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BAT-21

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1988
  • Peter Markle
  • 100 mins
  • 15

Summary

War drama, based on a true story, starring Gene Hackman and Danny Glover. Military tactician Lieutenant Colonel Iceal Hambleton gets a rude awakening to the realities of war when his plane is shot down over North Vietnam. Surrounded by the enemy, his only hope for survival is a spotter pilot, code-named "Birddog".

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Set during the Vietnam War, this film stars Gene Hackman as Lieutenant Colonel Hambleton (codenamed BAT-21), a military strategist who crashes behind enemy lines and is brought face-to-face with the human misery of the conflict. Hackman makes Hambleton's career soldier a strongly believable character, while Danny Glover is as excellent as ever as the pilot trying to track him down. However, the episodic nature of the sombre tale never allows the necessary sense of urgency to surface, while director Peter Markle backs off from any real commitment to the situation's dramatic irony.

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Credits

Cast

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Lt Col Iceal HambletonGene Hackman
Captain Bartholomew ClarkDanny Glover
Colonel George WalkerJerry Reed
Ross CarverDavid Marshall Grant
Sergeant Harley RumbaughClayton Rohner
Major Jake ScottErich Anderson
Colonel DouglassJoe Dorsey
Vietnamese manReverend Michael Ng
Boy on bridgeTheodore Woei-Shyong Chan

Crew

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DirectorPeter Markle

Details

Released on
1988-10-28
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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