TriStar Pictures | Release Date: October 21, 1988
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Engdoff6Apr 14, 2019
Good acting in this realistic story with a lot of suspense. The scenery appears to be just like Vietnam. The only flaw is that the north Vietnamese soldiers were carrying m-16's, instead of ak-47's. All in all a very good movie worth seeing again.
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Steven1981Mar 20, 2020
Bat 21 is a drama/ war movie made in 1988 and has many well crafted, made and directed action scenes. There's a couple of rescue attempts and the first involving a few helicopters which sadly costs one of the pilots (David Marshall Grant) hisBat 21 is a drama/ war movie made in 1988 and has many well crafted, made and directed action scenes. There's a couple of rescue attempts and the first involving a few helicopters which sadly costs one of the pilots (David Marshall Grant) his own life as he steps on a mine then gets shot and others in the chopper too. Peter Markle brings beautiful scenery and through most of the film a peaceful tranquil vibe and atmosphere which is nice but the war scenes and violence dull the peaceful atmosphere at times. There's many explosions and bombs going off in Bat 21 which look impressive to add to the violence and misery of the situation. The film opens with Lt. Colonel Iceal Hambleton (Gene Hackman) playing golf then seconds later a huge helicopter lands to collect Hackman. Moments after he is briefed on some mission or something then his aircraft goes down leaving him stranded near enemy territory but he keeps a low profile most of the time, avoiding the enemy. Not long after he parachutes out of the downed craft another aircraft fly's along and Danny Glover who's the pilot and codenamed "Bird Dog" gets a communication from Bat 21 (Hackman) and both stay in touch daily and Glover always wants a exact fix on Hackman's position. Days go by until two rescue attempts to get Hackman out of there are done but the first fails but Glover is Hackman's only chance to be rescued since he's in danger and stranded near enemy personnel. One of the best and beautiful war movies ever made with very violent scenes, blood and suspense. Bat 21 delivers top notch entertainment. Expand
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