Fire Birds
Fire Birds (1990)

Nicolas Cage stars in the below-par action film Firebirds -- a dying ember from Reagan-era nationalistic jingoism. In this Top Gun retread, Cage plays Jake Preston, a hotshot Army helicopter pilot who is being trained to use the U.S.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 24, 1990
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 10% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the talent on board, Fire Birds is little more than a subpar military adventure sporting video game-like action, outdated philosophy, and uneven acting.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

If you think of movies as big-screen video games, see Fire Birds. If not, you may want to skip this Top Gun with copters and cartels.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Sir. No, sir.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

It seems to have been written by some studio hack screenwriter, isolated from the world since 1941 in some forgotten movie studio storage room stocked with Spam, Lucky Strikes and a copy of the Monroe Doctrine.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

David Green structures the film in the mold of the time-honored boys-into- men military exercise, but don't go looking for The Sands of Iwo Jima.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

The action here is more like something you'd expect to pop a quarter in a machine for.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It may not be as glossy as Top Gun, but Fire Birds is still an above average B movie.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Lean, mean, clean and empty-hearted, Fire Birds is a video-game recruiting poster with a bomb ticking inside--a bomb that never goes off.

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Variety Staff

Fire Birds resembles a morale booster project leftover from the Reagan era.

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Brian Orndorf

In a certain way, with the help of insomnia and perhaps the closure of one eye, Fire Birds actually works in a minor key. Let's just say it's the best 77-minute Apache helicopter actioner starring Nicolas Cage I've ever seen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
If making movies was like a game of chess then this film is the equivalent of a game of checkers. Shadows of Top Gun (made 4 years earlier)are all over this… More
I saw this movie by accident. Tommy Lee Jones had some good throwaway lines though.
Jason Owens
Jake Preston (Nicolas Cage) is a helicopter pilot training for war against a famous nemesis. Jake is the most skilled flyer of everybody, but he has a team of… More
RJ MacReady
A blatant Top Gun ripoff, this movie showcases the US Army Apache Helicpoter. Nicolas Cage assumes the Tom Cruise role as the hotshot helicopter pilot training… More
Dean King
At last!!! I have been trying to remember the name of this film and find it for ages! Known as Wings of the Apache in the UK. This is basically Top Gun with the… More