(short of Top Gun
) is close to being the definitive boys' movie of the 1980s. An 18-year-old (Jason Gedrick) gets instruction from an old vet (Louis Gossett Jr) in how to fly an F-16 jet and kick butt in the Middle East, all while listening to his Walkman and--oh, yeah--saving his father from terrorist clutches. Gossett wears his tough-love face while the kids run rampant. Speaking of children, young guys must have like this comic-book movie, as its success spawned three sequels. But watch out for the Reagan-era jingoism and political reductiveness. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
When a US jet fighter pilot is shot down and taken prisoner in the Middle East, the American government claim they are unable to do anything to secure his release. The airman's 18-year-old son, Doug Masters (Jason Gedrick), decides to take matters into his own hands, 'commandeering' a F-16 fighter plane with the help of a retired Air Force colonel (Louis Gossett Jr.) and heading off on a potentially deadly mission.