The character of Colonel Charles Chappy Sinclair was inspired by the real life U.S. Air Force GeneralDaniel Chappie James, Jr. General James was a member of the famed all-blackTuskegee Airmen, and also flew fighter jets in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He later became the first black four-star General in U.S. history.
Doug Masters, son of veteranU.S. Air Forcepilot Col. Ted Masters, is a hotshot civilian pilot, hoping to follow in his fathers footsteps. His hopes are dashed when he receives a notice of rejection from theAir Force Academy. Making matters worse is the news that his father has been shot down and captured by the fictional Arab state of Bilya while patrolling over theMediterranean Sea. Despite the incident occurring overinternational waters, the Arab states court finds Col. Masters guilty of trespassing over their territory and sentences him tohangin three days. Seeing that the U.S. government will do nothing to save his fathers life, Doug decides to take matters into his own hands and come up with his own rescue mission. He requests the help of Col. Charles Chappy Sinclair, aVietnam veteranpilot currently in theAir Force Reserve, who, while not knowing Col. Masters personally, had a favorable run-in with him years prior to meeting Doug and knew the type. Chappy is skeptical at first; but Doug convinces him that, with his friends, he has full access to the airbases intelligence and resources and can give him anF-16 fighterfor the mission. To Dougs surprise, Chappy had already begun planning a rescue operation himself after he learned the outcome of Col. Masters trial. The combined efforts of Chappy and Dougs team result in a meticulously planned mission and the procurement of two heavily armed F-16B jets, with Doug flying the second unit.
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Iron Eagleis a 1986directed bySidney J. Furieand starringJason GedrickandLouis Gossett, Jr.While it received mixed reviews, the film earnedUS$24,159,872 at the U.S. box office.Iron Eaglewas followed by three sequels:Iron Eagle II,Aces: Iron Eagle IIIandIron Eagle on the Attack, with Gossett being the only actor to have appeared in all four films.
Iron Eagle. BoxOfficeMojo. 1986-03-11
On the day of Col. Masters execution, Doug and Chappy fly their jets to the Mediterranean Sea and cross into the enemy states airspace. In the ensuing battle, they take out threeMiG-23fighters and destroy an airfield, but Chappys plane is damaged by an anti-aircraft gun. He tells Doug to climb to a high altitude and play the tape he made him the night before, then his engine fails and Doug listens as Chappys fighter goes down. Chappys recorded voice gives Doug encouragement and details that help him to complete the mission and rescue his father. Making the enemy believe he is leading asquadron, Doug threatens the enemy state into releasing his father for pickup. Before Doug lands his plane, Col. Masters is shot by a sniper, causing Doug to destroy the airbase and engulf the runway withnapalmto keep the army at bay while he lands and picks up his wounded father. Just as they take off, Doug and his father encounter another group of MiGs led by Col. Akir Nakesh, himself anace pilot. The lone F-16 and Nakeshs MiG engage in adogfightuntil a missile from Doug finishes off Nakesh. Low on fuel and ammunition, the F-16 is pursued by the other enemy MiGs when a squadron of U.S. Air Force F-16s appear, warding off the MiGs before escorting Doug and his father toRamstein Air BaseinWest Germany.
The aircraft used for both the American and the Bilyan air forces were Israeli jets: single-seat F-16As, two-seat F-16Bs, andF-21/C-2 Kfirssimulating MiG-23s (the latter painted with imaginary national markings).The F-16s were given American national roundels and tail codes that only superficially resembled actual USAF markings, but retained their Israeli desert camouflage, a paint scheme that has never been used on USAF F-16s. The cockpit displays depicted in the film were all simulated, and did not bear any resemblance to an early model F-16s actual instrumentation (with the exception of the heads-up display, which was somewhat accurate). Additionally, the Hades bomb employed by Doug against the Bilyan airfield was a fictional weapon, though its effects were similar to real-life napalm.
Iron Eaglewas released onVHSbyCBS/FOX Videoin 1986. On October 1, 2002, it was released onDVD. On February 3, 2009, it was reissued on DVD bySony Pictures Home Entertainmentin a double-feature set with the 1993 filmLast Action Hero.
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Kevin Thomas of theLos Angeles Timescalled the film a total waste of time, saying it achieves a kind of perfection of awfulness that only earnest effort can produce.Varietymagazine commented that the film has breakneck action and some dandy dogfights, but the dialogue is simply laughable.
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This article is about the motion picture. For the military slang, seeIron Eagle (military slang). For other uses, seeIron Eagle (disambiguation).
The soundtrack album was issued byCapitol Recordson LP and cassette, and later on compact disc. It features songs byQueenKing KobraEric MartinDioAdrenalin, and more.
David Suchetas Ministry of Defense Col. Akir Nakesh
Robert Jayneas Matthew Matt Masters
Iron Eagleearned US$24,159,872 at the U.S. box office.Although the movie was not a major success at the cinema, it generated US$11 million in home video sales, enough to justify a sequel.
In 2008,Varse Sarabandereleased the original musical score byBasil Poledourisas part of their CD Club.
Caroline Lagerfeltas Elizabeth Masters
According to writer/directorSidney J. Furie, the films working title wasJunior Eagle. The script was turned down by every studio before it was picked up by Joe Wizan, former head of20th Century Fox. Wizan then handed the script to producerRon Samuels, who likened it to the oldJohn Waynewesterns.Although their F-16s are featured in the movie poster, theUnited States Air Forcehas a long-standing policy about not cooperating on any film involving the theft of an aircraft. Consequently, the filmmakers turned to theIsraeli Air Forcefor the necessary aerial sequences. The filming inIsraeltook six weeks, with the flight sequences choreographed by Jim Gavin, whose earlier works includeBlue Thunder.
While Col. Masters is being treated for his wounds, Doug is reunited with Chappy, who had ejected from his plane and was picked up by an. The two are summoned by an Air Force judiciary panel for their reckless actions. Seeing that any form of punishment for the duo would expose an embarrassing lapse in Air Force security, the panel forgoes prosecution as long as Doug and Chappy never speak of their operation to anyone. In addition, Chappy convinces the panel to grant Doug admission to the Air Force Academy. Days later, a plane assigned by the President returns to the U.S., reuniting Doug, Chappy, and Col. Masters with family and friends.
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Louis Gossett, Jr.as Col. Charles Chappy Sinclair
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The basis of the fictional story in the film relates to real life attacks by theUnited StatesagainstLibyaover theGulf of Sidra, in particular the1981 Gulf of Sidra incident.
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