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Flight of the Intruder 1991 American war movie

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Each time American war movie gets the backing of the army (or to be exact of any branch of the armed forces) each time the effect is complete disaster. The reason? When army gives you cooperation that includes all the vehicles you will need, all the stand-ins that you need, even expensive locations that you need. The price? The script will most likely be altered to fit the views of the army, no matter if they make a lot of sense or not. Flight of the Intruder is another example of such cooperation, but with a little twist...


After death of his pilot during the mission over Vietnam bombardier Lieutenant Jake Grafton is devastated. He gets in fight in a bar, spends a night with woman named Callie and feels that his presence in Vietnam is waste of time. His new partner, Virgil Cole, helps him to avoid punishment for the fight and helps him grieving over colleague’s death. Together they take on concurrent risky missions trying to destroy as many enemy surface-to-air batteries as they can, but overall they are tired that their devotion to their service does not seem to have much impact on the conflict. Those risky missions creates bond between the two and soon they begin to plan a more spectacular mission. They want to destroy the SAM City, used by the North Vietnam as propaganda tool depot full of surface-to-air missiles located in the middle of Hanoi.

Flight of the Intruder has all the trademarks of army-backed project - cheesy script, cartoonish characters, well known actors in not their best efforts and parade of the military equipment. But this time, shockingly, it isn’t actually navy’s fault. The script was based on novel by Stephen Coonts, who was Vietnam War veteran and flew on A-6 Intruder in combat missions. And the novel, even according to Coonts, was well transformed into script, but the final effect was far from being interesting. Flight of the Intruder is poorly handled story that, in parts, make very little sense (main characters take on a risky mission to make a difference, but their mission will most probably extend the conflict and put more of the colleagues into danger). Not to mention that the characters were rather cartoonish and the final scenes were just parade of very poor judgment from the creators.


Notes

  • John Milius stated that making this film was one of the worst experiences he had. Since then he, so far, never directed another movie again.



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