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Flight of the Intruder (1991)

Danny Glover , Willem Dafoe , John Milius  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)

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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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000094J5Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,435 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flight of the Intruder" on IMDb

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Time has been kind to Flight of the Intruder, a rousing aviation-action adventure that looks better now than it did to critics who panned it in 1991. Perhaps they were expecting a Tom Clancy-ish blockbuster (producer Mace Neufeld oversaw the Jack R

Time has been kind to Flight of the Intruder, a rousing aviation-action adventure that looks better now than it did to critics who panned it in 1991. Perhaps they were expecting a Tom Clancy-ish blockbuster (producer Mace Neufeld oversaw the Jack Ryan franchise), but director John (Conan the Barbarian) Milius had something potentially more substantial in mind. The first 75 minutes are pure Milius: Macho bluster, male bonding among ill-fated pilots and Naval bombardiers, and a Big Wednesday-like passion for dangerous fun. But Milius's favorite topics have sharper teeth here: He's made a scathing anti-Vietnam film that still honors the bravery of soldiers who do their job even when the job itself seems pointless. That's why ace Brad Johnson (why didn't he become a huge star?) and maverick bombardier Willem Dafoe plot a renegade mission, bombing a Hanoi arms depot with their low-altitude A-6 Intruder in the movie's pyrotechnical climax. Fringe benefits abound, including early roles for Tom Sizemore, Ving Rhames, and David Schwimmer in his big-screen debut, three years before Friends and looking like the dweeby grandchild of his Band of Brothers martinet. --Jeff Shannon

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
By T-Rexx
Yeah, yeah... I agree with many other viewers. The movie storyline is not as good as in the book in two areas: 1. the in-depth description of its characters -I guess it's just too hard a job to explore the complexity of human personalities within 90mn; 2. the ending which, in the book, is a bit more in line with the actual war in Vietnam. Also, true: SFX are somewhat dated.
But boy, being a professional of aviation, living, breathing, dreaming of it every day of my life, I can't applaude enough to a movie that DOES feature combat aircraft of a bygone era now! Just count the number of good action movies that actually show these machines, and I bet you'll quickly get down to a few fingers.
"Flight of the Intruder" is a really cool movie in terms of aircraft footage. It puts you "behind the wheel", in control of the aircraft. The heart pumps faster when these ugly SAM detection signals scream at the crew. And watch these unforgettable scenes with the A-1 Skyraiders, the famous "Sandys Lo/Hi Lead" at the end of the film! The shots, the sounds... If you don't get goose bumps, you're out of this world! Passion's calling, everyone...
The movie itself is pretty well documented too, if only a bit too simplified. Looks like the film was technically supported by both the USN/USAF. Pilots' jargon is accurate, and so is the overall A-6 bombing philosophy ("iron hand", strike, SEAD etc.). Also, the whole movie looks like an A-6 Intruder documentary at times. This beast was slow, fat, vulnerable, but it did the job. And after viewing the whole stuff, you'll sit back and think, and I'm pretty sure that you'll end up nodding: "These fly-boys in Vietnam... They sure had real guts". Hats and heads down, ladies and gentlemen, and respect for courage!
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the way it was. May 11, 2003
This is the way it really was. I used to fly F4s of the Oriskany back in '66. Everyday (and most nights) I'd watch the A6s queueing up for takeoffs and traps. I flew with the best. This movie, even though there are a "few" technical problems, brings me back to those days almost 40 years ago.
I agree with the movie's major premis - we could have won the war if the politicians kept their noses out of the running of the war.
Ignore all these arm-chair warriors and watch the movie. For the most part, it shows how it really was.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it from someone who helped make this movie July 11, 2012
I was a member of the U.S. Navy Attack Squadron VA-165 Boomers AQ Shop when we were tasked with making Flight of The Intruder. Now needless to say the squadron that was represented in the movie VA-196 Main Battery was not overly thrilled when they weren't picked to play themselves.

Paramount wanted the best on The Rock (NAS Whidbey Island) and they got it with the Boomers!

We spent 2 weeks out on the Indy (USS Independence)at a cost to Paramount of $1 Million Dollars a day. Our skipper had some issues with Paramount concerning certain pieces of our gear in the plane. He laid it down in no uncertain terms that the glass for our bomb site wouldn't be in plane for lowly actors to play with or break.

Paramount couldn't get the paint scheme right on our planes either. Paramount tried mixing Future liquid floor wax with the paint to get a glossy look. Needless to say we had to bail them out and have our Phase Shop paint it.

Many scenes were cut from the final release of the film including one of a crash on the flight deck using the barricade. This became where Jake landed with an injured Morg on the flight deck instead. Many of my fellow Boomers were in that scene myself included and were disappointed when we did not see it in the theatrical release.

Paramount also did a great disservice to all the enlisted men who helped make that movie and made sure they had planes to fly in it by not listing their names in the credits. Of course the Officers got their name in lights. All they had to do was sit around and do an occasional short hop. The hard working enlisted men of VA-165 got the shaft.

Danny Glover is a lot taller than he looks on screen and is very cool. He would stop and chat with both the enlisted and officers.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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This movie is a great depiction of the air war in Vietnam in 1972. It has it's funny moments, it's serious moments, but all in all, it's a great action movie with a great plot and storyline. Also, since Willem Dafoe is one of my favorite actors, that was another plus for this film. Danny Glover put in a hell of a performance as the skipper of the air crew, and Brad Johnson and Willem Dafoe put in excellent performances as the pilot/bombardier team. This is a movie worth five stars.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie about Naval aviation during Nam! August 9, 2004
This movie was great & most people have never even heard of it.

The movie is very accurate & shows what it was like to have piloted an A-6 during Nam. The movie is better than Top Gun because it has more action & it's realistic. This should be in all military buff's collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Righteous Movie about an Unrrighteous War October 30, 2006
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During the Vietnam war, many air crews were frustrated by the political nature of target selection. Real, worthy targets of military significance were put off limits to avoid annoying the enemy or the allies of the enemy. Instead, missions were sent against "suspected" targets like truck parks and staging areas more often than not, this resulted in the bombing of some innocent trees. That would be frustrating but not necessarily infuriating. What was infuriating is that crews were lost and killed in the missions to worthless targets.

In this story, one crew has had enough. After seeing so many of their friends killed for no apparent reason, they decide to do something that matters. They want to bomb a military target. They want to destroy SAMs, the surface to air missiles that are so dangerous to flyers. They know where to go. It is no secret that the SAM inventory is stored in a massive artillery park in downtown Hanoi. They decide to take it out.

The unauthorized raid is a success except when speaking in terms of careers. Even then, it seems, fate intervenes.

This is a story about comrades in arms keeping the faith with each other. Its not a great movie but it's a pretty good story.

Its also a credit to Danny Glover's acting skills. You would never know that he's part of the "I hate America" crowd.
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