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Iron Eagle (film)

Last modified: 2011-12-09 by antónio martins
Keywords: iron eagle | disc (white on red) | disc (black on white) | star: 5 points on disc | star: 5 points (white on black) | swords: 2 | swords: crossed |
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Iron Eagle was an 1986 US/Canadian action film, essentially a knockoff of the same year’s very successful Top Gun, only with a teenage-wish-fulfillment angle.
Eugene Ipavec, 18 Jun 2010


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image by Eugene Ipavec, 18 Jun 2010

The plot has an American pilot shot down over an unfriendly Middle Eastern country (unnamed, but based on Libya) and held hostage. Despairing of a diplomatic solution, the aviator’s son steals a U.S. fighter jet and flies it on a bombing spree to try and extort his release. The flag of the unnamed country appears a lot, and is shown once very clearly in the office of the film’s main heavy (played by Poirot’s David Suchet): red with a white disc, narrowly bordered in white and black, containing a second, smaller black disc — shifted upwards — itself containing an inscribed white star and with a pair of crossed black-outlined scimitars beneath it. Some of my details might be off — the star may have been the “fat” kind, and the scimitars more machete-like (and I don’t remember which one lay on top).
Eugene Ipavec, 18 Jun 2010

This flag design reminds more of Tunisia, which indeed borders Lybia.
António Martins, 14 Sep 2011

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