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October 22, 2016
excellent visual for understanding 'Nam......
½ June 13, 2016
A helicopter pilot crashes in war torn Vietnam and is soon rescued.
½ April 15, 2015
The little war pic that could....good story with one great performance(Hackman0.
½ January 17, 2015
I apologize, but I do not understand how they managed to take a very intense and one of a kind Vietnam War story, star Gene Hackman and Danny Glover and turn it in to a (I apologize, but there is no other way around it) pile of steaming crap. This movie has no value whatsoever. I can not imagine who at their right mind at any point thought about this movie and figured that "wow, this was a cool, well made, action movie - awesome script, awesome story, awesome screenplay". Damn it, I have no polite words for it. It is just something that is there, there on your screen and it will be there for 1 hour and 40 minutes and when it ends it seems like all it was was some colors flashing on your screen and occasional face of Glover/Hackman/Reed. It was there and it actually wasn't. Dear lord, I am just speechless.

November 11, 2014
Fantastic Look At How Tough It Was To Be Shot Down In Vietnam. The Jungle & Overwhelming Sense Of Being At War With The Elements As Well As An Unseen Enemy Come Right Through & He Story Grips You With Hackman's Superb Acting. Amazing That It Is A True Story Also.
September 14, 2014
Hackman caught behind enemy lines.
½ June 9, 2014
Friday, June 6, 2014

(1988) Bat 21

Story based from an actual person by the name of William C. Anderson from his own book of the very same name, who not only provided the screenplay but was also credited as a consultant. Takes place during the Vietnam War, with 'weapons countermeasures expert' Lieutenant Colonel Iceal "Ham" Hambleton(Gene Hackman) becoming stranded in the jungle after the plane he was in was shot down who appears to be the only survivor equipped with him is a walkie-talkie. And it is up to Captain Bartholomew Clark (Danny Glover) flying a "Cessma 337 Skylander" to keep him from either getting captured for a possible information leak or killed. And to keep each of their actual identities a secret, they each have to communicate with each other by using codenames- "Bat 21" as the movie is called is Hambleton's code name with Clark's code name is called "Bird dog". The scenes between Hackman and Glover are genuinely worth watching since both are veteran actors, but the rhythm in terms of the story structure itself by producers and anybody else who also wanted their two-cents in is convoluted since viewers never find out how the Vietnamese army ever find out that "Bat 21" is really a 'weapons countermeasures expert'! And the other thing that was very troubling was near the end when the movie was trying to convince viewers that the village was isolated, and it wasn't. That entire scene was dumb and was obviously there because producers wanted it to be there to liven the experience since they didn't think that to have two great actors correspond to one another was entertaining enough.

2 out of 4 stars
½ February 14, 2014
A well made, well paced and highly entertaining Vietnam war film. This is a good film for some Saturday afternoon entertainment with your dad.
½ October 23, 2013
I quite liked this the story seemed to be told well and made for a good war film
June 1, 2013
Ruddy brilliant movie.
March 28, 2013
Vietnam War drama, based on the true story of Air Force Lt Col Iceal Hambleton, who in 1972 was shot down behind enemy lines and lived to tell the tale thanks to his own ingenuity and a concentrated search-and-rescue effort by his comrades. In this version of events, Hambleton is played by Gene Hackman while Danny Glover stars as Cpt "Bird-Dog" Clark - a Forward Air Control pilot who acts as the link between Hambleton on the ground and the brass back at base. It's a race against time to get Hambleton out before a massive bombing campaign - intended to disrupt a local NVA offensive - flattens the area.

This is a perfectly decent flick with good performances and intense behind-enemy-lines action but outside of the comradery that develops between the two leads over the radio (think Bruce Willis/Reginald VelJohnson in Die Hard), it doesn't do an awful lot that you won't have seen before. Pretty cliched too. It only takes one scene with Glover's happy-go-lucky pilot buddy to know he's a dead man!
December 15, 2012

I thought that the film presented some accurate depictions of the Vietnam War. However the acting particularly by the main characters made them act more like civilians in military uniforms rather than people who had been in the military for a while and understood the consequences of being in the military. I also got the feel of a film made in the time in which the film was created rather than a feel of a film that looked like it was filmed during the time period of the Vietnam era. I also felt like this film had a lot of unnecessary swearing which did not add to the films plot.
December 7, 2012
Could be worth a look interesting story there.
½ November 18, 2012
Average Vietnam war movie features Gene Hackman and Danny Glover but lacks anything particularly special beyond its two leads. Hackman portrays a high level Air Force guy who has a plane go down behind enemy lines, and Glover is the pilot doing his best to rescue him. This isn't really a bad movie, but it isn't particularly good either.
½ October 21, 2012
Exciting and well told story
½ September 21, 2012
Great dialogue and performances by the leads.
May 10, 2012
Not a typical high budget American propaganda movie, although it did seem a little self absorbed. This was based on a true story, of a higher up military man who inadvertently ends up alone in the jungles of Vietnam waiting to be rescued but having to go at it alone. It's clear that he's never really been in the heat of battle and therefore is unskilled. Because of his rank, he is a high priority for rescue but as the movie goes on, he does seem to come to a realization that people have sacrificed their lives for him and that there are many innocent people affected by what both sides are doing. By the end he seems more humbled and is rescued. Not bad, but it's nt something I would watch over and over. But I'm glad i watched it
December 13, 2011
Made more enjoyable through Hackman and Glover's chemistry.
December 11, 2011
Bat 21 is barely talked about in the Vietnam war genre which is really too bad. It's a damn good movie. A strong triple shot cast w/ Gene Hackman, Danny Glover & 'Snowman' Jerry Reed. For those who like balls out Nam movies like Rambo or masterful ones like Platoon you might be disappointed but there is a lot of strength in the story of a man who is past his war time prime downed behind enemy lines who must wait & survive until the heat has cooled so he can be rescued. Glover is Hackman's eyes in the sky who never got the military promotions that he rightfully deserved but w/ his compassion for his fellow man is the beacon of perseverance. Hackman rarely gives you a bad movie & Bat 21 is one that should have a little more notoriety & not be as neglected as it seems to be
½ October 11, 2011
History lovers might enjoy this more then the average movie lover.
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