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Bat 21 (1988)

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A military strategist's aircraft is shot down in Vietnam while on an aerial reconnaissance mission. Having never received combat training, he is ill-prepared for survival, but due to the efforts of a rescue pilot he is able to hold out until the next day, when he is finally rescued.

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Cast

Gene Hackman
as Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton
Danny Glover
as Capt. Bartholomew Clark
Jerry Reed
as Col. Walker
Clayton Rohner
as Sgt. Rumbaugh
Erich Anderson
as Maj. Scott
Joe Dorsey
as Col. Douglass
Michael Ng
as Vietnamese Man
Rev. Michael Ng
as Vietnamese Man
Don Ruffin
as Helicopter Crew Member
Scott Howell
as Helicopter Crew Member
Bonnie Young
as NVA/VC Officer
Michael Raden
as Helicopter Crew Member
Timothy Fitzgerald
as EB-66 Officer
Tim Fitzgerald
as EB-66 Officer
Stuart Hagen
as EB-66 Officer
Jeff Baxter
as Helicopter Gunner
Alan King
as Helicopter Gunner
Bonnie Yong
as Viet Cong Officer
Willie Lai
as Viet Cong Officer
Martin Yong
as Viet Cong Officer
Jim Aman
as Viet Cong Officer
Freddie Chin
as Viet Cong Officer
Dennis Chong
as Viet Cong Officer
Liow Hui Chun
as Viet Cong Officer
Fung Yun Khiong
as Viet Cong Officer
Henry Lee
as Viet Cong Officer
Michael Lee
as Viet Cong Officer
Jeffrey Liew
as Viet Cong Officer
Fredolin Leong
as Viet Cong Officer
Benedict Lojingkau
as Viet Cong Officer
Walter Lojingkau
as Viet Cong Officer
Johnny Michael
as Viet Cong Officer
Clarence Mojikon
as Viet Cong Officer
Wilod Nuin
as Viet Cong Officer
Harold Sinpang
as Viet Cong Officer
Paul Yong
as Viet Cong Officer
Conidon Wong
as Viet Cong Officer
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Critic Reviews for Bat 21

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A straightforward, surprisingly somber picture that sticks to the facts.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

An unsatisfactory mix of low-key heroics, buddy-buddy humour, and anti-war sentiment ..

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film has a solid, simple story, an effective cast and a fair amount of grit.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

"BAT*21" is the kind of lean, no-nonsense war film Hollywood used to make back before the subject became burdened with metaphysical insights.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's smart, but not too smart, like a Chuck Norris movie if Chuck got a PhD.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Bat 21

½

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.

Joseph Eastmond
Joseph Eastmond

Super Reviewer

½

An ok film about a man trapped behind enemy lines in the vietnam war with a good cast.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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