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Based on a true story, Bat 21 follows the harrowing adventures of Lt. Colonel Iceal Hambleton (Gene Hackman), whose plane is shot down over enemy territory while on reconnaissance behind enemy lines in Vietnam. Because Hambleton used to call the shots from behind a desk, he lacks combat survival experience and is forced to adapt while the enemy surrounds him on all sides. As the Air Force plans a risky rescue mission, he is befriended by pilot Bartholomew Clark (Danny Glover), who can't land to pick up Hambleton due to the enemy activity but keeps him company by radio. Hambleton's plight takes a turn for the worse once the brass decide to execute an intensive bombing mission in the area, whether or not they can rescue Hambleton. The colonel, meanwhile, confronted for the first time by the horrors of war, begins to reassess his role in the bloodshed. An overlooked film at the time of its release, Bat 21 is a smaller war picture that focuses on an ordinary man in an excruciating situation, and how it ultimately changes his life. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:October 21, 1988

Cast

Gene Hackman
as Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton
Danny Glover
as Capt. Bartholomew Clark
Jerry Reed
as Col. George Walker
David Marshall Grant
as Ross Carver
Clayton Rohner
as Sgt. Harley Rumbaugh
Erich Anderson
as Maj. Jake Scott
Joe Dorsey
as Col. Douglass
Don Ruffin
as Helicopter Crew
Jeff Baxter
as Helicopter Gunner
Alan King
as Helicopter Gunner
Michael Lee
Timothy Fitzgerald
as EB-66 Officer
Michael Raden
as Helicopter Crew
Willie Lai
as NVA/VC Officer

Crew

Peter Markle
Director
Evzen Kolar
Producer
Marc Norman
Screenwriter
Peter Markle
Screenwriter
William C. Anderson
Screenwriter
William C. Anderson
Book Author
George Gordon
Screenwriter
Mark Irwin
Cinematographer
Christopher Young
Composer (Music Score)
Stephen E. Rivkin
Editor
Art Riddle
Art Director
Terry Weldon
Art Director
David Saunders
Co-producer
Mark Damon
Co-producer
Gary A. Neill
Co-producer
Michael Balson
Co-producer
Jerry Reed
Executive Producer
Jerry Rees
Executive Producer
Ike Magal
Sound/Sound Designer
Evzen Kolar
Line Producer
Philip Holahan
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Louis Lazzara
Makeup
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
Pilot
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