History Film / FlightOfTheIntruder

9th Nov '15 6:14:25 PM nombretomado
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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Grafton and Tiger Cole fly into restricted airspace and bomb a missile stockpile in downtown Hanoi, against standing orders. After a brief court martial, the judging officers learn that President RichardNixon has just authorized Operation Linebacker II, the unlimited aerial bombing of all enemy targets in North Vietnam, they are told not to tell anybody and returned to duty to avoid the embarrassment of punishing pilots doing precisely that.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Grafton and Tiger Cole fly into restricted airspace and bomb a missile stockpile in downtown Hanoi, against standing orders. After a brief court martial, the judging officers learn that President RichardNixon UsefulNotes/RichardNixon has just authorized Operation Linebacker II, the unlimited aerial bombing of all enemy targets in North Vietnam, they are told not to tell anybody and returned to duty to avoid the embarrassment of punishing pilots doing precisely that.]]
19th Apr '15 4:05:40 PM Dancedom
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[[caption-width-right:220:Starring Wilem Dafoe's mustache!]]

A [[TheNineties 1991]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]] based on a novel of the [[Literature/FlightOfTheIntruder same name]] by Stephen Coonts, taking place during the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. It follows the exploits of Lieutenant Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton following the death of his Bombadier-Navigator during a pointless air strike.

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[[caption-width-right:220:Starring Wilem Willem Dafoe's mustache!]]

A [[TheNineties 1991]] [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie]] based on a novel of the [[Literature/FlightOfTheIntruder same name]] by Stephen Coonts, taking place during the UsefulNotes/VietnamWar. It follows the exploits of Lieutenant Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton following the death of his Bombadier-Navigator during a pointless air strike.strike.

The film stars Creator/DannyGlover, Creator/WillemDafoe and Brad Johnson as Grafton.




* BillingDisplacement: Fourth-billed Creator/RosannaArquette hardly appears.
15th Apr '15 2:33:15 PM YT45
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** The Douglas A-1 ''Skyraider'', call sign "Sandy", is a cool plane just because it's a prop-driven attack plane in a war that's two decades into the jet age. It was also [[OldIsGood exceptionally good at its role, even in 1972]].

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** The Douglas A-1 ''Skyraider'', call sign "Sandy", is a cool plane just because it's a prop-driven attack plane in a war that's two decades into the jet age. It was also [[OldIsGood [[GoodIsOldFashioned exceptionally good at its role, even in 1972]].
15th Apr '15 2:32:33 PM YT45
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** The Douglas A-1 ''Skyraider'', call sign "Sandy", is a cool plane just because it's a prop-driven attack plane in a war that's two decades into the jet age.

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** The Douglas A-1 ''Skyraider'', call sign "Sandy", is a cool plane just because it's a prop-driven attack plane in a war that's two decades into the jet age. It was also [[OldIsGood exceptionally good at its role, even in 1972]].
15th Apr '15 2:29:18 PM YT45
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* ComingInHot: In the beginning of the film. There isn't anything particularly wrong with their plane, but Grafton's Bombadier-Navigator has been mortally wounded, and Jake is trying to help control the bleeding while trying to land the plane.

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* ComingInHot: In the beginning of the film. There isn't anything particularly wrong with their plane, but Grafton's Bombadier-Navigator has been mortally wounded, and Jake is frantically trying to help control the bleeding with one hand while trying to land the plane.plane with the other. [[RealityEnsues They almost crash upon landing and Morg dies from blood loss]].
15th Apr '15 2:27:14 PM YT45
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* ChekhovsGunman: The Phantom Shitter

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* ChekhovsGunman: The Phantom ShitterShitter. This nasty little prank is [[TruthInTelevision officially recognized by the US Navy]] as a sign of excessive boredom on a ship.
15th Apr '15 2:24:39 PM YT45
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* NewMeat: A new pilot has the bad timing to arrive very soon after the death of a beloved comrade. Everybody is too emotionally drained to come up with a nickname for him, they briefly consider calling him "New Guy", but decide on Razor instead.

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* NewMeat: A new pilot has the bad timing to arrive very soon after the death of a beloved comrade. Everybody is too emotionally drained to come up with a nickname for him, they briefly consider calling him "New Guy", but decide on Razor instead. Later, two more new guys join the unit and, at the now-veteran Razor's suggestion, are named New One and New Two.
15th Apr '15 2:21:57 PM YT45
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* HighSpeedMissileDodge: The pilots find themselves having to dive towards incoming missiles more than once in order to force them to overshoot. One pilot fails to do this, and is killed by the SplashDamage when the missile detonates near his plane.

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* HighSpeedMissileDodge: The pilots find themselves having to dive towards incoming missiles more than once in order to force them to overshoot. One pilot fails to do this, and is killed by the SplashDamage when the missile detonates near his plane. [[TruthInTelevision This really was the best way to evade the SA-2 missiles used by the North Vietnamese]].
15th Apr '15 2:19:13 PM YT45
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* FatalFamilyPhoto: [[spoiler: The Boxman]] dies soon after receiving a letter from a girlfriend saying they're having a baby.

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* FamousLastWords: Cole is wounded and surrounded by NVA, who are using him as bait. After telling the A-1 Skyraiders to bomb his position, he adds, "Alpha Mike Foxtrot," NATO phonetic for "Adios, motherfuckers."
* FatalFamilyPhoto: [[spoiler: The Boxman]] dies soon after receiving a letter from a Filipina girlfriend saying they're having a baby.
5th Feb '15 1:16:50 AM southpaw2977
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* NomDeGuerre: Being a movie about combat pilots, there are quite a few. Cool Hand, Razor, The Boxman, Morgue, Tiger, etc.

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* NomDeGuerre: Being a movie about combat pilots, there are quite a few. Cool Hand, Razor, The Boxman, Morgue, Morg, Tiger, etc.
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