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Abducted II: The Reunion (1995) - in this sequel to Boon Collins' movie, Abducted (1986), a crazed 'mountain man' kidnaps three women, and he's intent on forcing them all to become his wives.

The featured helicopter is a Bell 206 JetRanger, used by some hunters in a few scenes. After killing one of the hunters, the mountain man sets the JetRanger on fire and it burns up. - BILL HIERS

Bell JetRanger in Abducted 2



Abduction (2011) - in this mediocre action thriller, CIA agents use an A-Star helicopter in help their pursuit of the runaway teen hero.






Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) - the present-day closure of this cross-genre historical horror movie has a brief scene with the presidential helicopter, Marine One (a Sikorsky VH-3D Sea King), landing on the White House's south lawn.
Marine One helicopter in Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter



Seaguard helicopters in The Abyss
Sikorsky S-62 in The Abyss
The Abyss (1989) - James Cameron's underwater sci-fi adventure has a pair of US Navy transports (Sikorsky S-62/ HH-52A Seaguard) in early scenes, ferrying scientists and military men to ships on station above the submarine base. Other helicopters appear on TV screens, and there's a shot of one chopper along the shoreline during the finale's tidal wave sequence in the longer 'special edition' of this genre movie.



The Accidental Spy (aka: Takmo mai sing, 2001) - this Jackie Chan comedy adventure, directed by Teddy Chen, features a Bell 206 JetRanger with a rope ladder deployed to save the hero from a runaway tanker lorry.

Amusingly, the airborne rescue fails in this lengthy stunt sequence, and Chan has to escape by jumping out of the burning vehicle just as it topples off a road bridge.
The Accidental Spy helicopter

helicopter stunt in The Accidental Spy



Aces: Iron Eagle III (1992) - directed by John Glen (the maker of Licence To Kill), this sequel to Iron Eagle (1986), concerns an American raid on an international drug smuggling cartel based in Peru. Amidst various WW2 aircraft, we see a Bell 206 JetRanger and a Bell UH-1 Huey used by DEA agents to search for the hero's crashed plane.
Bell 206 in Aces: Iron Eagle 3

Huey in Aces: Iron Eagle 3



Active Stealth (2000) - "an insipid rip-off of Broken Arrow, this stars one of the lesser Baldwin brothers, and is about a missing hi-tech airplane and the bad actors racing to find it. In the end, bad guy Morgan (played by Terry Funk) shows up in a stock-footage AH-64 Apache attack helicopter to blow away some of the other characters." - NATHAN DECKER







Act Of Valour (2012) - this action movie features actual US Navy S.E.A.L. troops. The featured helicopters are a Boeing MH-47E Chinook that airlifts a boat from the sea, and a couple of Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk transports used for ship-to-shore operations.



The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai: Across The 8th Dimension (1984) - W.D. Richter's unique comedy SF adventure sees a Bell 206L LongRanger landing a desert location where the jet-car begins its test-run.

Peter Weller's superhero, Buckaroo, escapes from pursuing villains by using a very convenient rope ladder dangling from a helicopter. After the rescue stunt, the LongRanger lands at Team Banzai's estate, from where bad aliens kidnap the heroine and steal Banzai's helicopter as their getaway vehicle.

A different (all-white) Bell 206 JetRanger lands briefly, in a car park, to drop off the US defence secretary near Banzai's tour bus.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai helicopter

Bell 206 in Buckaroo Banzai



Bell 47 in The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle
aerial action in Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle

Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle helicopter
The Adventures Of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) - in this live-action version of a cartoon series, airborne villains Boris and Natasha (Jason Alexander and Rene Russo) fly their stolen helicopter (a Bell 47-G4), at street level in Chicago, to attack the 3-D animated heroes fleeing in a car.



Aftershock (2010) - this Chinese drama, about survivors of a 1976 earthquake disaster, features several Mil Mi-17 'Hip' transport helicopters in emergency rescue scenes during the climactic present-day scenes.



Aftershock: Earthquake In New York (1999) - TV news chopper helps Tom Skerritt get across town in this TV disaster soap. Later, a rescue chopper fails to airlift a trapped boy to safety from the top floor of a wrecked building due to downdraft pressure on the collapsing structure.



Agent Cody Banks (2003) - a young hero is recruited as teenage spy for the CIA in this junior 007-style adventure, which features use of the "Solotrek XFV ('Exoskeletor Flying Vehicle')" - a personal flyer invented by former US Navy combat pilot Michael Moshier - as mountaintop transport for the heroine (Angie Harmon), and as programmable method of capturing a henchman (Arnold Vosloo).

There's also a Hughes 500 chopper which is stolen by the heroes during their last-minute escape from the villain's secret base, just before the whole place explodes (an unavoidable cliché of any spy movie), of course!

Solotrek XFV flown by Angie Harmon

Agent Cody Banks in airborne escape



MD 900 Explorer in Agent Cody Banks 2
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004) - "We shot some aerial stunt sequences near Pinewood Studios for Agent Cody Banks 2. We had two MD [McDonnell Douglas] Explorers painted black with SAS style troops standing on the skids and then exiting the helicopters by rapid ropes. During the filming of this sequence we had four helicopters working in close formation: the two MD 900s, a [Eurocopter] AS 355-F2 from the police deploying its 'night sun', and our Agusta 109A as the camera ship. We also had a sequence over London with an Agusta 109 Power and an MD 600, but these didn't make it into the movie." - JEREMY BRABEN, Aerial Director of Photography

"Eastern Atlantic Helicopters, from Shoreham Brighton Airport, supplied the MD 900 Explorers that supposedly carried the 'special forces' team." - IAN VINCENT FRAIN



Bel 204 Huey in Agent Red

Agent Red (2000) - in this low-budget action movie there are two helicopters, a Bell 206 JetRanger (in Kiowa guise) and a Bell 222, carrying the team of marines on a secret mission to the military base on an island, where the hero (Dolph Lundgren) intends to steal a hi-tech aircraft.

The movie also features a Bell 204 Huey, flying to and landing on a US Navy warship. Three Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawks can also be seen on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier (possibly stock footage).
Agent Red helicopter

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Dauphin helicopter in Agents secrets
Agents secrets (aka: Spy Bound, 2004) - this French espionage thriller features one brief sequence with an Aerospatiale AS-365 N2 Dauphin 2 used for air taxi flight.



police amphibicopter, in AI
amphibicopter flies to Manhattan
amphibicopter enters building
AI: Artificial Intelligence (2001) - Steven Spielberg's darkly whimsical sci-fi adventure features a police 'amphibicopter' (without any rotors), which is hijacked by the robot-child for his journey to Manhattan, where it flies inside a skyscraper. Later, to evade capture by airborne cops, the amphibicopter becomes a submersible but it becomes trapped underwater, stuck beneath a collapsed Ferris wheel on the sunken Coney Island.



rescue Huey in Air America
military Huey in Air America

Air America (1989) - Roger Spottiswoode's comedy thriller about CIA activity in Asia begins in Los Angeles, where a radio news' eye-in-the-sky chopper (a Bell 47J Ranger) hovers near a traffic jam so the pilot (Robert Downey Jr) can berate a rubbernecking trucker for delaying the ambulance on its way to a road accident.

Later, in Laos, the young pilot wakes up hanging by a rope from an airborne chopper. There's also a daring rescue by a fellow pilot (Mel Gibson) of the crew from a wrecked cargo plane but, when the UH-1H 'Huey' helicopter crashes due to enemy small arms fire, it lands in the treetops and flips over upside-down, forcing the trapped pilots to jump down into the jungle.

"The flying Huey was a Thai Air Force helicopter leased for the movie, and they also had a UH-1 hulk for the crash scene. The flying was done by Royal Thai Air Force observers aboard each aircraft, and apparently they were freaked out about the stunts and the possibility of damage to their machines." - NATHAN DECKER
Bell 47J in Air America



Air America (1998-9) - this lazily produced and hopelessly contrived TV series, created by Philip DeGuere, stars Lorenzo Lamas and Scott Plank as maverick CIA guys, Rio and Wiley - expert pilots and macho heroes fighting assorted bad guys down south in a tropical paradise (actually Costa Rica). I saw two episodes on DVD clumsily edited to feature length (one story had a Bell JetRanger on a recon flight shot down by a jungle mercenary's RPG, and then a replacement chopper on a rescue mission gets attacked by an enemy's fixed-wing aircraft), and that was quite enough. Thankfully, just one season of the show (26 x 45 minutes) was made. You'd have to pay me large sums of cash to watch any more of this dreary nonsense.



Black Hawk strikes in Air Force One

Air Force One (1997) - Wolfgang Petersen's enjoyable blockbuster stars Harrison Ford as a US President fighting terrorist-hijackers that seize control of his official jet plane.

Military helicopters appear in several scenes: as a getaway vehicle (a UH-60L Black Hawk) for the special forces team, but also search and rescue (a flight of three Hueys find the President's escape pod), and air transport duties.

One Black Hawk (see below) carrying the Vice President arrives at the White House.
Huey SAR in Air Force One

Black Hawk transport in Air Force One

There are lots of flashy visual effects, but only a few of them are entirely concincing. The Russian helicopter (a Mil Mi-24P Hind-F) used in the film is a real Russian machine owned by the US Army. At the time, it was kept at Fort Polk, Louisiana, for opposition forces training.
Hind helicopter in Air Force One



Airheads (1994) - in the climactic sequence of this comedy, a mobile stage is airlifted - by a twin-rotor Sea Knight helicopter - into the town square for an impromptu rock concert.



The Air I Breathe (2007) - this urban drama features a police AS-350 A-Star that circles a rooftop helipad, just before SWAT cops kill the bank robber.



Air Patrol (1962) - this crime movie features a Los Angeles police helicopter in action. The poster artwork shows what appears to be a Bell 47 with pontoons.
Air Patrol poster

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helicopter in Airport 1975

 AIRWOLF

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Akira (1988) - this superb Japanese animated feature has hi-tech versions of Boeing 107/ CH-46 Sea Knight as ubiquitous military helicopters in many urban neo-Tokyo scenes. There's also a mini-gunship hover-bike which flies like a tiny chopper without rotors through sewer tunnels and hospital corridors. Later, an Apache type attack helicopter crashes on a city street in one scene of the army's confrontation with a violent super-powered teenager.



A-Star in Alaska
Alaska helicopter

Charlton Heston with Bell 206L in Alaska
Alaska (1996) - this family adventure stars Charlton Heston, Dirk Benedict, and Thora Birch. The movie features a Bell 206L LongRanger, and a Eurocopter AS-350 rescue helicopter.



Alex Cross (2012) - in this crime thriller directed by Rob Cohen, there is a Detroit police helicopter, a Boeing (MD) 500E, that hovers over the court-house square where local cops assemble to protect a target from assassination. MD 500E helicopter in Alex Cross

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UAV attack in Alias TV show

Alien Armageddon
Alien Armageddon (2011) - sci-fi action movie about yet another invasion from outer space, this includes wreckage of a crashed Huey helicopter.



CGI helicopters in Alienate
Alienate helicopter

Bell 206 LongRanger in Alienate
Alienate (2016) - this low-budget sci-fi movie features a flight of four Black Hawk gunships appearing in a CGI shot.

During the evacuation, there's a Bell 206-L4 LongRanger that picks up one woman from hilly countryside.



Alien Extinction (aka: Age Of Tomorrow, 2014) - this sci-fi action movie features a Huey parked in a large shed. However, it's just background furniture, used in this low-budget production to imply that events are taking place on a US military base.



Alien Nation (1988) - Graham Baker's SF buddy movie sees the alien half of an LAPD team rescue his partner (James Caan) from harbour seawater using a low-flying police helicopter (a Bell 206 JetRanger III). A spin-off television series, plus a batch of TV movies (with a different main cast), followed, eventually creating a popular genre franchise.
JetRanger in Alien Nation



Alive (1993) - at the end of this movie, based on a true story about a plane crash in the Andes mountains, there are a couple of Bell 212 Hueys (from the Chilean air force), which finally rescue the survivors.
Huey rescue helicopters in Alive



Alligator (1980) - a police helicopter is used to search the city for a monster on the loose after it escapes from the sewers.



Alligator 2: The Mutation (1991) - police helicopter appears during a climactic struggle against the monster, just in time to rescue the heroic cop from a lake.



All The President's Men (1976) - Alan J. Pakula's classic drama of investigative journalism is based on the Washington Post reporters' own book about the Watergate scandal. The opening sequence features TV newsreel footage of presidential helicopter Marine One.



Alone In The Dark (2005) - directed by Uwe Boll, this sci-fi horror adventure features a pair of Eurocopter AS 350 machines, carrying special troops to the site of a disused gold mine (the monsters' lair). During the climactic battle scenes, two Apache gunships (cheap model effects or CGI?) arrive; bringing reinforcements against the creatures' attack, but the beasties manage to destroy one of these military choppers, and the other helicopter just disappears.



Alphas (2011) - season one of this TV series about plain-clothes superheroes includes episode Catch And Release, with a miniature bug-like drone gadget that flies like a tiny rotorcraft.



BK-117 in The Alternate
Bell 206 in The Alternate

The Alternate (aka: Agent Of Death, 1999) - this low-budget siege thriller about mercenary terrorists holding US President (John Beck) hostage features a Bell 206B JetRanger III landing in the street to bring FBI negotiator (Michael Madsen) to the crime scene.

Later, a Eurocopter BK-117 drops a three-man commando team onto the roof, but they are shot dead by top villain (Bryan Genesse), who eventually gets airborne, in another JetRanger, and uses a machine-gun and grenades to attack the cops surrounding the building.

In a cheap and rather unconvincing but nonetheless spectacular special effects sequence, the bad guy's stolen chopper is hit by an RPG fired by a police officer, making the helicopter drop to the ground and promptly explode.

Neither helicopter has any markings of any kind (FBI or Presidential), owing to the pathetically low budget the movie had. - BILL HIERS



The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) - in this sci-fi monster movie by Bert I. Gordon, a pair of Bell 47G choppers help the military search for the titular 60-foot giant, who escapes from a Nevada army base and goes on a rampage through Las Vegas, before soldiers catch up with him at the Hoover dam.



Amazing Incredible Helicopters (1999) - this excellent 60-minute TV documentary produced by Donna Anderson, and directed by Pieter Van Soelen, offers a concise history of technological developments relevant to vertical flight and helicopters, with superb archive footage, still photos, and non-stop narration by Lou Richards.

It then focuses on the success of various Sikorsky and Boeing machines, and includes brief interviews with servicemen involved in US Air Force and US Navy operations.

Although the film boasts many spectacular clips of military choppers in action (including notable examples - the Huey, Black Hawk, and Comanche), the filmmakers don't neglect the value of US Coast Guard and civilian services, with an emphasis on search and rescue flights.
Amazing Incredible Helicopters DVD



The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) - this remake about Marvel's popular superhero features an NYPD chopper (Eurocopter AS-350 B2) used by a police captain on patrol over the city at dusk.

The helicopter shoots a taser to knock down Spidey so that he falls onto the street below.
A-Star helicopter in The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man behind-the-scenes



aerial effects in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 helicopter
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) - Marc Webb's sequel to his franchise remake features a Eurocopter AS-350 A-Star, seen against a city skyline background, but the airborne sequence is entirely CGI.

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Bo-105 in American Ninja

Marine One helicopter in The American President

The American President (1995) - the featured helicopter in this romantic drama is 'Marine One' (a Sikorsky VH-3D version of the Sea King), the US president's official helicopter transport.



American Ultra (2015) - this comedy actioner has a CIA agent flying in a helicopter to a quarantined area in small-town USA. However, there's a continuity error... Although we first see the baddie airborne in an AS-355 TwinStar, when the chopper is landing near a FEMA base it's a Eurocopter AS-350 A-Star.

Two helicopters hover above the climactic sequence at night.



Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) - knockabout comedy (starring Will Ferrell), about rival news readers in 1970s' San Diego, featuring a Bell 206 JetRanger as the TV station's helicopter.
TV news helicopter in Anchorman



Bell 47G helicopter in ..And Justice For All
...And Justice For All (1979) - Norman Jewison's satire on the American legal system has one hysterically comic scene, about halfway through the film, where a crazy judge (Jack Warden) takes a lawyer (Al Pacino) for a wild ride in a Bell 47G helicopter. The judge is a Korean War veteran, and the lawyer has a fear of heights. Their flight ends when the chopper runs out of fuel, and crash lands in shallow water.



And Now You're Dead (1998) - this Hong Kong produced actioner was filmed in Prague, and stars Bruce Lee's daughter Shannon. It has thieves using a helicopter to help break one of their gang out of police custody, followed by a bungee jump out of the low-flying chopper into the middle of street level gun-battle. However, the pilot gets shot, so this sequence ends with a quite realistic crash 'n' burn.



The Andromeda Strain (1971) - in this classic science fiction thriller, a US air force helicopter (a Bell UH-1 Huey) carries investigators in biohazard suits to a little US town stricken by an instantly lethal plague from space.
USAF Huey in The Andromeda Strain



Bell UH-1 in Andromeda Strain TV series The Andromeda Strain (2008) - a TV mini-series remake of the above, this has a Huey flying scientists from a US military camp to the disease-stricken town, where the helicopter sprays a poison to kill carrion birds, and then drops off its passengers on the body-strewn street.

The chopper returns to collect two survivors and the fallen satellite. As it transports a snooping TV reporter, another Huey is forced to make an emergency landing when a fight breaks out and, when the reporter escapes, a hidden bomb destroys the helicopter.

Later, there's a flight of six Bell 206 JetRangers from the army base, on a mission (like crop sprayers) to dispense bacteria over the infected landscape.



Angel (1999-2004) - in 1st season episode, Sanctuary (2000), the big action climax scene has the hero's ex-girlfriend Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) trapped on the L.A. detective agency's rooftop, when a hired gunman shoots at her from a helicopter (a Eurocopter AS350). The hero, Angel (David Boreanaz), rushes to save her and, when he gets to the building's top floor, he jumps straight up through a skylight and into the air to reach the chopper's landing skids. The villain gets to see our hero's scary face (he's actually a vampire with a soul!), before Angel throws him out of the helicopter and then forces the pilot to land nearby, just as the local cops arrive.



Bell 222A in Angels and Demons
Angels & Demons (2009) - this movie directed by Ron Howard is a sequel to The Da Vinci Code - also based on a novel by Dan Brown. In one early scene, there's a brief shot of a CGI helicopter (possibly an Agusta A-109) which transports Prof. Langdon (Tom Hanks) across Rome, to a meeting in the Vatican.

The plot concerns an Illuminati sect of kidnappers using a bomb made from stolen antimatter ("Vatican city will be consumed by light." Oh, what a good idea!) to disrupt papal elections. In the finale, a Bell 222A takes off from the crowded square outside a church, as the supposedly heroic padre (Ewan McGregor) performs a symbolic ascension into a cloudy night sky, in desperate hopes of reaching sufficient altitude before the WMD goes off and destroys the whole city.

Absurdly, the rogue priest somehow manages to parachute down to safety, landing beneath a visual effects' blast wave that causes only minor property damage. It's all preposterous Hollywood nonsense with only slick production values to save it from being completely unwatchable rubbish.



An Annapolis Story (1955) - definitely a clichéd plot, but the scenes of a Piasecki HUP (flown by Sam Peckinpah!) are great. It's directed by Don Siegel, and stars John Derek and Kevin McCarthy. I have one of the old ships... mine was owned by the French. - JOHN C. GOBLE
Annapolis Story helicopter



modified Bell 47 in Annie
Annie (1982) - this musical directed by John Huston, from comic strip Little Orphan Annie, features an orange Bell 47G customised with stub wings, painted fuel tanks and a modified cockpit. The helicopter pilot is Charles A. 'Chuck' Tamburro.



Antibodies (aka: Antikörper, 2005) - a German crime drama about a serial killer, with closing scenes that feature a Bell 206 LongRanger used by a police detective from the city, to reach the rural community where one of the murders occurred.



Ant-Man (2015) - in this Marvel superhero movie there's a gold coloured Agusta-Westland AW-139 that's used as executive air-taxi for visitors to a corporate building.

Later, the helicopter takes off to escape from a rooftop heli-pad, and the miniaturised hero sneaks onboard to fight a super-villain named Yellowjacket.

During this partly CGI sequence, the cabin is damaged and the interior catches fire, before a closed briefcase - containing tiny Ant-Man and Yellowjacket - falls out of the open side door.
AW-139 in Ant-Man

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Apocalypse Z (aka: Zombie Massacre, 2013) - this low-budget sci-fi horror shows a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk transport taking off, during early scenes at a Romanian military airfield, and the movie's climax features a Eurocopter AS-350 used by the heroes to escape from a plague-cursed city before the nuclear bomb goes off.



Apollo 13 (1995) - at the end of Ron Howard's excellent docudrama about a failed Moon mission, two Sikorsky SH-3 (S61) Sea King helicopters are seen during the splash-down and recovery sequence, rescuing the three NASA astronauts (played by Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton) from their damaged spacecraft's re-entry capsule.

Sikorsky Sea Kings
Apollo 13 splashdown



tilt-rotor in Appleseed
Appleseed (aka: Appurushido, 2004) - this Japanese animated feature film, based on characters from Masamune Shirow's manga comics, is post-apocalypse sci-fi, with 3D anime of some futuristic police helicopters.

There's an Osprey-type gunship that picks up the heroine after the opening battle. A twin-rotor Chinook-type lands on the heliport where many smaller choppers use as patrol base.

Later, police rotorcraft chase enemy cyborgs attacking the city and two flyers are destroyed in combat scenes.

Finally, an Osprey-type machine flies an E-S.W.A.T. crew through a night rainstorm on their secret mission to a disused med-lab complex.



Appleseed Alpha (2014) - this action movie of photo-real computer animation has a sci-fi version of the Osprey tilt-rotor VTOL-plane as helicopter transport in several scenes.

The Osprey is used as a getaway vehicle for a kidnapping and, when airborne, fires a machine-gun down at the heroes on the ruined city streets.

One of the captured heroes is shot and dropped out of the rear door ramp while the Osprey is in flight at low altitude.

The tilt-rotor aircraft lands at an empty warehouse where the disused building hides an entrance to a secret military bunker.

When the gigantic spider-like machine of a land-battleship emerges from the underground complex, the heroes hijack the Osprey as aerial support for their ground attack, and the rotorcraft fires missiles at the walking fortress.
sci-fi Osprey in Appleseed Alpha



Appleseed Ex Machina (aka: Ekusu makina, 2007) - produced by John Woo, this animated sequel directed by Shinji Aramaki has more sci-fi helicopters on patrol above an urban utopia and, in later scenes, flights of choppers hunt down terrorists and a rogue cyborg.

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Bell 212 in Arachnophobia
Arachnophobia (1990) - Frank Marshall's mutant spider thriller begins with a Bell 212 helicopter that drops a team of scientists (led by Julian Sands) into dense Venezuelan jungle, where they find lots of deadly creepy crawlies.



CGI Apache in Arachnoquake
Arachnoquake (2012) - this low-budget silly monster movie, about giant spiders invading New Orleans, features CGI work of an Apache gunship, but the military helicopter fails to stop the enormous queen spider from spinning a huge web between tower blocks in the city.



Mil Mi-24 Hind gunships in Armageddon

Armageddon (aka: Redline, 1997) - this low-budget European cyber-thriller stars Rutger Hauer as the leader of techno-smugglers who's out for revenge after he's betrayed by his partners in crime.

The first action sequence has Hauer's gang harassed by a robot drone helicopter (a UCAR unmanned combat rotorcraft, created by CGI and/ or model effects) fitted with machine guns. After the drone's attack is dealt with by a rocket grenade, a pair of Mil Mi-24 Hind gunships appears on the daylight scene.
UCAR drone in Armageddon

Just before the final shootout, four bad guys use an MD-500E (with Russian markings) for aerial transport from away from the city.
MD-500E in Armageddon



Armageddon (1998) - Michael Bay's save-the-world adventure puts unlikely heroes (led by Bruce Willis) from an oil rig into space to destroy an asteroid that threatens planet Earth. As genuine NASA hardware, and astronaut training and launch centres, feature as backdrops for the Hollywood sci-fi plot, helicopters (including a HH-60G Pavehawk and a Sikorsky S-76 Spirit) are almost ubiquitous in exterior scenes, but they are used only as transports, or security patrols for when nuclear weapons are deployed on the space mission.

astronaut heroes of Armageddon
Armageddon, behind the scenes



Armaguedon (aka: Armageddon, 1977) - a French crime thriller starring Alain Delon, this movie features an Agusta-Bell AB-206B JetRanger II.
Bell 206 in Armaguedon



Around The World Under The Sea helicopter
Around The World Under The Sea (1966) - "this science fiction thriller has a Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard, of the US Coast Guard, appearing at the start of the movie, and again at the end to rescue the heroes from their submarine out at sea." - BILL HIERS

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helicopter in Arrow

Arthur And The Great Adventure (2009) - this partly animated (in 3D CGI) fairy tale for children is a sequel to Arthur And The Invisibles (aka: Arthur et les Minimoys, 2006), also directed by Luc Besson. During the miniaturised scenes, mosquitoes in the back garden sound like small helicopters, and they are flown by elfish 'pilots' like ornithopters or gyrocopters, used for air-taxi duties. Back in the world of humans, the miniature version of the young hero takes to the air in a wooden toy plane, while a reformed-villain character fails to get airborne in a model helicopter (a Sikorsky S-58/ H-34 Choctaw), which simply falls off a shelf in the child's bedroom.



Artificial Telepathy (2001) - this sci-fi thriller shot in Bulgaria has slick CGI visuals of two Mil Mi-24 Hind gunships which attack a team of spies in open country, but missiles from a NATO jet fighter destroy both helicopters. There's another digital Hind providing air support to a squad of Russian commandos, when the bad guys attack the heroine's residence. However, after strafing the area, destroying a couple of parked vehicles with rockets and turning the cabin homestead into firewood, the military chopper is forced to nosedive straight into ground (this CGI 'crash' sequence is unconvincing) when the psychic hero (Victor Brown) uses his miraculous psi powers to defend himself. Also in the film, a team of mercenaries led by an ex-American agent (Judge Reinhold), use a Mil Mi-8 Hip transport (a real one, not CGI, with UNWFP - the United Nations World Food Programme - on its underside!) during their mission to search for the hero.



Assassins (1995) - this action thriller is directed by Richard Donner. For a sequence in Seattle, at night, cop cars pursue a stolen taxi and a metro police helicopter (a Bell 206 JetRanger) joins the chase, but the two killers escape when the driver (Sylvester Stallone) evades arrest by parking his yellow cab in a fleet car park full of look-alike vehicles.
Bell 206 in Assassins



The Assault (aka: L'assaut, 2010) - based on a true story, this French action drama features a Eurocopter SA330 Puma, in scenes at Marseilles airport where GIGN troops rescue the hostage passengers from a plane hi-jacked by Muslim terrorists in Algiers.



Assault On Precinct 13 (2005) - this very watchable but largely unexciting remake of John Carpenter's 1976 cult thriller, features SWAT guys descending on ropes from a tactical helicopter (a Eurocopter AS 350 piloted by Dave Thomassini) onto a flat roof of the besieged police station.



Asteroid (1997) - airborne hero (Michael Biehn) plucks householder from burning roof in bush-fire survey stopover. Later, military choppers help evacuate Kansas City folk to avoid space threat. Other helicopters appear in urban rescue missions when the asteroid strikes Dallas.



The Astronaut Farmer (2006) - when US media gets wind of an indie launch plan, a Bell 206 JetRanger from TV news flies over a Texas ranch where Charlie Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton) is building a rocket.



A-Team rotary action
The A-Team (1984-8) - popular TV comedy thriller show about vigilante mercenaries, created by Stephen J. Cannell, this had frequent helicopter action scenes, that were mostly flown by regular character H.M. "Howlin' Mad" Murdock (Dwight Schultz) who spent time between missions in various hospital psych wards, despite there being some ambiguity regarding his actual state of mind.

In the opening scenes of episode, Judgement Day, a black Bell 222 is used to kidnap a woman that tries to escape on a jet ski. This helicopter seems to be 'Redwolf' (from TV series Airwolf) with a little re-painting job (also no ADF pod or guns). - CARSTEN HAGEN



A-Team movie
The A-Team (2010) - this big screen remake of the popular 1980s' TV series features several helicopter sequences, although some of the many flying stunts are done with a mix of practical and virtual elements. The heroes escape from trouble in Mexico by hijacking an old medevac 'Huey', out-flying airborne pursuit by the local police's gunship. This getaway Bell 205 flight showcases wacky piloting - with barrel rolls and a mid-air stall by Captain H.M. Murdock (Sharlto Copley) - to dodge bullets and evade an inevitable missile attack, until the cops' chopper is destroyed by a USAF jet when the Mexican flight violates US airspace. Later on, the heroine (Jessica Biel) arrives in Iraq during the American forces' withdrawal, landing in a Bell 407 (a stand-in for the ARH-70 Arapaho) at the US army base. To complete their covert mission, alpha team use an Osprey tilt-rotor to shoot-up an enemy car and airlift a stolen cargo container to safety. The heroine uses a Eurocopter EC-120 for transport in Germany. There is also brief CGI of an MD 500E used for a kidnap from the bank tower in Frankfurt, when the captive with a parachute is thrown from the building and caught in mid-air by the helicopter's landing skids. A Eurocopter AS-350 is used by authorities to pick up arrested CIA agent after an explosive dockside showdown.



The Atomic City (1952) - this Cold War spy movie about kidnapping and ransom involves top secret info about nuclear weapons at Los Alamos. There's a classic Bell 47D-1, with wheels instead of skids, leading the search for a scientist's son.
Bell 47 in The Atomic City



Atomic Train (1999) - an SF disaster, and two-part TV mini-series, where airborne the hero (Rob Lowe) climbs down a rope ladder from an MD-500 onto a runaway freight train to find a smuggler's nuclear bomb.

Another helicopter (a Eurocopter AS-350 A-Star) lands on the railway tracks ahead, and then narrowly avoids being hit by the speeding loco.

Later, flights of choppers drop fire-suppressant chemicals on a blaze of toxic waste that's caused by the wrecked train.
MD-500 in Atomic Train

A-Star in Atomic Train



The Atrocity Exhibition (2000) - this bizarre collection of sci-fi episodes includes brief appearances by static model helicopters (a tin-plate Huey, a Cobra), and a radio-controlled JetRanger type that flies through a warehouse in pursuit of a lone woman running in slow-motion.

The flying model re-appears later in the movie as an iconic image of modern warfare. There is also stock footage of a Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow used like a ghostly image that overlays a montage of landscapes.
Apache helicopter in The Atrocity Exhibition



Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes (1978) - in this cult classic movie (a truly horrible sci-fi spoof), there is an early scene where the cops, with guns blazing, are attacking the bad tomatoes. A police helicopter (reportedly, a Hiller UH-12E), swoops in for a landing but suffers a tail-rotor strike, caught on film. The helicopter spins out of control, crashes and burns. It obviously was not planned, and the filmmakers even dubbed in some cheesy reaction shots. I don't know what happened to the pilot, but it's obvious the helicopter was completely destroyed. I don't know for certain, but I'm willing to wager that it's probably one of the few on-screen crashes that actually happened. - DAN SWEET, Columbia Helicopters



Cobra helicopter in Austin Powers Goldmember
Austin Powers In Goldmember (2002) - a black Bell AH-1 Cobra gunship is flown by a henchman in the movie-within-a-movie sequence (starring Tom Cruise, and directed by Steven Spielberg). - BILL HIERS



Automan (1983-4) - decades before today's commonplace CGI effects, Glen A. Larson's sci-fi TV series about a police computer's hologram cop used other, ingenious, methods to depict aerial action on screen, as this outtake photo shows...

The helicopter was painted black with our special 'whiskey/wax' mixture and then outlined with a highly reflective tape. When illuminated from another helicopter, this [Automan] helicopter appeared to be cursor generated. - RICHARD HART, National Helicopter
outtake photo from Automan



Avalon (2001) - a futuristic attack helicopter (with its skew-angled overlapping rotors!) appears in the virtual reality scenario of this Japanese sci-fi mystery-thriller, shot on location in Poland. The heroine destroys this gunship in the film's pre-credits action. Later, a Russian Mil Mi-24 Hind chopper assaults a whole team of combatants during a flashback, and when the story returns to the 'Avalon' wargame, the Hind re-appears unexpectedly, firing a salvo of missiles to cause a 're-set' (game over) for elite 'Class A' players.
Hind gunship attacks game-players in Avalon CGI helicopter in Avalon

 AVATAR

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Avatar - Scorpion rotorcraft

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helicopter in The Avengers

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) - in this Marvel sequel, the old SHIELD heli-carrier is used for a rescue operation to evacuate the flying city threatened by an army of robots.

SHIELD heli-carrier in Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Avengers Assemble

AVP - Alien vs. Predator (2004) - this sci-fi action/ monster movie, features a Eurocopter AS350-B3 that's perched on a frozen mountaintop in Nepal, waiting to pick-up a lone climber when she reaches the summit. There's also a purely CGI helicopter (obviously based upon a Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin design), flying over Antarctica to rendezvous with an icebreaker ship.
A-Star in AVP movie



AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem (2007) - sci-fi monster-mash rumble franchise sequel, featuring a Bell 205 'Huey' used by surviving heroes for escape from their quarantined town's hospital rooftop. However, the helicopter is caught in blast from a nuclear missile, causing it to crash in the forest near a waterfall (this last seems copied from a sequence in Resident Evil: Apocalypse).

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