Some very touching scenes and also some very average ones as well. But to have a fixed wing pilot even attempt to fly a helicopter alone was just ridiculous. Here's a movie that if remade true to actual events would full theaters with everyone on the edge of their seats. More of a story about a man's personal struggle than a straight forward kill the bad guys plot, but definitely worth checking out and is fast paced action. I did not know Mr. Hackman, but attended schools with a few of his relatives from the Boiling Springs Area.
Atmospheric cinematography by Mark Irwin reflecting faithfully the wilds and woods from Vietnam. There's a book by the same name as the movie written by a Air Force vet and current airline captain that is very good and I'd recommend it highly. Sure, that didn't happen at least not in the real rescue of Hambleton , but it sure enough gives you a better understanding of how soldiers might torch a village and even commit 'war crimes' in retaliation. While this is a very good film, it should not be confused with the reality of the loss of Bat-21 Bravo. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a temporary shortage of helicopters causes a delay. Scared and out of his element, Hambleton must rely on Captain Clark Danny Glover , a pilot, to help him keep his composure until a rescue can happen.
Mark Irwin also adds another key asset to the film by showing several terrific shots of the jungle and countryside. The Viet Cong are extremely motivated to capture Hackman once they find out who it was that bailed out of the jet. But, that said, why let the truth get in the way of a good story? His take on the colonel is the real thing. The movie was filmed in Malaysia, and has a lot of great helicopter footage. The action is very good and the scenery is fantastic! I will only say that this is a much more satisfying war film than many that have been made in the last 30 years. He was actually met on the river by Lt.
The story, as I understand it, is based on fact, but I don't know how much of it is factual. At some point Hackman succeeds in begging off a possible massacre like My Lai when a copter and crew is shot down and executed by the Cong who take shelter with the civilian villagers. He demonstrates he has what it takes to hold it against big stars, like Mr. Director Peter Markle; Producer David Fisher, Gary A. On the day that Ham was shot down, two of the helicopters sent to pick him up were also shot down. Hackman has returned in past to Danville several times and is well know. Okay, so it's all fictionalized, and I guess it's still 'based on a true story.
There's a book by the same name as the movie written by a Air Force vet and current airline captain that is very good and I'd recommend it highly. Colonel Iceal Hambleton Gene Hackman is a respected, middle-aged strategist who has only seen the war from the air - and high in the air, too. The Oscar-winning singer-actress began the carpet walk with an army of umbrella holding men, led by Maxwell, trailing her voluminous pink dress. With: Gene Hackman Danny Glover Jerry Reed David Marshall Grant Clayton Rohner Erich Anderson Medieval party drinks consist of wine, mead, and pumpkin spice latte? Moving musical score fitting to action by Christopher Young. This movie is way off the mark as to who flew aircraft and how they were flown. He was also instrumental in getting this film made, seeing an article in a magazine, being interested in the story and taking things from there. He is 53 years old and has spent most of his life in the military.
For fans of action war movies, this is a more real approach to the genre thanks to the vision of its director Peter Markle. This film is a decent reminder. Hambledon has a bead on him but then shakes his head in disgust and looks away without firing. This film is well worth a look. Glover is equally aces as the tireless pilot. Gene Hackman has done so much good stuff that this is just a solid performance for him, but David Grant and Clayton Rohner are both great.
Both actors are excellent in the film! Weight of the picture falls on Glover, who does most of the talking during their radio communications, squares off on occasion with his superior, nicely etched by Jerry Reed also exec producer and enjoys the benefit of being at the joystick for the snazzy flying scenes. The story begins true to the feeling if not the details of the actual incident, and revolves around the relationship between Ham, who discovers what war is really about, and Clark, the Forward Air Controller responsible for coordinating his rescue. Danny Glover is excellent and sympathetic, in a film that probably boosted his track to stardom. Trapped behind enemy lines , an only one man captain Danny Glover with whom he has radio contact can save him and to get him out. I watched this movie yesterday on the movie channel. The special effects were not where the money was spent; seems like they had gas to burn, but no explosives, and the F-5s did not really fit, but these details did not detract from a story well told, until. It's one of those movies that I can watch over and over, and have.
This stirring warlike movie mixes suspense , thrills , rugged action and dialog with lots of intrigue , without losing sight of the continuation of its interesting plot or necessities of war and works on all levels. For a combination of reasons a couple of attempts go bad and Hackman watches the deaths of people sent to rescue him. Danny Glover, on the other hand, is on target. The film is based on a true story and Hackman plays the real life Lieutenant Colonel Iceal Hambleton who spent a couple of harrowing days in the jungle with the enemy all around. Its amazing that this picture is based on a true story! The action is usually nothing more than a means to an end. Alone ,he must rely on himself and a whole army after him.
Needless to say, there are bombs bursting galore. Still, even if they have done so, I must say that it still is a very nice movie. It's combat, not Oprah Winfrey. Hambleton was born in Rossville, Il. His particular call sign was I believe, Blue Ghost 26.
When faced with some information that the enemy is making a big push, he actually volunteers to take part in some of the aerial information gathering versus relaxing in a tent. Ham's confrontation with what happens on the other end of the bombing, his own foolishness that results in his killing a civilian a bit unbelievable, but dramatically useful , and the ugliness of war, is well portrayed by Hackman. The recovery of Colonel Hambleton was the biggest rescue operation of the Vietnam War. Ironically enough I saw a film based on a similar premise called Jet Attack involving the Korean War just recently. Gene Hackman and Danny Glover give terrific acting in this otherwise passable film.