Flight Of The Intruder

Synopsis: After his bombardier is killed, Jake "Cool Hand" Grafton (Brad Johnson)', a carrier-based Intruder pilot, questions the purpose of Navy bombing missions. He finds an ally for his cynicism in Virgil Cole, a bombardier on his third tour of duty, and together they ponder the notion of one unsanctioned mission "downtown", to "Sam City" in North Vietnam.
Director(s): John Milius
Production: Paramount
 
IMDB:
5.7
Rotten Tomatoes:
25%
PG-13
Year:
1991
115 min
$14,587,732
405 Views


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Three Communist PT boats

attacked an American destroyer

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off the coast of Vietnam

yesterday,

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and today, President Johnson's

response was hard and tough.

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He has ordered the U.S. Navy

to continue patrolling there,

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and if they are attacked,

to destroy their attackers.

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I understand the feelings

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of those who regret that

we must undertake air attacks.

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I share those feelings.

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Some nights, we're

the only airplane going up...

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going up into the north

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and when you're thinking

you're the only Americans

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over North Vietnam,

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it kind of makes you wonder

just a little bit, you know.

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"What am I doing here?"

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We have carefully limited

those raids.

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They've been directed

at concrete and steel

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and not human lives.

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There are at least 850

antiaircraft and missile sites

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around Hanoi and Haiphong.

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These figures make

Hanoi's air defense

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the toughest in the world.

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If you can get between...

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a ridge between you

and that radar site,

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they can't guide

a missile at you.

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It's just when you get down

in the delta in the flatlands,

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that 30-mile ring around...

the city of Hanoi,

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it's... it's a bear.

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Representatives of Hanoi

simply returned our message

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in a plain envelope.

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Residents of North Vietnam's

capital felt confident

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in the knowledge

that their city was off-limits

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to U.S. warplanes.

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With American sons

in the fields far away,

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I shall not seek, and l

will not accept the nomination

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of my party for another term

as your president.

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The greatest honor

history can bestow

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is the title of peacemaker.

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Do you think it's worth it?

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Yeah, l... I don't know.

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They... they say we're

fighting for something.

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I don't know.

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Through a long and bitter

struggle in Vietnam,

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American fighting men

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have served the cause

of freedom magnificently.

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You're... you're pretty scared

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when you have to roll in

on something out there,

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especially when you look down,

and you see nothing

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but a black cloud or

a white cloud down below you.

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It's a... it's about as...

as scary a mission

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as I've ever been on.

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I think it tries you

to just about the maximum,

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you know, the missions.

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Hey, Morg.

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Did you ever notice how...

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how some nights you could see

more stars

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than other nights?

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Huh? You ever notice that?

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Hmm?

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The stars.

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Oh, yeah.

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I've got an update.

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I'm cycling to

the coast-in point.

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You're getting

in a rut.

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You're getting in a rut.

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I mean, did you ever

stop to think

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you're taking your job just

a little bit too seriously?

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Look at me--

I enjoy my work.

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Yeah, I'll bet.

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See, I'm happy.

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See? Look.

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Enemy search radar

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Iooking for company.

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Okay...

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Time to get on down.

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Here we go.

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Black Eagle, Devil 5-0-5.

Feet dry.

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That's a roger, 5-0-5.

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Look at that small-arms fire

down there, Morg.

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Every cousin with a rifle, huh?

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Jesus, you call that a rifle?

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I lost them.

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Yeah, you hope.

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You got that riverbend ahead?

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Just picked it up.

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One more minute on this heading

to the turn point.

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23 Mike, Mike-- I see them.

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Go active on ECM.

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Jam 'em up.

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ECM active.

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We're jammin'.

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Where is it?

You got it? You see it?

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No, not yet.

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SAM, 10:
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Jam!

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Ah, Jesus.

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That was a piece of cake.

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This is it.

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Stepping in to attack.

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Arm 'em.

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Your pickle is hot.

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Get us up to 500 feet, partner,

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unless you want to frag

your ass.

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Nag, nag, nag.

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Ground lock.

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Steady...

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They're off!

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If you got the time,

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Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon is a screenwriter and film producer. In 1976 he was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen for French Connection II. In 2001 he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for Waking the Dead. Beginning his career in 1959, he has nearly fifty years of experience. more…

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