I Am Legend (2007) - this action-packed sci-fi monster-movie (technically a remake of The Last Man On Earth, and The Omega Man,
but the first adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel to re-use the book's title), includes one flashback sequence, at the Brooklyn bridge,
featuring a Black Hawk, which lands at the film-set's pier, and a US Coast Guard HH-65 'Dolphin' that apparently crashes on takeoff (crash only
implied, as it happens off-screen) when it's hit by a New York police helicopter spinning out of control, with hangers-on falling off the landing
skids, when it evacuates from a riverside launch pad. In the post-holocaust scenes, a high-angle view reveals some helicopter wreckage (a Bell 206)
on a damaged rooftop.
I believe the paint scheme of the EC120 that crashes into the Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin was actually
that of well-known New York tour company Liberty Helicopters (rather than being a New York police helicopter). - ALEX YOUNGS
Iceman (1984) - this SF drama is notable for its blurry images of a helicopter, which a thawed-out caveman (John Lone) mistakes for the
bird-god he worships, and he believes will carry him away into sky.
Ice Station Zebra (1968) - this Cold War drama features a Kaman SH-2 Seasprite (US Navy UH-2B) flying to rendezvous with the nuclear submarine
at sea, where the helicopter uses its winch to lower a couple of passengers (including a Russian) down onto the surface-cruising boat.
Inception (2010) - this sci-fi action movie about dreams
within dream worlds, features a white Eurocopter EC 135-T2, flown from a rooftop helipad across a city in Japan to an airport.
The Incredible Hulk (2008) - in this follow-up to Ang Lee's
Hulk, the Marvel hero's franchise gets a reboot with a new cast and re-written
origin story, and different military hardware appears in this film. Bell 205 'Huey' types are used for transport when army commandos make an effort
to capture lone scientist Bruce Banner (Edward Norton). On the campus, General Ross (William Hurt) calls up air support from just one AH-64D gunship
(all CGI work), which attacks the Hulk, and the Apache is wrecked by thrown debris, so it plummets to the ground as detached rotors pinwheel overhead
and the helicopter crashes and explodes while Hulk shields heroine Betty (Liv Tyler) from the fiery blast. While villain Abomination rampages through
New York streets, Banner drops from the rear loading-ramp of a Sikorsky (S-80E) CH-53E Super Stallion. In later scenes, this helicopter shoots at the
super-villain and whirls around just above Harlem rooftops as both Abomination and Hulk struggle while hanging from the chopper's underside. When the
crashed Super Stallion leaks fuel and catches fire, threatening the heroine, Hulk blows out the flames with shockwave from a thundering handclap.
The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988) - in this TV movie, Bill Bixby's scientist hero turns into bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno's green-skinned giant
again, and meets the Norse thunder god Thor but, even working together, the heroes' muscle power fails to prevent the bad guys - gunmen, shooting
darts, who kidnap a lady scientist - from escaping in a sheriff's helicopter (a Bell 206L LongRanger).
Independence Day (1996) - in this blockbuster sci-fi adventure, there's a Bell 204 helicopter, and a Sikorsky S-64 sky-crane that's fitted
with an array of flashing lights to communicate with the alien spaceships that menace planet Earth.
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President 'Lone Star' (Bill Pullman) escapes from Washington aboard a Sikorsky S-61L, just before the invading aliens nuke the White House. Another
helicopter, presumably carrying his staff, is destroyed by spillover from the fried White House. - NATHAN DECKER
In addition to the 'welcome wagon' choppers, and the presidential ones (some note ought to be made, I think, that the scene in which the
second of these tries to takeoff as the White House is exploding is one of the most iconic shots ever), there's also the small helicopter that
the First Lady uses, and is later found crashed, when trying to leave L.A. Will Smith swipes a Huey to go looking for his missing girlfriend. -
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Inspector Gadget (1999) - Disney's live action version of the popular cartoon show gives us Matthew Broderick as the titular cyborg law-enforcer
who, among other built-in contraptions, has rotor blades (computer animation, of course) emerge from his hat so that he can fly around the city.
Interceptor (1989-90) -
"a game show made by the same people who produced Treasure Hunt, this British TV programme's
contestants had to work out clues and find a 'target', while they were chased by the 'Interceptor' armed with a laser-tag 'gun'. The airborne transport
is an Agusta A-109." - JEREMY HUNT
The Interceptor (aka: Zapreshchennaya realnost, 2009)
- this Russian sci-fi actioner has a pair of Hind gunships (all CGI work), flying towards a target building in climactic scenes. One crashes into
the other, and both helicopters are destroyed in midair, when a writhing mass of giant alien tentacles launch their pre-emptive anti-aircraft strike.
Intimate Enemies (aka: L'Ennemi intime, 2007) - a
war story directed by Florent Emilio Siri, this drama about French soldiers in Algeria, features a battered Sikorsky H-34 (S-58), used for the
film's medevac and troop-carrying scenes, and there's one brief shot of a Piasecki (Boeing Vertol) H-21B Workhorse.
Into The Sun (2004) - in this film's pre-titles sequence, a US paramilitary 'black ops' team (led by Steven Seagal's hero), caught up in
a 'Golden Triangle' firefight, are saved from death by the timely arrival of their Bell Twin Huey gunship, which is defended by its side-mounted
machine-gun during the special forces' medevac flight.
Invader (aka: Naked Robot 4 1/2, 1992) - a low budget SF action thriller, about UFOs causing a USAF stealth plane to crash on
its test flight, this features helicopter action (only miniature work, though) with special effects created by producer John R. Ellis.
Invasion U.S.A. (1985) - this action movie starring Chuck Norris features a Hughes 300 fitted with a loudhailer warning citizens to stay
indoors, and other helicopters drop leaflets to inform the public of a military curfew. The bad guys have a Bell Huey to land their gunmen on the
roof of a government office building, but our hero uses a grenade launcher to destroy the chopper. Finally, three gunships hover above the climactic
street battle, and one chopper shoots at a group of terrorists.
The Invisible (2007) - in this ghost-story movie, a red Eurocopter AS-350 police rescue helicopter takes off from the search location in the
Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds (2010) - this is a science documentary TV series in three episodes.
Speed Limits has a Robinson R-44 take-off demo that explains how a helicopter works.
Out Of Sight includes an MD 500E doing airborne maintenance of overhead power cables, and shows how an A-Star helicopter is used by
fire-fighters on patrol searching for forest fires.
Iron Man (2008) - this superhero action movie features a
couple of Sikorsky Black Hawk choppers, which find Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) alone in the desert, after he escapes from the Afghan camp.
Ishtar (1987) - this comedy adventure features a Bolkow MBB-105D, first seen landing at the emir's palace, and later used by CIA agents to
search the Moroccan desert for a pair of Americans mistaken for spies. Upon finding the unwitting heroes (Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman), the
airborne gunman shoots at them. They return fire and the helicopter is forced to retreat, until the CIA send in a gunship (a Bell 222) which fires
rockets, but our heroes are promptly joined by a revolutionary leader (Isabelle Adjani) armed with automatic weapons and, in the ensuing defensive
firefight, the air strike is called off.
The Island (1980) - a charmingly ludicrous but quite entertaining adventure thriller adapted by Peter Benchley from his novel about nasty
pirates in the Caribbean. After the climactic massacre of all the baddies by stalwart hero (Michael Caine), a US Coast Guard helicopter (a Sikorsky
S-62) discovers the Coast Guard ship, but the chopper is unable to land on the vessel because there are bodies strewn all over the flight deck.
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Island Of Greed (1997) - an impressive gangster
thriller set in Taiwan and directed by Michael Mak, this action drama sees a political bigwig thrown out of a helicopter with a noose around his
neck. In the spectacular finale, the heroic cop's gunship attacks an escaping convoy of triad gangsters and, even though the helicopter is shot
down, the bad guy still gets beaten.
Island of Terror (1966) - "in this British sci-fi horror, doctor-heroes travel in a helicopter
(a Westland Whirlwind, UK version of the Sikorsky S-55) to a besieged island to solve a problem involving bone-sucking
monsters. At the end of the movie, the chopper returns for the scientists, the pilot having missed all the fun." - BILL HIERS
The Italian Job (2003) - Hollywood's remake of the British adventure movie relocates most of the car chase action to Los Angeles, but
keeps the iconic Mini Coopers and traffic gridlock choas that were essential to the gold thieves' getaway plan in the original 1969 caper. During
the climax of this crime thriller, top badguy (Edward Norton) uses a McDonnell Douglas 500E helicopter to follow the street route of an armoured
van that's carrying his stolen bullion and, after the gang's clever daylight robbery, also pursues hero driver (Mark Wahlberg) into a coach depot,
flying inside the building and forcing the Mini car into a corner.
It Came From Outer Space (1953) -
"in this alien invasion B-movie classic, we see an extremely rare Bell 47D, with an open roadster
cockpit and landing wheels instead of skids. The movie was filmed in fabulous 3-D (with coloured glasses handed out in theatres) and, in one scene,
the Bell descends towards the camera - and you, the viewer - until it fills the entire screen." - NATHAN DECKER
It Happened One Night (1934) - in this Oscar-winning romantic comedy directed by Frank Capra, an autogyro (a Kellett K-3) lands at a wedding
to deliver the groom, but the bride (Claudette Colbert) is a runaway.
This was one of the earliest flying appearances of an actual rotary aircraft in a feature movie.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) -
"in this comedy treasure-hunt movie by Stanley Kramer, we see a sheriff department's Bell 47G
helicopter chasing Mickey Rooney and Buddy Hackett in a light plane." - NATHAN DECKER