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Nicolas Cage stars in the below-par action film Firebirds -- a dying ember from Reagan-era nationalistic jingoism. In this Top Gun retread, Cage plays Jake Preston, a hotshot Army helicopter pilot who is being trained to use the U.S. 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). The film was originally titled Wings of the Apache for the U.S. Army Apache assault helicopters that are prominently displayed in the film. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:May 25, 1990

Cast

Nicolas Cage
as Jake Preston
Tommy Lee Jones
as Brad Little
Sean Young
as Billie Lee Guthrie
Bert Rhine
as Stoller
Bryan Kestner
as Breaker
Dale Dye
as A.K. McNeil
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Janet Little
J.A. Preston
as Gen. Olcott
Judson Spence
as Singer
Kristin Wynn
as Jesse Little
Marshall Teague
as Doug Daniels
Mickey Yablans
as Butch Tippet
Peter Michaels
as Lt. Steve Dobbs
Peter Onorati
as Rice
Phillip Troy
as Dance Partner
Robert Lujan
as Steward Rives
Samuel Hernandez
as Latino Pilot
Scott Williamson
as Scott Buzz
Illana Shoshan
as Sharon Geller
Mike Fenton
Judy Taylor
Valorie Massalas
Charles Kahlenberg
as Oscar DeMarco
Charles Lanyer
as Darren Phillips
Cylk Cozart
as Dewar Proctor
Gregory Vahanian
as Tom Davis

Crew

David Green
Director
William Badalato
Producer
John K. Swensson
Screenwriter
Dale Dye
Screenwriter
Paul F. Edwards
Screenwriter
Tony Imi
Cinematographer
Peter Afterman
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Phil Collins
Songwriter
Jon Poll
Editor
Norman Buckley
Editor
Joseph T. Garrity
Production Designer
Pat Tagliaferro
Art Director
Dale Dye
Co-producer
John K. Swensson
Co-producer
Keith Barish
Executive Producer
Arnold Kopelson
Executive Producer
Jerie Kelter
Set Designer
Bill Rea
Set Designer
Pat Tagliaferro
Special Effects
Dennis Madalone
Stunts
Mike Fenton
Casting
Judy Taylor
Casting
Valorie Massalas
Casting
Step Tyner
Short Story Author
B.J. Davis
Stunts Coordinator
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