Iron Eagle is a crackerjack fighter-pilot picture focusing on a daring rescue of a hostage in a small Middle East country.
Young Jason Gedrick swings into action when word comes that pilot pop Tim Thomerson has been shot down for venturing too near the borders of the little nation defended by swarthy David Suchet, who almost twirls his moustache in anticipation of hanging the Yankee intruder.
At first Gedrick is hopeful that the US will respond officially, but the government waffles. Fortunately, dad has often taken Gedrick up in an F-16. Equally fortunate, all his high-school friends are Air Force kids, too. After faking the military computers into assigning two jets for their use, Gedrick persuades veteran combat pilot Louis Gossett Jr to lead the mission and off the pair go into the wild blue yonder.
Director Sidney J. Furie fills in the rest with breakneck action and some dandy dogfights. Much of the dialog is simply laughable.