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Wings Of The Apache [DVD]

4.1 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Young, Bryan Kestner, Dale Dye
  • Directors: David Green
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H1QQK0
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Action thriller starring Nicolas Cage as Jake Preston, a hotshot Army helicopter pilot who is being trained to use the US Army's Apache aircraft to destroy the drug fields of a South American drug cartel. It up to his taskmaster instructor Brad Little (Tommy Lee Jones) to teach Jake humble lessons before he can be trusted to launch into the skies against the drug dealers. While Jake is trying to tame his egoism, he engages in a torrid love affair with flying ace Billie Lee Guthrie (Sean Young).

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Topgun in helicopters.

Thats it. That tells you all you need to know! The plot line is incredibly similar. Young talented pilot, starts out well, has to go through a period of trial and self doubt, emerges to go to war and be a hero in battle. Picks up girl along the way.

The one standout feature of this film is Tommy Lee Jones: He has some absolutely fantastic one-liners in this film. He gets 110% out of the script and turns in a fine performance. While everyone else in the film is bland, his role is actually quite developed, with some great comic moments, some drama, and an actually rather well portrayed personal-life of being a man moving into middle age.

The air to air sequences are fantastic. The whole thing is absolutely unashamedly patriotic. There is no deep moral analysis of the rights and wrongs of war. This is a gung-ho movie from start to finish.

Definitely worth a watch over a couple of beers with the lads, although it has sadly dated now.
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AVAILABLE FROM U.S SITE ON REGION 'A' BLU-RAY.
Screen Legends - 'Tommy Lee Jones' as 'Brad Little' and 'Nicolas Cage' as 'Jake Preston' team up for this enjoyable 1990
movie.
In South America the drug Cartels rule the roost they have the back-up of hi-tech weaponry and a hired killer that controls
the sky's flying a high-speed and well armed 'Scorpion-Attack Craft' - 'Eric Stoller' (Bert Rhine) a deadly adversary.
An experience 'Jake' has seen first hand when piloting a troop-carrying Chopper, when two fellow pilots and their crew and
combat soldiers are shot out of the sky by 'Stoller'
This in effect has put the U.S army on a War-Footing, 'Jake' volunteers to join the 'Apache' team being made ready by 'Brad'
who is still considered the best
Other than a focus-issue which nearly scuppers his chances of joining the team, 'Jake' takes to flying the combat craft with
flying colours.
Of course romance is in the air 'Jake' has an eye for fellow chopper-pilot 'Billie' (Sean Young) though she rejects his early
overtures.....one just knows she'll succumb to his charms sooner rather than later.
Top-line pilot and trainer 'Brad' asks to be part of the offence against the Cartels, but is told he's too valuable in the role of
trainer......
Information is acquired by the Military suggests there is a 24-hour window when all the Cartel bosses will gather, the team
are ready to go knowing they will encounter stiff opposition which will of course include the deadly 'Stoller' flying the very
versatile 'Scorpion'
Enjoyable movie with sequences of high-flying action in which 'Nicolas Cage' does what the young star done best and 'Tommy
Lee'.......well, he's always a player worth watching on-screen.
Good Upgrade.......to the Blu-ray format.
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I remember seeing this in Canada way back in 1990 as Fire Birds. Then it limped out over here as Wings of the Apache. The other reviews hit the nail on the head, this is Top Gun with helicopters......... but not as good, infact it's so bad it's watchable for all the wrong reasons. Nic Cage's performance is so insane there is no way he should be let loose with a flying killing machine. He seems to be acting in a completly different movie like he belongs in a Elvis movie. Sean Young's performance seems to be like she is reading off que cards and both Young's and Cage chemestry is so wooden you just sit back and watch the splinters fly. The only one who seems to put in a performance is Tommy Lee Jones, but although this movie was filmed three years before The Fugitive he basicaly gives the same performance (not a bad thing) the plot is paper thin as America take on the Drug Cartel and have to go up against their best and most evil pilot. No guessing where this is leading. The flying sequences are good and pretty well staged, but over relient on duplicating the same shots. This film also contains one of the most lame motar attacks ever staged it's so obviouse they are fake. With a movie that has little tension, poorly written characters, no story and some of the dumbest strangest diologue, it's almost impossible to give a damn.
just watch and forget the moment it's finished and to top it all off Phil Collins is on the sound track. As a film it was dated in 1990 now it's tragic, it's so bad it's just about watchable with all it's terrible flag waveing patriotism and Cage's beetle black hair colouring.
Fire and Forget!
See if you liked......
Navy Seals.
Rambo III
Red Dawn.
Invasion USA.
Iron Eagle.
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This is a fair to middle dvd you put on when a bloke wants just to sit back and dream of doing something like blowing up stuff! Tommy Lee Jones is great in this film as an old warhorse refused to go on operations and Nicolas Cage is the new young upcoming arial assassin and protogee to Tommy, with and old flame returns to stir things up on the side Sean Young. All in all a good film to watch if you like no nonsense dogfights with AH 64 Apache helicopters. Enjoy
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The U.S. Government is willing to help any country that requires help in ridding themselves of drugs with support from the Army.

Unfortunately, the drug cartels have countered that offer by hiring one of the best air-combat mercenaries and have armed him with a Scorpion attack helicopter.

The army decides to send in it's best people from it's Apache Air Combat school.

But first they have to be taught how to fly air-to-air combat missions..

So the films not Top Gun, many people have said that, but it's not supposed to be that movie, this has Cage for crying out loud, and just when you thought he was going to put in a restraint performance, he goes balls to the wall.

Yes, the story isn't great, and the film is laughable toward the end with it's dodgy explosions and awful dialogue, but it's endearing rubbish, that doesn't last for long, and is quite enjoyable whilst it lasts.

Jones puts in another great performance, as does Cage, even though it's by the numbers stuff. Young is awful and thankfully her screen time just consists of her knocking back Cage, and shouting at him.

as I said before, it's no award winner by a mile, but switch your brain off and you could do a lot worse with ninety.

At least it's unintentionally funny.
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