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Fire Birds (1990)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 25 May 1990 (USA)
Elite Apache helicopter pilots are tasked with destroying powerful armed drug cartels operating in South America.

Director:

David Green

Writers:

Step Tyner (story), John K. Swensson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Jake Preston
Tommy Lee Jones ... Brad Little
Sean Young ... Billie Lee Guthrie
Bryan Kestner ... Breaker
Illana Diamant ... Sharon Geller (as Illana Shoshan)
Dale Dye ... A.K. McNeil
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Janet Little
J.A. Preston ... General Olcott
Peter Onorati ... Rice
Charles Lanyer Charles Lanyer ... Darren Phillips
Marshall R. Teague ... Doug Daniels
Cylk Cozart Cylk Cozart ... Dewar Proctor
Charles Kahlenberg Charles Kahlenberg ... Oscar De Marco
Gregory Vahanian Gregory Vahanian ... Tom Davis
Robert Lujan Robert Lujan ... Steward Rives (as Bob Lujan)
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Storyline

The U.S. Government is willing to help any country that requires help in ridding themselves of drugs with support from the Army. Unfortunately, the drug cartels have countered that offer by hiring one of the best air-combat mercenaries and have armed him with a Scorpion attack helicopter. The army decides to send in its best people from its Apache Air Combat school. But first they have to be taught how to fly air-to-air combat missions Written by Michael O'Keefe <epamok@epa.ericsson.se>

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The best just got better.

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aguilas de fuego See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,358,761, 28 May 1990

Gross USA:

$14,760,451

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,760,451
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Catamarca Desert is specifically located in Argentina. See more »

Goofs

An OH-58D (The helicopter flown by Sean Young's character) can not be flown single-pilot in the left seat. Many of the Mission-Related controls are only available to the Right-hand seat (Pilot-in-command seat.) See more »

Quotes

Brad Little: [demonstrating Apache's capabilities to Preston] You could crash this thing at twenty G's and survive but I am NOT going to prove it to you!
Jake Preston: Darn.
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The Good Life
Written by David Young, Julius Robinson, Cindi Avent Robinson
Performed by Billy Trudel
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i was entertained
8 July 2008 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

i actually enjoyed this movie,which is basically Top Gun with Apache helicopters.i don't think it was a great movie,but it was entertaining.sure there's some bad dialogue and the movie is pretty low key for its kind.the romance angle comes off as silly and unnecessary.but the flying sequences were OK.at least they could have been worse,and i have seen worse.the movie doesn't exactly stretch the acting talents of Nicolas Gage,Tommy Lee Jones,Sean Young,or anyone involved,for that matter.the story is not original,either.yet,like i mentioned earlier,i was entertained,and that's something.for me,Fire Birds is a 6/10


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