of education. The acting was very realistic. It is a shame to put some of those words in the mouth of a wonderful actor like Dale Midkiff.
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