History Film / FireBirds

16th Sep '17 4:45:19 PM nombretomado
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A 1990 movie starring Creator/TommyLeeJones and Creator/NicolasCage as [[YanksWithTanks United States Army]] [[TheCavalry Air Cavalry]] helicopter pilots. The U.S. Army and the DEA are assisting government officials in Central America in fighting the increasingly militant [[TheCartel drug cartels]], but are unexpectedly outgunned by a mercenary pilot Eric Stoller, and his Scorpion attack helicopter. Captain Jake Preston (Cage), one of the few survivors of an [[CurbStompBattle aerial ambush]] in the beginning of the movie, must train hard to prepare for a new mission to hunt down and eliminate [[TheDragon Eric Stoller]].

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A 1990 movie starring Creator/TommyLeeJones and Creator/NicolasCage as [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United States Army]] [[TheCavalry Air Cavalry]] helicopter pilots. The U.S. Army and the DEA are assisting government officials in Central America in fighting the increasingly militant [[TheCartel drug cartels]], but are unexpectedly outgunned by a mercenary pilot Eric Stoller, and his Scorpion attack helicopter. Captain Jake Preston (Cage), one of the few survivors of an [[CurbStompBattle aerial ambush]] in the beginning of the movie, must train hard to prepare for a new mission to hunt down and eliminate [[TheDragon Eric Stoller]].
26th Aug '17 5:04:45 PM southpaw2977
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** A Huey DOES appear near the end of the film at the cartel's camp, albeit for about 2 seconds.
14th Jul '17 8:02:05 PM Lightning4119
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: Guthrie and Preston had a past romantic (or at least sexual) relationship and [[InappropriatelyCloseComrades start a new one]] despite being part of the same training cadre and assigned to the same task force. Preston's conduct towards her alone would probably get him reassigned, especially considering the fight he starts over her early in the film. A minor one, but both air-to-air kills in the movie are done with the unguided 70-mm Hydra rocket pods that would be used for ground attack, rather than the Stinger missiles each Apache is carrying that are designed for that kind of combat.


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* HappilyMarried: Little and his wife.


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* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: The Draken that starts strafing Little's downed chopper (and Guthrie) makes a few cannon runs and seems determined to hit the area just to the left of the Apache.
14th Jul '17 6:54:08 PM Lightning4119
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* HandicappedBadass: Jake Preston is discovered to suffer from a severe case of [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Eye_dominance Eye Dominance]], which makes it very difficult for him to use the Apache's monocle-based targeting system. Little helps him overcome this by [[ItMakesSenseInContext strapping a pair of panties onto Jake's head.]]

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* HandicappedBadass: For a certain value of handicapped. Jake Preston is discovered to suffer from a severe case of an [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Eye_dominance Eye Dominance]], eye dominance]] problem, which makes it very difficult for him to use the Apache's monocle-based targeting system.system, since he's left-eyed dominant and the monocle is mounted on the right side of the helmet. Little helps him overcome this by [[ItMakesSenseInContext strapping a pair of panties onto Jake's head.]]]] Little's wife mentions that Little himself had the same problem at one point.
18th Jul '16 6:28:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* DragonInChief: Eric Stoller is a mercenary helicopter pilot hired by the Cartels to protect their interests. He does not run the Cartels, and it is never indicated throughout the film that he is anything other than a DangerouslyGenreSavvy mercenary. Just the same, given that the primary mission of the heroes is to get rid of him so the DEA can go after the {{Big Bad}}s, he is given the primary focus as the bad guy, and in fact is the only bad guy to appear in the film, aside from some wide-angle shots from a scout chopper's camera, and a pair of fighter jets.

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* DragonInChief: Eric Stoller is a mercenary helicopter pilot hired by the Cartels to protect their interests. He does not run the Cartels, and it is never indicated throughout the film that he is anything other than a DangerouslyGenreSavvy cunning mercenary. Just the same, given that the primary mission of the heroes is to get rid of him so the DEA can go after the {{Big Bad}}s, he is given the primary focus as the bad guy, and in fact is the only bad guy to appear in the film, aside from some wide-angle shots from a scout chopper's camera, and a pair of fighter jets.
31st Mar '15 4:00:59 PM MarkLungo
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28th Mar '15 10:40:30 AM Morgenthaler
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A [[TheNineties 1990]] movie starring TommyLeeJones and NicolasCage as [[YanksWithTanks United States Army]] [[TheCavalry Air Cavalry]] helicopter pilots. The U.S. Army and the DEA are assisting government officials in Central America in fighting the increasingly militant [[TheCartel drug cartels]], but are unexpectedly outgunned by a mercenary pilot Eric Stoller, and his Scorpion attack helicopter. Captain Jake Preston (Cage), one of the few survivors of an [[CurbStompBattle aerial ambush]] in the beginning of the movie, must train hard to prepare for a new mission to hunt down and eliminate [[TheDragon Eric Stoller]].

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A [[TheNineties 1990]] 1990 movie starring TommyLeeJones Creator/TommyLeeJones and NicolasCage Creator/NicolasCage as [[YanksWithTanks United States Army]] [[TheCavalry Air Cavalry]] helicopter pilots. The U.S. Army and the DEA are assisting government officials in Central America in fighting the increasingly militant [[TheCartel drug cartels]], but are unexpectedly outgunned by a mercenary pilot Eric Stoller, and his Scorpion attack helicopter. Captain Jake Preston (Cage), one of the few survivors of an [[CurbStompBattle aerial ambush]] in the beginning of the movie, must train hard to prepare for a new mission to hunt down and eliminate [[TheDragon Eric Stoller]].
Stoller]].

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** WeaponsUnderstudies: The Scorpion Attack Helicopter that TheDragon flies is in fact an American-made [=McDonnell Douglas=] MD-500 Defender.
** EveryHelicopterIsAHuey: Utterly averted, though it is worth noting that the AH-1 Cobras seen in the intro are in fact a cousin of the Huey, being originally based on the UH-1.


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* EveryHelicopterIsAHuey: Utterly averted, though it is worth noting that the AH-1 Cobras seen in the intro are in fact a cousin of the Huey, being originally based on the UH-1.


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* WeaponsUnderstudies: The Scorpion Attack Helicopter that TheDragon flies is in fact an American-made [=McDonnell Douglas=] MD-500 Defender.
21st Nov '14 2:36:21 AM Patachou
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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The soundtrack includes snippets of "Mars" by GustavHolst during the final battle.

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* PublicDomainSoundtrack: The soundtrack includes snippets of "Mars" by GustavHolst Music/GustavHolst during the final battle.
19th Sep '14 1:47:12 AM southpaw2977
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* BondOneLiner: PlayedWith, after Preston crashes in the flight simulator.
-->''Pretend that we just [[DeathNotification notified your Next of Kin]].''

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* BondOneLiner: PlayedWith, Guthrie, after shooting down a Cartel fighter jet with a Stinger missile.
--> ''Snort that, Sucker!''
**PlayedWith by Little,
after Preston crashes in the flight simulator.
-->''Pretend that -->''Try to make-believe we just [[DeathNotification notified your Next of Kin]].''



* PreMortemOneLiner: Guthrie, before shooting down a Cartel fighter jet with a Stinger missile.
--> ''Snort this, Sucker!''

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* PreMortemOneLiner: Guthrie, before shooting down a Cartel fighter jet with a Stinger missile.
--> ''Snort this, Sucker!''
Preston, after he [[spoiler:dupes Stoller into over-flying him...]]
--->"Oops...you blew it"
19th Sep '14 1:27:52 AM southpaw2977
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-->''[[BigDamnHeroes Get away from her, you son of a bitch.]]''

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-->''[[BigDamnHeroes Get away from --> "You're not touching her, you son ''filthy piece of a bitch.]]''shit...''."
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