A fine example of what is lacking in the film industry today. (by jbrotman23)
To speak of "Fire Birds" is to speak of one of the greatest cinematic achievements in recent years. Every aspect of this film is pristine and unique from many films. The writing stands out above all else. Whether it's Tommy Lee Jones talking about why he joined the military; "I wanted to be a full blown American hero, cookin' full tilt boogie for freedom and justice," or Cage's "Are you ever gonna let me win?" The moment where, after a fight with his girlfriend, Nicolas Cage kicks the air in exasperated anger as his girlfriend walks away and wipes a <more>
single tear from her eyes, easily brings many to remember such powerful moments as Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet with their arms spread on the Titanic and such classic lines as "I made him an offer he couldn't refuse." "Fire Birds" truly stands the test of time and will for many years to come.FUN FACT: The Dahli Llama has said, after viewing the film, that he believes that if Jesus does one day return to Earth, before he brings on the Reckoning, he will pause for 90 minutes and view the film before letting all involved in the film into heaven first.
Now that the movie is about 17 years old I decide to write a review. This movie came out about the time I was preparing for my selection to flight school. At the time I really wanted to fly the Apache, but would have ended up flying Blackhawk helicopters.It really made learning to fly helicopters in the Army a bit more glamorous than it really is, of course. It was, however, a good movie that helped to represent the Army's side of Top Gun. The downside is that flying helicopters is not nearly as fast as flying F-14's, A-4's, and F-5's. The upside is that flying helicopters is <more>
much more difficult than flying the fighters. This movie accurately depicted the concentration and skill that it takes to fly an attack helicopter.the need to get our girlfriends and wives out to the movie required the typical love plot that is always required to get and keep their attention and fill downtime in the film. Jet A was not even cheap way back in the 1990's.A former military buddy worked on the set of the film. He noted that Sean was pretty cocky and arrogant. When the day was over her limo would roll up with her minions and off they went, never addressing folks on the set. Nicholas Cage was a polar opposite and was very open to even having a drink with the guys and girls after filming was complete. He made sure everyone felt included, as I understand it. That must be one of the reasons that his career took off...he is just wonderfully charismatic.
Popcorn,soft drink, Fire birds...yea a good time (by ninjapizzeria)
I have always been a helicopter fan,growing up i put models together, so i was excited when i heard about Fire Birds. One of the pilots that did the flying in this movie served in Vietnam and Desert Storm, so yes you are seeing a real army pilot fly real helicopters its not like the cgi crap in today's movies. Is it 100% accurate? no, is the dialogue mind blowing? no, there are some corny lines, but if you care about stuff like that then id suggest watching a documentary on PBS, but if you want a good solid action movie that entertains , then i say check it out. I give it 2 thumbs up.On a <more>
Technical note. I had this movie on VHS and DVD, for some reason the VHS copy had better sound, when i put the DVD in i would have to turn the volume way up but it still didn't sound as good as the VHS copy
Ignoring the plot, ignoring Nicholas Cage, ignoring all the other actors, this is the movie that hooked me on TLJ. He absolutely nailed the character! His performance alone is worth watching the movie. It almost seems the character was written with him in mind. I may disagree with most of his political positions but he is one amazing actor MIB2 aside - even he couldn't save it .Was the plot a ripoff of Top Gun? Debatable, though there were definite similarities. I'm not a big Nicholas Cage fan except for National Treasure , and Fire Birds did not change that, although he did have a <more>
few good one-liners. His performance was slightly above mediocre. The special effects were good, but not great.I would recommend seeing this movie once, and then draw your own conclusions. TLJ's portrayal of Brad Little "Gonna take my little girl fishing..." is well worth seeing. The rest of the movie? Eh, maybe not so much.
"Fire Birds" 1990 is reminiscent of "The McConnell Story" 1955 , without the action scenes. Although the characters, dialog, and technical aspects of the film may be highly fictionalized, it is accurate and realistic enough to provide splendid entertainment in the tradition of Hollywood's golden era. June Allyson, playing a 'steely' girlfriend, would have been proud to fly alongside her man. Sean Young aptly takes on the role, while showing both a dedication for America, as well as a love for her man. She patriotically flies for her country, while <more>
cheering-on and encouraging her man enthusiatically played by Nicolas Cage . Cage plays a young, 'hotshot' flier, with plenty of arrogance and too-much ego, until he truly learns humility from his helicopter trainer well-played by Tommy Lee Jones . The film includes the danger and the romance of flying, as well as the privilege to serve as a flying ace. Like "The McConnell Story" 1955 , I did not find the dialog to be the least bit 'corny'. June Allyson excelled as the 'good', but rather-emotional and naive wife. Sean Young excels as the 'sexy', sometimes-naughty and sometimes-nice girlfriend. But, Sean makes it quite clear that she wants to be a flier, as much as she wants to be a girlfriend or a wife. And, I do not think it is the least bit 'corny' that Sean displays a love for her country, as much as she displays a love for her man. Unlike June Allyson in "The McConnell Story" 1955 , Sean Young does not wish to take on the traditional woman's role. Like her man, she has a dream to fly. And, like Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones, she excels in her role as June Allyson does in "The McConnell Story" . And, there is plenty of 'meat' in the dialog, which is far from superficial. Whether it be Tommy Lee Jones talking about why he joined the military "I wanted to be a full blown American hero, cook-in full tilt boogie for freedom and justice" , Nicolas Cage "Are you ever gonna let me win?" , or after Sean Young wipes a single tear from her eyes. Nicolas Cage, Sean Young, and Tommy Lee Jones provide plenty of inspiration and strength. I rate this film an 8 out of 10, and highly recommend it to anyone who has a love for his-and-her country. With an open-and-patriotic heart, the film should make one stand up and cheer!
This is definitely NOT a Top Gun wannabe, as some have labeled it.Nicolas Cage, at 26, stars in this exciting Bush, Sr. era-based actioner involving the former president's promise to assist any and all countries who ask for help in battling drug lords and their business.Cage may have been the star of this film, but Tommy Lee Jones stole the limelight...utterly. He shines through, and his co-starring role eclipses everyone else, including Cage. Fitting, all things considered, as Tommy Lee Jones was in his prime and already a seasoned actor at this time. This film showcases some great <more>
action segments, awesome aerial sequences, and a solid story. I was thoroughly entertained, and miss the days of good, quality actioners.This rates an 8.4/10 from...the Fiend :.