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Flight of Intruder [DVD] [1991] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Danny Glover , Willem Dafoe , John Milius    DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Sizemore
  • Directors: John Milius
  • Writers: David Shaber, Robert Dillon, Stephen Coonts
  • Producers: Brian E. Frankish, Lis Kern, Mace Neufeld, Ralph Winter
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2003
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000094J5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,867 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low octane 30 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
John Milius with an aircraft carrier to play with - he must have thought he'd died and gone to Valhalla, or at least until Flight of the Intruder got trapped in release date hell and proved his last theatrical release to date. Originally scheduled for Summer 1990, but put back to avoid a clash with Air America, its Autumn release was then postponed so that Paramount could use it as a standby for the cinemas that had booked Godfather III just in case Coppola didn't finish editing in time. He did. Then, to cap it all, three days after finally opening in the States in a re-edited version, the first Gulf War started, rendering it almost unpromotable because of his gung ho reputation.

Yet in actuality, hawkish sentiments confined to a great one-line riposte to Jane Fonda's Sixties politicking, Intruder continued the mellowing of Milius and is rather more aware than Top Gun of the moral implications and complications of its tale of Navy pilots during the Vietnam war. It's not without its problems: Willem Dafoe gives an uneasy performance and is prone to a VERY odd giggle even by his standards while Danny Glover doesn't actually appear to have anything to do until the last reel (Rosanna Arquette has even less reason to be there), with Basil Poledouris' score far from the standards of his previous collaborations with the director (the composer shared in the bad luck, dropping out of Dances With Wolves to score his friend's film, with disastrous consequences for his career at the time) - but it was none the less a qualified return to form for the director.

It also shows how his strengths and weaknesses had become reversed, his interest in quieter moments now taking precedence over the pyrotechnics and plotting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I confess that I have a weakness for John Millius movies, as he made some very good ones - "Dillinger", "Conan the Barbarian", "Farewell to the King" - and some very special ones, like "Red Dawn" and precisely "The flight of Intruder". I also have a special sympathy for him, because he is a very persistant and courageous member of one of the least protected minorities in the world - an unrepentant right-wing film-maker in Hollywood! This is maybe the reason why I liked "The flight of the Intruder" a little bit more than it deserves - but ultimately I think that four stars are rather a fair rating. And here are the reasons why:

1. The story. This tale of a mini-rebellion amongst American pilots flying routinely dangerous and useless bombing missions over North Vietnam in 1972, during which they can not, for political reasons, attack any military relevant targets, is very appealing. From the beginning I rooted for both heroes - Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton and Virgil Cole - and I was really worried about what will become of them. Also, the great finale of the movie reminded me of one of my favourite war films, "The bridges at Toko Ri".

2. The cast. It is very impressive, even if Brad Johnson who plays the main character (Jake Grafton) is not a major star (and his character is not particularly flamboyant) - but Willem Dafoe (Virgil Cole) and especially Danny Glover (Squadron Commander Frank Camparelli) were given here an opportunity to display all their talent and they give an incredible show!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars finally a war film by someone who was there! 20 Dec 2000
By A Customer
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if you have read the book which is excellent by the way you will love this film it is like top gun (but keeps the romance to the minimum) but with a bomber instead of a fighter (for a change). The story is set in the vietnam war and is about the a pilot jake grafton whose bombardier is killed while on a routine bombing mission 'hitting a bunch of trees'he becomes jaded and starts to question why are they fighting a war that no one wants to win,so he and his new bombardier virgil cole who agrees with graftons thinking decide to do there own mission and hit a worthwhile target for a change this scene includes some very convincing visual effects that make you believe that you are flying with them and makes a change from the usual unconvincing war films effects and as much as possible uses real aircraft and not models on wire,the only small thing that lets the film down is after the opening scenes the story meanders along until cole turns up,but still is a good film and has some good scenes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flight of the intruder 20 Jun 2014
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I love this film, so decided why not get this on dvd to add to my collection, if you love moves like top gun, then this movie would be a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great All Star line up 6 April 2014
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Great film, I love this sort of movie an all star cast telling the story of the missions the Intruder pilots were sent on to drop bombs on the enemy but most were just groups of trees, the not very good intelligence reports and the increasing loss of pilots and navigators dying for nothing contributes to two of the staff on a night-time routing bombing only dropping the minimum number so as to keep the remaining ones to use in an unofficial mission of their own on the way home. They risk court martial if they carry this out and the action continues right up to the end and there is some great flying. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on Amazon, I bought this years ago...
Seriously review readers, I did. It has been on my DVD shelf for so long, if it had not been dusted, it would be invisible by now. The DVD is a great one, the film that is. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars great
a well written and directed war movie packed with action and strong performances from defoe and glover it is a good portrayal of the Vietnam conflict from a different angle that of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by andylarner
5.0 out of 5 stars brings it all back
saw this on tv years ago and recorded it on vhs,thought when the tape broke lost film for ever,never could find a dvd in the shops,,and for less than a beer or burger,great... Read more
Published 10 months ago by david hoar
5.0 out of 5 stars Flight of the Intruder
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all around
Published 11 months ago by Les
4.0 out of 5 stars True to Life
Probably the best Aviation film of the Viet Nam conflict, very little of the Gung-HO flag waving, just a story of aircrew trying to get the job done under US Government... Read more
Published 17 months ago by GDM Bussey
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fighter Plane War Film!
Pre-Top Gun era, this film sets the standard for any aviation war film that has come after it. I even think I hear some mild Top Gun'esque music in the background in some scenes.
Published on 10 July 2010 by stuartclark1982
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Blu-Ray Version
Just to clarify, as Amazon seem to mix 'n' match these days, this is a review of the Blu-Ray version, imported from the US. Read more
Published on 2 May 2010 by Northern Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gun Plus!
Ok, so this isn't Top Gun: There's no Tom Cruise, no greased hunks playing volleyball, no steamy love affair with an instructor. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2009 by S. Keens
4.0 out of 5 stars Intruder
Previously I had owned this title on VHS. Having recently watched "Top Gun", I decided to re-visit Intruder and purchased the DVD. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2009 by Robert Finnegan
2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity
A big budget, big name stars and the opportunity to make a war film from a slightly different perspective - but as in the best Hollywood tradition let down with a poor script,... Read more
Published on 21 July 2009 by SJN
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