History Film / Bat21

29th Sep '16 5:29:40 PM MarkLungo
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* PlaneSpotting: The movie includes quite a few aircraft from the Vietnam War, including UH-1 Hueys, HH-3 Jolly Green Giants, the O-2 Skymaster, and the EB-66 Destroyer.

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* PlaneSpotting: UsefulNotes/PlaneSpotting: The movie includes quite a few aircraft from the Vietnam War, including UH-1 Hueys, HH-3 Jolly Green Giants, the O-2 Skymaster, and the EB-66 Destroyer.




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17th May '16 1:51:39 AM Mdumas43073
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A [[FilmsOfThe1980s 1988]] film starring Gene Hackman, Creator/DannyGlover, and Jerry Reed. The film is BasedOnATrueStory, about the controversial (and very costly) rescue of Lieutenant Colonel Iceal "Gene" Hambleton, after he survives being shot down over [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]], finding himself directly in the path of the North Vietnamese Army's Easter Offensive of 1972.

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A [[FilmsOfThe1980s 1988]] film starring Gene Hackman, Creator/GeneHackman, Creator/DannyGlover, and Jerry Reed. The film is BasedOnATrueStory, about the controversial (and very costly) rescue of Lieutenant Colonel Iceal "Gene" Hambleton, after he survives being shot down over [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]], finding himself directly in the path of the North Vietnamese Army's Easter Offensive of 1972.


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14th May '15 10:18:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* YanksWithTanks

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17th Aug '14 8:00:07 PM TimDH426
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A [[FilmsOfThe1980s 1988]] film starring Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, and Jerry Reed. The film is BasedOnATrueStory, about the controversial (and very costly) rescue of Lieutenant Colonel Iceal "Gene" Hambleton, after he survives being shot down over [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]], finding himself directly in the path of the North Vietnamese Army's Easter Offensive of 1972.

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A [[FilmsOfThe1980s 1988]] film starring Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Creator/DannyGlover, and Jerry Reed. The film is BasedOnATrueStory, about the controversial (and very costly) rescue of Lieutenant Colonel Iceal "Gene" Hambleton, after he survives being shot down over [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]], finding himself directly in the path of the North Vietnamese Army's Easter Offensive of 1972.
10th Jan '14 3:13:07 AM LongLiveHumour
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A [[FilmsOfThe1980s 1988]] film starring Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, and Jerry Reed. The film is BasedOnATrueStory, about the controversial (and very costly) rescue of Lieutenant Colonel Iceal "Gene" Hambleton, after he survives being shot down over [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam]], finding himself directly in the path of the North Vietnamese Army's Easter Offensive of 1972.

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A [[FilmsOfThe1980s 1988]] film starring Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, and Jerry Reed. The film is BasedOnATrueStory, about the controversial (and very costly) rescue of Lieutenant Colonel Iceal "Gene" Hambleton, after he survives being shot down over [[TheVietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]], finding himself directly in the path of the North Vietnamese Army's Easter Offensive of 1972.
19th Dec '13 11:08:42 AM ElectricZ
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* BlackBestFriend: In a way. Captain Bartholomew "Birddog" Clark is the Foward Air Controller pilot who keeps watch over Hambleton with his [[CoolPlane O-2 Skymaster]].



--> Carver: "Typical FAC pilot, mislabors under the delusion that he is the most Sierra Hotel cowboy in the Air Force. The truth is he flies a fuckin' VW Microbus with wings."
--> Clarke: "This 'VW Pilot' flies ten feet off the deck and draws fire from AK's and SAM's down to eight-year-olds with slingshots and pebbles."

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--> Carver: "Typical FAC pilot, mislabors labors under the delusion that he is the most Sierra Hotel cowboy in the Air Force. The truth is he flies a fuckin' VW Microbus with wings."
--> Clarke: Clark: "This 'VW Pilot' flies ten feet 'ten feet' off the deck and draws fire from AK's and SAM's down to eight-year-olds with slingshots and pebbles."



** Colonel Walker has one after [[spoiler: Big Sky is shot down and the crew are killed.]] Clark finds him sitting alone in the command bunker, slumped over a chair drinking from a bottle of whisky.



* KnightInSourArmor: Clark and Ross are revealed to be this in the conversation they have in the bar. Both are cynical about the war effort and wonder if rescuing soldiers on the ground is worthwhile since they will likely just get sent back out to the field to be shot at again. But the same conversation reveals both men have done and will continue to do everything possible to save men trapped behind enemy lines.

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* KnightInSourArmor: Clark and Ross are revealed shown to be this in the conversation they have in the bar. Both are cynical about the war effort and wonder if rescuing soldiers on the ground is worthwhile since they will likely just get sent back out to the field to be shot at again. But the same conversation reveals both men have done and will continue to do everything possible to save men trapped behind enemy lines.
13th Dec '13 1:38:42 PM ElectricZ
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Sgt. Rumbaugh is a hippie who is into a mix of religions who meditates next to the runway, utters mantras and splashes water from his canteen in the sign of the cross on the windows of departing planes, but is an outstanding mechanic who keeps his pilot's machine in top shape.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Sgt. Rumbaugh is a hippie who is into a mix of religions who religions, meditates next to the runway, utters mantras recites mantras, and splashes water from his canteen in the sign of the cross on the windows of departing planes, but is an outstanding mechanic who keeps his pilot's machine aircraft in top shape.shape at all times.



* AFriendInNeed: Captain Clark's rationale for his heroic efforts to save Hambleton. He confesses that at first he was just doing his job, but the more he talked with Hambleton over the radio, the more Clark felt what he was going through and it became more than a question of rescuing a stranger.

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* AFriendInNeed: Captain Clark's rationale for his heroic efforts to save Hambleton. He confesses that at At first he was he's just doing his job, but the more he talked talks with Hambleton over the radio, the more Clark felt he feels what he was Hambleton is going through and it became more than a question of rescuing a stranger.through. By the end, [[FireForgedFriends he's no longer just doing his duty.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Ross Carver, captured by the North Vietnamese, is lead into a minefield in order to coerce him into giving away the position of Hambleton. Carver spots Hambleton in the nearby treeline, winks, then turns back into the minefield where he meets his end.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Both Clark and Ross are revealed to be this in the conversation they have in the bar. Both are cynical about the war effort and wonder if rescuing soldiers on the ground is worthwhile since they will likely just get sent out to be killed again. But the same conversation reveals both men have done and will continue to do everything possible to save men trapped behind enemy lines.

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Ross Carver, captured by the North Vietnamese, is lead forced at gunpoint into a minefield in order to coerce him into giving away the position of Hambleton. Hambleton's position. Carver makes it through, spots Hambleton in the nearby treeline, winks, then turns back into the minefield where he meets his end.]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: The rescue at the village.]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Both Clark and Ross are revealed to be this in the conversation they have in the bar. Both are cynical about the war effort and wonder if rescuing soldiers on the ground is worthwhile since they will likely just get sent back out to the field to be killed shot at again. But the same conversation reveals both men have done and will continue to do everything possible to save men trapped behind enemy lines.



* Retirony: Averted with Captain Clark. In early conversations it's revealed he has a wife and kid and is due to rotate home in two weeks. [[spoiler: He survives.]]

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* Retirony: Averted with {{Retirony}}: Captain Clark. In early conversations it's revealed he Clark has a picture of his wife and kid in his cockpit and is due to rotate home in two weeks. [[spoiler: He Averted in that he survives.]]
13th Dec '13 1:11:58 PM ElectricZ
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* CoolPlane: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-2_Skymaster The Cessna O-2 Skymaster.]] With a twin-tail fuselage, push-pull dual propellers and gleaming white paint job, it looks extremely out of place in a jungle battlefield. But it is small, maneuverable and takes quite a pounding as the movie progresses.
--> Carver: "Typical FAC pilot, mislabors under the delusion that he is the most Sierra Hotel cowboy in the Air Force. The truth is he flies a fuckin' VW Microbus with wings."
--> Clarke: "This 'VW Pilot' flies ten feet off the deck and draws fire from AK's and SAM's down to eight-year-olds with slingshots and pebbles."
13th Dec '13 12:59:05 PM ElectricZ
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Hambleton is an electronic warfare specialist who spends his time playing rounds of golf when not monitoring an instrument panel "at 30,000 feet with a cup of coffee" in front of him. But while flying a reconnaissance mission for an upcoming bombing strike, Hambleton's plane is shot down deep behind enemy lines and in the middle of the area to be carpet bombed the next day.

He spots a small propeller driven plane nearby and via emergency radio he is able to contact its pilot, Captain Bartholomew "Bird Dog" Clark, who attempts to guide him to safety from the air. On the run fron the NVA and the impending air strike, Hambleton sees the horrors of war up close for the first time, and must rely only his wits and a voice on a radio to keep him alive.



* HeroicBSOD: Hambleton [[spoiler: after the rescue chopper is shot down and a village is napalmed in retaliation.]]

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* AFriendInNeed: Captain Clark's rationale for his heroic efforts to save Hambleton. He confesses that at first he was just doing his job, but the more he talked with Hambleton over the radio, the more Clark felt what he was going through and it became more than a question of rescuing a stranger.
* HeroicBSOD: Hambleton has a few [[spoiler: including breaking down into tears after killing a villager who caught Hambleton stealing food, and after the rescue chopper coming to save him is shot down and a village is napalmed in retaliation.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Hambleton, after killing a civilian in self-defense, especially after the man's wife and son return to see him standing over the dead man's body.



* Retirony: Averted with Captain Clark. In early conversations it's revealed he has a wife and kid and is due to rotate home in two weeks. [[He survives.]]

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* Retirony: Averted with Captain Clark. In early conversations it's revealed he has a wife and kid and is due to rotate home in two weeks. [[He [[spoiler: He survives.]]
13th Dec '13 12:38:05 PM ElectricZ
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[Spoiler: Ross Carver, captured by the North Vietnamese, is lead into a minefield in order to coerce him into giving away the position of Hambleton. Carver spots Hambleton in the nearby treeline, winks, then turns back into the minefield where he meets his end.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: Ross Carver, captured by the North Vietnamese, is lead into a minefield in order to coerce him into giving away the position of Hambleton. Carver spots Hambleton in the nearby treeline, winks, then turns back into the minefield where he meets his end.]]]]
* KnightInSourArmor: Both Clark and Ross are revealed to be this in the conversation they have in the bar. Both are cynical about the war effort and wonder if rescuing soldiers on the ground is worthwhile since they will likely just get sent out to be killed again. But the same conversation reveals both men have done and will continue to do everything possible to save men trapped behind enemy lines.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Several in rapid succession after [[spoiler: the Jolly Green is shot down and the entire crew is murdered.]] Hambleton draws his pistol and blindly charges the enemy. Bird Dog fires his white phosphorous marker rockets, and Cobra Leader orders an air strike on the enemy forces even though he is advised that women and children are being used as human shields.

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* Retirony: Averted with Captain Clark. In early conversations it's revealed he has a wife and kid and is due to rotate home in two weeks. [[He survives.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Several in rapid succession after [[spoiler: after the Jolly Green is shot down and the entire crew is murdered.]] Hambleton draws his pistol and blindly charges the enemy. Bird Dog fires his white phosphorous marker rockets, and Cobra Leader orders an air strike on the enemy forces even though he is advised that women and children are being used as human shields.


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* TitleDrop: BAT 21 is Colonel Hambleton's crew code and how he identifies himself whenever communicating with his rescuers.
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