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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

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Cast

Danny Glover
as Cdr. Frank Camparelli
Willem Dafoe
as Lt. Cdr. Virgil Cole
Brad Johnson
as Lt. Jake Grafton
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
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
Duane Matthews
as Jack `Hammer' Johnson
Eddie Badiang
as Cole's Killer
Minh Huu Do
as Pathet Lao Soldier
Brian Khaw
as NVA Officer
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

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

March 17, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
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Less entertaining than any of the leads have ever done.

September 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/5
Moviehole

Inert gung-ho Vietnam adventure.

July 27, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/5
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