Another of my 1980s guilty pleasure movies.
Iron Eagle is a 1986 action film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Jason Gedrick and Louis Gossett, Jr. While it received mixed reviews, the film earned US$24,159,872 at the U.S. box office. Iron Eagle was followed by three sequels: Iron Eagle II, Aces: Iron Eagle III and Iron Eagle on the Attack, with Gossett, Jr. being the only actor to have appeared in all four films.
The basis of the fictional story in the film relates to real life attacks by the United States against Libya over the Gulf of Sidra, which involved U.S. bombings in both 1981 (see Gulf of Sidra incident), and 1986 (see Action in the Gulf of Sidra).
Doug Masters (Jason Gedrick), son of veteran U.S. Air Force pilot Col. Ted Masters (Tim Thomerson), is a music lover and an experienced civilian pilot, hoping to follow in his father's footsteps. Then, his hopes are dashed when he receives a notice of rejection from the Air Force Academy. Making matters worse is the news of his father being shot down and captured by...