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Bat*21 (Bat 21) (1988)

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Based on a true story, Bat 21 follows the harrowing adventures of Lt. Colonel Iceal Hambleton (Gene Hackman), whose plane is shot down over enemy territory while on reconnaissance behind enemy lines in Vietnam. 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. As the Air Force plans a risky rescue mission, he is befriended by pilot Bartholomew Clark (Danny Glover), who can't land to

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Drama, Action & Adventure

William C. Anderson, George Gordon

Dec 19, 2000

Media Home Entertainment

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I was reminded of Hackman's comment in Night Moves that watching a Rohmer film was like watching paint dry - although in this case, it's more like watching blood coagulate.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Faithful adaptation of the book.

April 22, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Enjoyable Vietnam War actioner with a good dynamic between Hackman and Glover.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

A good story overwhelmed by routine filmmaking.

January 14, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Great chemistry between Glover and Hackman highlight this intense little war flick.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Bat*21 (Bat 21)

An ok film about a man trapped behind enemy lines in the vietnam war with a good cast.
September 6, 2008
Deano78

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Bog standard militaristic flagwaving from Hollywood, as the two stars run around behind enemy lines while spouting golf terms through a walkie talkie. Hackman keeps it bearable; the only poignant moment is when he actually sees the results of his orders in human cost on the ground. But that's of course quickly glossed over to get back to the gung ho action. Brainless.
May 13, 2007
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xGary Xx

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Incredible true war story of the backroom bigwig in uniform shot down behind enemy lines, and the black pilot trying to get him out.
October 16, 2006
deano
Dean McKenna

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I saw this when a friend let me watch some burnt dvd's he had. I noticed it said "Gene Hackman" and "Danny Glover", so I put "Bat 21" in my DVD player.
I was in for a major suprise. An unheard of Movie Special!
This film is so AMAZING. I have underestimated myself, and have learned to give some unheard of movies a try. This film is sheer Moviegoing-Bliss. Pure Action-War Entertainment.
September 23, 2009
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