Bat 21

Bat 21

Director: Peter Markle, Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed

Cast: Peter Markle, Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed

     
 
Gene Hackman and Danny Glover star in this hard-hitting true story from the Vietnam war, which has been given a sturdy presentation on DVD. Bat 21 has been given two transfers to disc for this release -- one in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (with the images enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors) and a pan-and-scan

Overview

Gene Hackman and Danny Glover star in this hard-hitting true story from the Vietnam war, which has been given a sturdy presentation on DVD. Bat 21 has been given two transfers to disc for this release -- one in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (with the images enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors) and a pan-and-scan version at the full-frame ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Surround; the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in French and Spanish. The movie's original trailer is included as a bonus.

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All Movie Guide
Bat 21 is based on the real-life exploits of Lieutenant Colonel Iceal Hambleton, a high-level desk jockey who's never seen the war upfront -- until he's shot down and forced to see it far closer than he ever wanted. In this way the film, shot on location in Malaysia, is unique among war movies, particularly Vietnam films. We see the horrors of war, not through the jaded eyes of a combat veteran or the innocent view of a trembling young recruit, but through the eyes of an older man who's been part of war for years, but has never really known what that meant. He has managed to be both intimately involved in the war and to have kept his hands free of blood, if only physically. Like him, we start the movie alienated from the dark events that often constituted the war, and through him, we come to know better. Due to the extensive and sensitive nature of his knowledge, Hambleton's real-life retrieval became the largest one-man rescue effort of the Vietnam war -- and highly controversial, given the real and potential losses involved in his safe return. Though Bat 21 packs a real punch, it does not set out to chronicle the violence of Vietnam with the same honest brutality of films like Platoon. Instead, it is a personal movie, a film that tells the story of two men whose fates have become intertwined, Gene Hackman's Hambleton and Danny Glover as the pilot who won't abandon him, and both men excel in their roles. Compared to more expansive, more traditional war films, the personal focus of Bat 21 is unique. The end result is a taut, suspenseful story of two atypical cinematic warriors, a combat story whose relative "smallness" is refreshing.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2000
UPC:
0027616855527
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
1,437

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton
Danny Glover Capt. Bartholomew Clark
Jerry Reed Col. George Walker
David Marshall Grant Ross Carver
Clayton Rohner Sgt. Harley Rumbaugh
Erich Anderson Maj. Jake Scott
Joe Dorsey Col. Douglass
Willie Lai NVA/VC Officer
Michael Ng Vietnamese Man
Theodore Chan Woei-Shyong Boy on Bridge
Bonnie Young NVA/VC Officer
Jeff Baxter Helicopter Gunner
Timothy Fitzgerald EB-66 Officer
Stuart Hagen EB-66 Officer
Scott Howell Helicopter Crew
Alan King Helicopter Gunner
Michael Raden Helicopter Crew
Don Ruffin Helicopter Crew
Michael Lee Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Markle Director,Screenwriter
William C. Anderson Screenwriter
Michael Balson Co-producer
Audrey M. Bansmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Everett Creach Stunts
Vince Cresciman Production Designer
Mark Damon Co-producer
David Fisher Co-producer
George Gordon Screenwriter
Craig Huston Asst. Director
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Richard Johnson Special Effects
Evzen Kolar Producer
Louis Lazzara Makeup
Ike Magal Sound/Sound Designer
Gary A. Neill Co-producer
Marc Norman Screenwriter
Jerry Reed Executive Producer
Jerry Rees Executive Producer
Art Riddle Art Director
Karen Riddle Set Decoration/Design
Stephen E. Rivkin Editor
David Saunders Co-producer
James Terry Welden Art Director
Terry Weldon Art Director
Christopher Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Logos/Title/Credits [4:23]
2. Aerial Attack [3:43]
3. "Bird-Dog, It's Bat 21!" [4:44]
4. Pit Stop & Briefing [3:54]
5. Under Cover of Night [3:31]
6. Cards & Conversation [2:17]
7. Tapped Surveillance [4:10]
8. "Too Damn Close!" [6:57]
9. Heading for the Swani [1:49]
10. "Tell Me About It" [2:19]
11. Casualties of War [5:54]
12. Code Word: Golf [4:27]
13. Asleep at the Wheel [3:46]
14. Midnight Confession [4:49]
15. "Looks Quiet" [5:22]
16. "The Village Is Hot!" [1:37]
17. "Abort Mission!" [2:40]
18. "Don't Shoot!" [3:30]
19. A Mine Field Walk [4:56]
20. Fiery Revenge [2:35]
21. "We Lost Six People!" [2:31]
22. An Unlikely Savior [4:19]
23. Crash Course [4:09]
24. Rescue at Last [4:47]
25. "It's the Air Strike!" [3:08]
26. Stubborn Survivors [2:57]
27. "Drinks Are on Me!" [2:08]
28. End Credits [3:05]
Side #2 -- Pan & Scan
1. Logos/Title/Credits [4:23]
2. Aerial Attack [3:43]
3. "Bird-Dog, It's Bat 21!" [4:44]
4. Pit Stop & Briefing [3:54]
5. Under Cover of Night [3:31]
6. Cards & Conversation [2:17]
7. Tapped Surveillance [4:10]
8. "Too Damn Close!" [6:57]
9. Heading for the Swani [1:49]
10. "Tell Me About It" [2:19]
11. Casualties of War [5:54]
12. Code Word: Golf [4:27]
13. Asleep at the Wheel [3:46]
14. Midnight Confession [4:49]
15. "Looks Quiet" [5:22]
16. "The Village Is Hot!" [1:37]
17. "Abort Mission!" [2:40]
18. "Don't Shoot!" [3:30]
19. A Mine Field Walk [4:56]
20. Fiery Revenge [2:35]
21. "We Lost Six People!" [2:31]
22. An Unlikely Savior [4:19]
23. Crash Course [4:09]
24. Rescue at Last [4:47]
25. "It's the Air Strike!" [3:08]
26. Stubborn Survivors [2:57]
27. "Drinks Are on Me!" [2:08]
28. End Credits [3:05]

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