Flight of the Intruder
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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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Great movie about a plane that did a lot of work during the Vietnam War yet isn't glorified like other popular military aircraft.Published 1 day ago by Jamaul Cherry
Grew up on this movie, now my kids can enjoy it as well. Truly awesome movies, need to be made classics one day :)Published 10 days ago by Jennifer Bombay
The movie is great! BUT... the seller wasn't very obvious about a subtle, and yet determines whether or not you can even watch it at all. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jacob Barksdale
I wanted this movie because it was filmed, in part, on the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) which was my youngest son's ship for most of three years. Read morePublished 20 days ago by CowboyFanKarl
A very cleverly told story w/ good photography and a plausible story line foretelling how a war was going to be lost
because of political meddling.