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1.92

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Worth A Look: 15.38%
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Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap69.23%

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When Eagles Strike
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by Scott Weinberg

"Where's John Rambo when you need him?"
1 stars

One might be tempted to classify this movie as "ripped from the headlines" when in fact "ripped from the trash heap" would be an infinitely more accurate assessment.

Hoping to use our current state of warfare as a hot-button issue, When Eagles Strike (also known as Operation Balikatan) is just about one of the most laughably inept war movies ever produced.

Stacy Keach (the only recognizable actor in evidence and the one who looks the most humiliated about it) leads a gang of gung-ho U.S. soldiers who have to rescue a Senator who's been taken as a POW by evil Iranians...or Iraqis. As far as this movie's concerned, they're just "evil brown people" lined up to be mowed down in an endless series of Machine Gun Moments.

Words like "Al Qaeda", "Taliban" and "Bin Laden" are strewn throughout the bargain-basement banality in an effort to make the proceedings feel topical and...well, interesting. These attempts are constantly thwarted by the atrociously nonsensical dialogue, the uproariously amateurish acting performances and a meandering plot narrative that can best be described as...retarded.

And shock of all shocks: the DVD comes courtesy of Roger Corman's "New Concorde" schlock-house. Taken as a movie worthy of the Mystery Science Theater treatment (get a few drunk, chatty friends and When Eagles Strike is a certifiable hoot) you might find something of entertainment value within.

If, however, you're looking for a solid war movie, just keep on walkin'

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User Comments

7/19/14 Logan Not as bad as people say, though very homoerotic. Still, Boeving is a stunning action hero. 4 stars
6/07/08 Walliss88 After I got over that awful beret Stacy Keach wore, it wasnt half bad. Crystal clear pic. 3 stars
2/04/07 Kroka Ville The gayest movie ever made. But also the funniest 5 stars
10/29/04 Sgt Weaver Ronald J Marines do not leave their dead behind. Scene seven. Movie should be shitcaned. 1 stars
7/17/04 Mark Boeving is the man, and he's good in this 4 stars
5/06/04 STeven Speilberg fan Your an idiot Spiel! You made the best movie of all time SCHINDLERS LIST. 1 stars
5/04/04 Stephen Spielborg hey, it's better than anything I've ever done. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Apr-2004 (R)
  DVD: 07-Feb-2006

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