Michael Sauter
July 19, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Flight of the Intruder

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
115 minutes
performer
Rosanna Arquette, Willem Dafoe, Danny Glover, Brad Johnson, Ving Rhames, David Schwimmer, Tom Sizemore
director
John Milius
distributor
Paramount Pictures
genre
ActionAdventure, War

We gave it a C-

Released in theaters at the start of Desert Storm, Flight of the Intruder, a bombs-over-Vietnam adventure hoped to catch America in a fighting mood. Instead, it was thoroughly overshadowed by real events. And seen on its own terms six months later, it’s still nothing special.

The movie sticks a good cast in some stock military roles: Brad Johnson is the ace fly-boy, Willem Dafoe the hardened veteran, Danny Glover the tough but compassionate commanding officer. For romantic interest, Rosanna Arquette is around as a lonely war widow. For substance, there’s an unauthorized raid on Hanoi that’s meant to point up the absurdity of Vietnam and at the same time blow off some steam. But it’s hard to care about any of it. Director John Milius (Conan the Barbarian, Red Dawn) keeps his manly emotions so battened down there’s virtually nothing to relate to. Nor is there any release in the aerial action sequences: On the small screen, they’re literally lost in the clouds. What’s left is a routine war movie that’s worse than untimely; it’s unexciting. C-

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