Bat 21

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2000
  • UPC: 027616854261
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

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
Jeff Baxter Helicopter Gunner
Timothy Fitzgerald EB-66 Officer
Stuart Hagen EB-66 Officer
Scott Howell Helicopter Crew
Alan King Helicopter Gunner
Willie Lai NVA/VC Officer
Michael Lee
Rev. Michael Ng Vietnamese Man
Michael Raden Helicopter Crew
Don Ruffin Helicopter Crew
Theodore Chan Woei-Shyong Boy on Bridge
Bonnie Young NVA/VC Officer
Technical Credits
Peter Markle Director, Screenwriter
William C. Anderson Screenwriter
Michael Balson Co-producer, Producer
Audrey M. Bansmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Everett Creach Stunts
Vince Cresciman Production Designer
Mark Damon Co-producer
David Fisher Co-producer, 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, 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
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