Bat 21
Bat 21 (1988)

A military strategist's aircraft is shot down in Vietnam while on an aerial reconnaissance mission. Having never received combat training, he is ill-prepared for survival, but due to the efforts of a rescue pilot he is able to hold out… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 21, 1988
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2000
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I was reminded of Hackman's comment in Night Moves that watching a Rohmer film was like watching paint dry - although in this case, it's more like watching blood coagulate.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The film has a solid, simple story, an effective cast and a fair amount of grit.

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Cathy Burke
United Press International

Bat 21 belongs to Hackman and Glover, and director Markle has the good sense to let these two veterans take over the show.

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Variety Staff

A straightforward, surprisingly somber picture that sticks to the facts.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"BAT*21" is the kind of lean, no-nonsense war film Hollywood used to make back before the subject became burdened with metaphysical insights.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Faithful adaptation of the book.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

An unsatisfactory mix of low-key heroics, buddy-buddy humour, and anti-war sentiment ..

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

It's smart, but not too smart, like a Chuck Norris movie if Chuck got a PhD.

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Brian Mckay

Enjoyable Vietnam War actioner with a good dynamic between Hackman and Glover.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
An ok film about a man trapped behind enemy lines in the vietnam war with a good cast.
Joseph Eastmond
I saw this when a friend let me watch some burnt dvd's he had. I noticed it said "Gene Hackman" and "Danny Glover", so I put "Bat… More
xGary Xx
Bog standard militaristic flagwaving from Hollywood, as the two stars run around behind enemy lines while spouting golf terms through a walkie talkie. Hackman… More
Barry Lappin
Danny Glover is a great actor...Hackman is his usual best.
Dean McKenna
Incredible true war story of the backroom bigwig in uniform shot down behind enemy lines, and the black pilot trying to get him out.