Hambledon has a bead on him but then shakes his head in disgust and looks away without firing. This movie is extremely underrated! After reports were received of a jungle highway carrying a major troop movement, Hambleton decided one day to go along on a mission and have a look. Lieutenant Tom Norris, and Vietnamese S. Because Hambleton used to call the shots from behind a desk, he lacks combat survival experience and is forced to adapt while the enemy surrounds him on all sides. There's a book by the same name as the movie written by a Air Force vet and current airline captain that is very good and I'd recommend it highly. For any war buffs out there, this was a good movie to sit back and watch the some of the more unique tactics used to survive in bad situations.
Two helicopters were lost and members of its crews were killed or captured. Hambleton said after the war that he felt sure if he were captured that he would never have been taken to Hanoi. His plane was shot down, he parachuted, and was stranded in the jungle with a survival kit, a pistol and a radio. Colonel Iceal Hambleton Gene Hackman , who volunteers for a piece-of-cake-like patrol in an U. . Advertisement Because Hambleton had access to high-level secrets, his rescue became more than usually important, and the movie is the story of how the Air Force tries to get him out despite bad weather, bad luck and its impending plans to carpet-bomb the enemy movements in the immediate vicinity.
Jerry Reed and David Marshall Grant appear here and both give nice supporting performances even though the movie belongs to Hackman and Glover. All in all this is a Vietnam movie that certainly deserves a good rating, because it is one of the better in the genre that I've ever seen. But do if you just want some piece of Hollywood action with a very vague true background. Based on true life of a lieutenant colonel stranded deep in Vietcong territory , nowadays retired and living in Arizona near a golf camp. Not only does Clark have to get Hambleton out of there before good ol' Charlie finds him, he has to get him out of there before U. It's a tribute that these two military men in caring for one another in a difficult situation.
Some new release movies become unavailable for downloading for a limited time due to licensing restrictions. Although I have some doubts, the movie claims to be based on a true story. Mark Irwin also adds another key asset to the film by showing several terrific shots of the jungle and countryside. Petty Officer Nguyen Van Kiet using a canoe to infiltrate to Hambleton's position, and rescue him. Synopsis Based on a true story, Bat 21 follows the harrowing adventures of Lt. There's a book by the same name as the movie written by a Air Force vet and current airline captain that is very good and I'd recommend it highly. He did well for 90 minutes or so.
Gene Hackman has done so much good stuff that this is just a solid performance for him, but David Grant and Clayton Rohner are both great. Good for Vietnam war movie fans and big fans of the lead actors. At some point Hackman succeeds in begging off a possible massacre like My Lai when a copter and crew is shot down and executed by the Cong who take shelter with the civilian villagers. Still, even if they have done so, I must say that it still is a very nice movie. Glover is equally aces as the tireless pilot.
Gene and Danny makes this something to watch and not forgotten to soon. Hambleton's harrowing ordeal was recounted in the book Bat 21 1980 , which was made into this movie. I was on Hamburger Hill in the A Shau valley, flew in Laos and some in North Vietnam. A poignant and well-crafted true of surviving any war that observes a soon-to-be retired Air Force Lt. The acting is superlative, from all involved. Hackman has returned in past to Danville several times and is well know. Because Hambleton is concerned that the enemy may be eavesdropping on his radio frequency, he comes up with a code for discussing his movements with Birddog.
Not knowing what to expect, we decided to take a chance watching it on cable when it was shown the other night; it was a complete surprise. Of course, there are always budget restraints and other considerations that come into play. The music is also good and fits the film by composer Christopher Young! The story begins true to the feeling if not the details of the actual incident, and revolves around the relationship between Ham, who discovers what war is really about, and Clark, the Forward Air Controller responsible for coordinating his rescue. Danny Glover's best performance outside of the Royal Tenenbaums, i don't care what anyone says lethal weapons are utterly overrated. Especially thanks to the nice performances of Gene Hackman and Danny Glover, this movie really works well. No way would the Green Giant pilot attempt the pickup under fire against orders when no one else is with him. Still he's someone that Army headquarters will go more than the extra mile for to see he does not fall into enemy hands.
Thiagarajah, who flew both on- and off-camera. During the rescue operation, five aircraft were shot down, 11 airmen were killed in action, and 2 were captured. Air strikes are sudden, and incredibly destructive. He has no combat experience, has never gotten close to the front lines, and is horrified by his encounter with a Vietnamese family that leads him to kill for the first time. Five years when the war ended I joined the Army. The cinematography and use of locations in this film is spectacular, too, and really heightens the narrative effect. Get the book, you won't regret it and you'll read about real heroes.