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Black Thunder (1998)

When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands. There is only one man who can get ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Marcus Aurelius Marcus Aurelius ... Hinkle
Catherine Bell ... Lisa
Michael Cavanaugh ... Barnes
Michael Dudikoff ... Vince
Frederic Forrest ... The Admiral
John Furey ... Moore
Landon Hall Landon Hall ... Eileen
Gary Hudson ... Jannick
John Lafayette ... Demuth
Robert Madrid ... Stone
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda ... Rojar
Richard Norton ... Rather
Dean Scofield ... Captain Jones
Sonny Surowiec ... Alias
Marc Vahanian ... Radio Operator
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When the top secret prototype of the Nova Stealth fighter has been stolen, the Pentagon launches big alarm; the plane shouldn't come into hostile hands. There is only one man who can get back the plane; the test-pilot Vince Conners. He and his partner Jannick pursues the Nova to Libya but when they land at the site their mission fails. Jannick has been captured and Conners is on the run. Without friends or allies they have to try to find the Nova without falling into the hands of the military regime and before Libyian terrorists uses the plane to bomb a meeting of the United Nations in Paris, with nerve gas. Written by Laurens Koehoorn <laurens.koehoorn@planetinternet.be>

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The World's Most Powerful Jet Fighter Is In Enemy Hands. Only One Man Can Steal It Back.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Thunder - Die Welt am Abgrund See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Dolby SR

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Color
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Trivia

Shots of the SR-71 taking off are from Michael Dudikoff's Strategic Command (1997), and the scenes on board the aircraft carrier are from Dudikoff's Crash Dive. See more »

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When the pilots are discussing the SR-71, they mention 'the usual weapons.' The SR-71 never carried weapons; its construction was too light to support them, and the plane went so fast that they'd be hundreds of miles away from its target by the time it fired. The SR-71 was the best reconnaissance aircraft ever made, superseded only by satellite intelligence, but it was completely unarmed. See more »

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Remade as Flight of Fury (2007) See more »

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Typical B grade
14 May 2001 | by DavidDevSee all my reviews

Typical B grade action movie, probably made with a desperately tight budget & in a record time! The series of flight action scenes are tailored for the adrenaline junkey, but they were clearly extracted from other film footage. Don't expect too much on the acting side of things...it is well below par. For me, the worst portion of the movie came via the ridiculous and suicidally dumb Libyan soldiers, charging the opposition openly and without proper cover. How stupid can you get, Mr Director ? And how is it possible for two guys with hand-pistols and limited ammunition to fight off several soldiers with machine-guns and other automatic weapons...doesn't make sense. Even more so, the director finds enough time between gunfire exchanges to allow the "hero" to say farewell to one of his wounded buddies...ridiculous.

On the positive side, I must say, I've heard alot about Landon Hall, and the scene (or scenes)where she struts her stuff, makes this film worth the while. She's simply gorgeous. Rent this if (a) you're a fighter plane enthusiast or (b) a Landon Hall fan. As simple as that.


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