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Iron Eagle IV - On The Attack

3.31 h 35 min1996PG-13
When an evil conspiracy is accidentally uncovered, only one man can prevent mass destruction.
Sidney J. Furie
Louis Gossett Jr.Jason CadieuxAl Waxman
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Joanne VannicolaMarilyn LightstoneVictoria SnowDean McDermottJason BlickerAidan DevineJeff PustilMax PiersigKaren GayleRoss HullRachel BlanchardDominic ZamprognaSean McCann
Mark AminJoel Newton CohenPeter R. Simpson
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4.5 out of 5 stars

544 global ratings

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  4. 4% of reviews have 2 stars
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MPwuzhereReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Iron Eagle II was fun and had some good actors in it so it ...
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Been a fan of Iron Eagle since I first saw it...basically it is at the same level of entertainment as Megaforce (not the Zord variety youngin's). Iron Eagle II was fun and had some good actors in it so it was watchable, but like other shows with combat aircraft in it, a lot of action scenes were from other movies, along with the original. I love how F-4's are "Soviet". Iron Eagle III I watched once, and thankfully cannot recall the plot. Now here we have Iron Eagle IV with the cover art of an F-16. "Sweet! More F-16 action!!!" Um...nope. Same action you saw in the 1st, 2nd, and you get to see it again. Thankfully this is an Air Force movie, else you would be watching endless Top Gun action scenes...cough... J*A*G!! Just in this one you see them on the ground in (I couldn't identify what the heck they were, and I'm not watching again to find out) and then suddenly in an F-16 with no missles then suddenly they have missles!! So there is my technical review of the movie...

Why watch Iron Eagle IV? It has Louis Gossett Jr in it, and you get to find out what happened to Doug Masters (even though it's a different actor from I & II). It's watchable if you can laugh off the technical side of it (Oh, besides JAG, who remembers Supercarrier? Endless Top Gun scenes too!)

I can say I have now watched this twice. I must have put it way back in my mind as I totally forgot about it and decided to watch it because I was like "OMG! Another Iron Eagle!!" <facepalm> Realized my mistake about 15 minutes in. Decided to finish just to painfully remind me what the end was. This time I can write a review to either remind me the next time I try to watch it if I forgot, or someone will be a fan of reused action scenes and watch anyway. Besides, who loved the fact the Alliance Troopers in Firefly were the same as from Starship Troopers?
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John BevanReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting but not as good as the others
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I like that the character of Doug Masters is back in this flick but the story is a bit weak. While enjoyable, it seems a bit hard for me to believe that a group of juvenile delinquents would be allowed out of a secured facility such as a "juvi hall" and into someplace as easy to enter (and exit) as an airfield. However, that is just one minor issue.

The biggest issue was the lack of security on anything. I mean, really, misfit kids penetrating an Air Force base with no resistance? Canisters of biological weapons allowed to leave the premises without anyone batting an eyelash? This was the most glaring error of the movie.

I can already hear others saying things such as "Well, what about the first movie in which Doug and Chappy steal a couple of fighters?" Yes, I know. That is more of the same lack of security, so maybe that is part and parcel to this franchise. At least the first movie had appropriate action sequences to make it fun and help one forget the silliness of the premise. This movie just moved a bit slowly, just like the T-6 trainers with their props, so that one had the chance to think about the details.

So, if you are a fan of Lou Gossett Jr. and/or a fan of the series and haven't seen this yet, give it a spin. However, if this is your first exposure to the movie series, do yourself a favor and watch the original either before this one to get a real taste of the concept or soon after watching this so that you can recover some faith in those Hollywood types who produced this film.
B. L. WrayReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
Iron Eagle: The Eagle has landed ... somewhere else.
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This movie is bad on all fronts.

PTSD flashbacks of Mig - 29's (that are actually F-4 Fantoms)

To a non sense story. To laughably bad bad guys... Nothing better than a bunch of kids able to escape armed military guys equipped with machine guns in a turbo prop plane.

Lou Gossett Jr seems to be the only trying his best to keep this crap fest on track but every other character is phoning it in so hard they are leaving messages on answering machines.

Love the fact they have an asthmatic as a pilot ... cause you know, demographics.
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KOSReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
This was a terrible story
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This is not the same guy who wrote the other Iron Eagle movies... and it shows..... Planes on the ground don't match the planes in the air..... The acting is terrible, at best. Unrealistic in any imaginable way.
EricReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
A movie about a man and his aircraft - but the writers don't know squat about aircraft.
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I had to stop watching a few moments in. Doug Masters is flying his F-16 and enters "Russian Airspace". He and his wing man are escorted our by, what he calls MiG-29's....yeah, those are some busted ass F-4 Phantoms. I couldn't watch it beyond that. Two stars because i don't feel i watched enough to really warrant one star. Also, the sync between audio & video was about 1.5 seconds off and made it even more painful to watch.
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Doris SeltzerReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Action packed
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This movie makes a complete set for me and was a wonderful movie. Very action packed and enjoyable to watch.
James ThompsonReviewed in the United States on October 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie
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This is a very good interesting and entertaining movie.
BoomerReviewed in the United States on June 21, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
The ugly eagle. Way too many things wrong
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I have watched all of these movies and they all fall short but this one took the cake. Inconsistencies between which jet they would show you from shot to shot was so bad. F-16 it is that a mig or what? Bad acting from the young cast and military uniforms were horrible. Generals that weighed about 300lbs.
All around bad but barely entertaining flick!
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