The Flight of the Intruder (1991)




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Two pilots go against the rule book in a bid to win the war in Viet Nam in this speculative military drama. Lieutenant Jake Grafton (Brad Johnson) is a U.S. Navy pilot stationed aboard an aircraft carrier after the death of his one-time flying partner Morgan McPherson (Christopher Rich), who perished during a recent, ill-advised mission. Lt. Grafton, who has become cynical about the current state of military affairs, is convinced that if the war were left to the soldiers rather than the politicians overseeing the Pentagon, United States victory would be swift and assured. Grafton shares this opinion with Virgil Cole (Willem Dafoe), a supremely confident new pilot under his command, and together they commandeer an A-6 Bomber, known as The Intruder, for an unauthorized bombing raid against Hanoi. The city had been declared off-limits because it was believed that it would have a negative impact on the Paris peace talks, so the raid lands Grafton and Cole in hot water. However, when the talks break down, President Richard Nixon authorizes the pilots to lead a new strike against Hanoi with everything they've got. Ving Rhames and David Schwimmer both appear in small roles that predated their respective rises to fame (in fact, this was Schwimmer's first movie). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama
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Danny Glover
as Cdr. Frank Camparelli
Willem Dafoe
as Lt. Cdr. Virgil Cole
Brad Johnson
as Lt. Jake Grafton
Tom Sizemore
as Boxman
J. Kenneth Campbell
as Cowboy Parker
Dann Florek
as Mad Jack
Ving Rhames
as C.P.O. Frank McRae
Justin Williams
as Lt. Sammy Lundeen
Fred Dalton Thompson
as Captain Copeland
Scott N. Stevens
as Hardesty
Adam Nelson
as Little Augie
John Corbett
as Big Augie
Adam Biesk
as Librarian
Reb Brown
as Air Boss
Hugo Napier
as Newsman
David Schwimmer
as Duty Officer
Richard Fancy
as Intelligence Captain
Rick Dano
as Fighter Pilot Drunk
Grove E. Johnson
as Bartender `Skipper'
Jonnie C. Pangyarihan Sr.
as Filipino Taxi Driver
Akio Mitamura
as Sniper
Duane Matthews
as Jack `Hammer' Johnson
Eddie Badiang
as Cole's Killer
Minh Huu Do
as Pathet Lao Soldier
Brian Khaw
as NVA Officer
Akio Matamura
as Sniper
Ken Wright
as Aide
David G. Price
as Admiral
Mike Jolly
as Merchant Thug
Tom Kriss
as Merchant Thug
Jeff O'Haco
as Merchant Thug
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Critic Reviews for The Flight of the Intruder

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Decent Vietnam war film. Dafoe's presence can only help.

March 17, 2003

Less entertaining than any of the leads have ever done.

September 18, 2002

Inert gung-ho Vietnam adventure.

July 26, 2002

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October 22, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Flight of the Intruder

Lt. Jake Grafton: "Fighter pukes make movies. Bomber pilots make... HISTORY!" A classic military movie. The 'Top Gun' of attack planes, pilots. Was somewhat true in regards to over flights of North Vietnam. A kick-ass movie right at the time that Navy Intruder pilots were over Iraq and Kuwait in Desert Storm.

Jack Carter
Jack Carter

1/28/2015: Horrible! The book was ok and the studio made the story worse. They changes too much and didn't develop the characters at all!

Russ Bast
Russ Bast

A rather forgettable Vietnam War movie that features a weak script that holds back what could have been an interesting story.

Chris Hart
Chris Hart

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