Owen Gleiberman
February 01, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

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+

During the last phase of the Vietnam War, a cocky young bomber pilot (Brad Johnson) struggles to get over his buddy’s death in combat. Desperate for some “payback,” he teams up with Cole (Willem Dafoe), a fearless flier on his third tour of duty, and the two men take part in an unauthorized bombing mission over Hanoi. Director John Milius isn’t using Vietnam to make any sort of ideological statement. He’s more concerned with exploring the emotions of fear, courage, mourning. Flight of the Intruder is slow and not very exciting, but for a Milius picture, there’s some real feeling in it.

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