Taglines: Trapped behind enemy lines. A whole army after him… And only one man can save him.
Lt. Col. Iceal “Ham” Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he’s in is going to be carpet-bombed but a temporary shortage of helicopters causes a delay. Working with an Air Force reconnaissance pilot, Capt. Bartholomew Clark, he maps out an escape route based on golf courses he has played. Along the way however, he has to face enemy forces and the death of some of his fellow soldiers.
Bat*21 is a 1988 American war film directed by Peter Markle, and adapted from the book by William C.. Anderson, novelist and retired United States Air Force colonel. Set during the Vietnam War, the film is a dramatization based upon the rescue of a U.S. signals intelligence expert shot down behind enemy lines in Vietnam. The film stars Gene Hackman and Danny Glover with Jerry Reed, David Marshall Grant, Clayton Rohner, Erich Anderson and Joe Dorsey in supporting roles.
Directed by: Peter Markle
Starring: Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed, David Marshall Grant, Clayton Rohner, Erich Anderson, Joe Dorsey, Timothy Fitzgerald
Screenplay by: William C. Anderson
Production Design by: Vincent M. Cresciman
Cinematography by: Mark Irwin
Film Editing by: Stephen E. Rivkin
Costume Design by: Audrey M. Bansmer
Art Direction by: Arthur Riddle, James Terry Welden
Music by: Christopher Young
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release Date: October 21, 1988