Fire Birds

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Fire Birds (originally titled Wings of the Apache and released internationally under that name) is a 1990 action-thriller film directed by David Green and produced by William Badalato, Keith Barish and Arnold Kopelson. The storyline was conceived by retired Lt. read more
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Fire Birds (originally titled Wings of the Apache and released internationally under that name) is a 1990 action-thriller film directed by David Green and produced by William Badalato, Keith Barish and Arnold Kopelson. The storyline was conceived by retired Lt. Colonels Step Tyner and John K. Swensson and retired Marine Capt. Dale Dye and developed into a screenplay written by Paul F. Edwards, Nick Thiel and uncredited David Taylor. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones and Sean Young. Cage is cast as a helicopter pilot attempting to help dismantle a drug cartel in South America. Jones plays his pilot instructor and senior ranked military officer during his flight training, while Young portrays his love interest. Production of the film was a co-production between the Walt Disney Studios and Nova International Films. It was commercially released under Disney's Touchstone Pictures label. The movie featured elaborate aerial stunt sequences, involving combat helicopters. Fire Birds premiered in theaters nationwide in the United States on May 25, 1990 grossing a modest $14,760,451 in domestic ticket receipts. The film was met with negative critical reviews before its initial screening in cinemas; generally due to its melancholy dialogue and striking plot similarities to the more popular 1986 action film Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis.

Original Release

05/25/1990

US Release

05/25/1990

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Cast

Nicolas Cage Jake Preston
Tommy Lee Jones Brad Little
Sean Young Billie Lee Guthrie / Billie Lee Guthries
Bryan Kestner Breaker
Dale Dye A.K. McNeil
Illana Diamant Sharon Geller
Peter Onorati Rice
Marshall R. Teague Doug Daniels
Gregory Vahanian Tom Davis
Cylk Cozart Dewar Proctor
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

David Green

Writers

Step Tyner, John K. Swensson, Dale Dye, Nick Thiel, Paul F. Edwards

Cast

Nicolas Cage Jake Preston
Tommy Lee Jones Brad Little
Sean Young Billie Lee Guthrie / Billie Lee Guthries
Bryan Kestner Breaker
Dale Dye A.K. McNeil
Illana Diamant Sharon Geller
Peter Onorati Rice
Marshall R. Teague Doug Daniels
Gregory Vahanian Tom Davis
Cylk Cozart Dewar Proctor
Charles Kahlenberg Oscar De Marco
Robert Lujan Steward Rives
Charles Lanyer Darren Phillips
Mary Ellen Trainor Janet Little
J.A. Preston General Olcott
Scott Williamson Scott Buzz
Mickey Yablans Butch Tippet
Bert Rhine Eric Stoller
Peter Michaels Steve Dobbs
Richard Soto Captain Tejada

Producers

Keith Barish Executive Producer
Arnold Kopelson Executive Producer
Bill Badalato Producer
Bettina Gilois Producer
Dale Dye Producer
John K. Swensson Producer

Editors

Norman Buckley, Dennis M. O'Connor, Jon Poll

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