History Film / FireBirds

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...''."
27th Jul '14 9:29:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* BackedByThePentagon: The producers received quite a bit of assistance from the Arizona [[HomeGuard National Guard]] in particular.
20th May '14 10:31:00 AM Angeldeb82
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* BondOneLiner: PlayedWith, after Preston crashes in the flight simulator.
-->''Pretend that we just [[DeathNotification notified your Next of Kin]].''



* DescriptionPorn: Tommy Lee Jones delivers pretty much any time his character says anything having to do with his job, and most especially while discussing the AH-64 Apache [[spoiler: and while giving Guthrie a last-minute briefing on how to assemble and utilize the FIM-92 Stinger Surface To Air Missile launcher.]]

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* DescriptionPorn: Tommy Lee Jones delivers pretty much any time his character says anything having to do with his job, and most especially while discussing the AH-64 Apache [[spoiler: and while giving Guthrie a last-minute briefing on how to assemble and utilize the FIM-92 Stinger Surface To Air Missile launcher.]]launcher]].



* DrivesLikeCrazy: Billie Guthrie driving Jake's [[CoolCar Corvette]]. Jake driving a jeep [[spoiler: with panties and a periscope on his head.]]

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* DrivesLikeCrazy: Billie Guthrie driving Jake's [[CoolCar Corvette]]. {{Co|olCar}}rvette. Jake driving a jeep [[spoiler: with panties and a periscope on his head.]]head]].



* PostMortemOneLiner: PlayedWith, after Preston crashes in the flight simulator.
-->''Pretend that we just [[DeathNotification notified your Next of Kin]].''



* RecycledINSPACE: It's ''Film/TopGun'' IN ARMY HELICOPTERS! One of the primary complaints about the film, in fact.

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* RecycledINSPACE: RecycledInSpace: It's ''Film/TopGun'' IN ARMY HELICOPTERS! One of the primary complaints about the film, in fact.



* ThisIsForEmphasisBITCH: Jake snarls the line rather than shouting it. Which would make sense, given that Stoller wouldn't be able to hear him anyways.

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* ThisIsForEmphasisBITCH: ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: Jake snarls the line rather than shouting it. Which would make sense, given that Stoller wouldn't be able to hear him anyways.
17th May '14 8:28:54 AM GuyIncog
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* BlindDriving: When Preston has trouble flying using the monocle display, Little's solution is to have him try to drive a Jeep with a toy periscope ([[RuleOfFunny and a pair of bright red panties]]) covering hia eyes. While he ''can'' see through the periscope, his field of view is so narrow that he requires constant guidance from Little to avoid crashing.
17th Apr '14 5:59:31 AM AFP
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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; the UH-60 is a direct descendant of the UH-1 "slick" transport variant.

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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; the UH-60 is a direct descendant of the UH-1 "slick" transport variant.UH-1.
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