Narrow Escape (aka: A Thousand Men And A Baby, 1997) - Marcus Cole's TV movie, about the crew of a US warship 'adopting' a Korean
orphan, features Boeing CH-46 Sea Knights used for ship-to-shore transport duty. Other helicopters appear on screen for scenes on the ship's main
Narrow Margin (1990) - Peter Hyams' remake of the 1952 thriller
about organised crime has an air strike on the heroine's isolated mountain cabin, during which the bad-guys shoot down a police helicopter (a Bell
JetRanger) so it nosedives into the ground, before the film's action switches to a train as the hero (Gene Hackman) transports an endangered witness
(Anne Archer) to safety.
National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) - in a scene copied from Lethal Weapon 2, gunfire from a helicopter destroys a beach trailer
residence, but the killers have attacked the wrong address - so Bruce Willis (in an uncredited cameo), not the film's hero (Emilio Estevez), surrenders
National Treasure (2005) - with Jerry Bruckheimer producing a Disney film starring Nicolas Cage, you can reasonably expect a slick actioner
with a sympathetic, larger-than-life hero. The film's main aerial sequence (the credited pilot is Alan Purwin) occurs around the USS Intrepid in
New York harbour, where a Bell 206B JetRanger sightseeing-chopper creates a diversion for the protagonist to escape from FBI custody. The feds are
using a blue Eurocopter EC120B (making it's first big screen appearance) as the spotter aircraft of their surveillance operation.
National Treasure 2: Book Of Secrets (2007) - in this history-riddled sequel, the hero's sidekick uses a radio-controlled model helicopter
with video-camera attached, to get a closer look at a statue of liberty in Paris.
Nature Unleashed (2004) - this 'Russian' disaster movie is set in the Urals where a glacier buries a mountain village.
It was actually filmed in Bulgaria, and features a Mil Mi-8 Hip arriving to rescue survivors, but the DVD box artwork (re-titled Avalanche)
has a pair of JetRanger helicopters instead.
Navy SEALs (1990) - this action movie directed by Lewis Teague features a Sea King in US Navy markings, and a Huey used by the SEAL team
on a mission.
The Negotiator (1998) - Samuel Jackson and Kevin Spacey are both good value in this hostage thriller, which makes commendable use of helicopters
when cops to peek in through tower block windows and see what's happening inside the building before their SWAT teams storm the scene.
The Nest (aka: Nid de guêpes, 2002) - directed by Florent Emilio Siri (who went on to make Hostage, starring Bruce Willis)
this is basically a French-made rip-off of Assault On Precinct 13.
It features a police Eurocopter AS 550 that over flies a warehouse siege when the cops lose contact with a security transport in which a Euro mafia
godfather is being delivered for trial.
The Net (1998-9) - this TV spin-off, based on Irwin Winkler's 1995 movie, has a trio of bogus NSA agents on the heroine's trail in a fake
US marshal's Bell 206 JetRanger.
The Net 2.0 (2005) - average technothriller sequel, shot on location on Turkey, features a rare Eurocopter (Aerospatiale) SA 315B Lama II
police helicopter, which hovers over the climactic scenes, when the heroine finally gets justice, with some help from Interpol agents, against
Never Give Up (1978) - this Japanese action drama from director Junya Sato features a team of special forces' commandos in training to use
'rapid ropes' for their descent from a Bell Twin Huey. In the film's climactic mock-battle sequence, a couple of Boeing CH-47 Chinook transports
and three UH-1 Hueys are involved in an army field exercise, providing airborne support for tanks and infantry. During these manoeuvres, another
special forces' squad are deployed from Hueys to hunt down a renegade commando. In the final shootout, a Bell 206 JetRanger tracks down escaping
hero Ajisawa (Ken Takakura), and a soldier uses the chopper's side-mounted machinegun to open fire on him. However, with assault-rifle sharp shooting,
the hero causes the attacking JetRanger to crash into a hillside, where it explodes on impact.
Never Say Never Again (1983) - this James Bond movie is an enjoyable remake of Thunderball, and features only brief scenes of helicopters. The
villain pilots a Bell 206 JetRanger and lands on the heli-pad of his private motor-yacht. Later, an MBB Bo-105 (with unlikely US Navy markings) is deployed in
North Africa to drop agent 007 (Sean Connery) down a well.
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The New York Ripper (1982) - this Italian slasher movie directed by Lucio Fulci features a police helicopter (apparently an Aerospatiale AS-350)
flying over the city skyline, while helping cops track down the serial killer.
Next (2006) - in this psi-fi thriller based on a novel by Philip K. Dick, the police and FBI strike teams use Eurocopter AS350-B2 'A-Stars'
(from South Coast Helicopters) to chase the hero (Nicolas Cage) out of Las Vegas,
and follow him to a canyon hideaway. In the rotary action climax, there are two airborne FBI choppers and another machine (that's intended for use
by nuclear terrorists as their getaway route), which gets hit by gunfire during the police raid on a dockside building.
Niagara (1953) -
"in a great piece of flying and filming, a large US Coast Guard Sikorsky S-55 plucks a damsel
in distress from the brink of Niagara Falls." - NATHAN DECKER
Nighthawks (1981) - in this drama about terrorism, the hero (Stallone) faces a ruthless killer (Rutger Hauer), when the villains hijack a
cable car and the cops recon the hostage scene in a police helicopter.
Nightmare At Noon (1988) -
"Nico Mastorakis' movie has an interesting gunship conversion of a JetRanger helicopter with
stub wings and the following weaponry: two gatling guns (stub wing tips), two 19-shot rocket pods (inner stub wing pylons) and two WWII vintage
4.5-inch triple bazooka rocket tubes (outer stub wing pylons). Rocky Mountain Helicopters (of Utah) operated this modified chopper." -
Night Of The Comet (1984) - in this post-holocaust comedy-horror, a helicopter carries a pair of young female survivors to a secret US
military underground bunker.
Night Of The Lepus (1972) - this is a monster movie about giant man-eating rabbits! The only cult flick with killer 'thunder bunnies', it
features a Bell 47J-2 used by the heroes to search for the rabbits' burrow in Arizona. There's also a Bell 47G which appears during the rescue
sequence after nightfall.
Night Of The Living Dead (1968) - in the closing chapter of George A. Romero's seminal horror, the hunters of the undead are seemingly
aided by aerial reconnaissance, when a Brantley B-2 ultra light helicopter flies over the countryside.
The Night The World Exploded (1957) -
"a Bell 47G helps to save the world in this sci-fi thriller." -
Nikita (2010) - this TV action series is a remake about a rogue female spy. Season two, episode nine - Fair Trade, sees the heroine
using an A-Star helicopter for the getaway, to escape from the bad guys, while she's on a rescue mission.
Nim's Island (2008) -
a Bell 47 is used to transport Alexandra Rover (Jodie Foster) to cruise liner ship 'The Buccaneer'.
The scene stands out because the pilot manages to make a vertical landing onto a helipad atop a cruise ship during a tropical storm without any
difficulty. The engine noise has also been edited out and replaced with a turbine sound. - JOEL NELSEN
1984 (1984!) - Michael Radford's timely screen adaptation of George Orwell's nightmare future has a curiously old-fashioned whirlybird used
as the spy-in-the-sky. This footage appears, repeatedly, in the promo-video for Sex Crime by the Eurythmics.
1990: The Bronx Warriors (aka: 1990: I guerrieri del
Bronx, 1982) - this Italian sci-fi actioner features an NYPD Bell 206 JetRanger flying over the Bronx, and also an AS-350 used for the air-taxi
job. The finale has another JetRanger hovering over the back-streets while bad cops with flame-throwers arrive on horseback.
(aka: 9 Rota, 2005) - this Russian war film about Afghanistan features Mil Mi-24 Hind assault helicopters in key scenes. A pair of Hinds
fly above mountainous terrain during the opening credits. Hinds and a Mil Mi-17 Hip gunship appear in the CGI-enhanced airfield sequence where a
transport plane is shot down and crashes spectacularly. Hinds are seen flying above the armoured column but fail to provide air support when the
military vehicles get attacked. Finally, the Hinds have one big shoot-up in a battle for the heights, during this drama's somewhat lacklustre climax.
No Escape (aka: Escape From Absolom, 1994) -
"directed by Martin Campbell, this sci-fi movie features Russian helicopters used to deliver
new inmates and patrol the waters around the prison island. These are Kamov Ka-27 Helix choppers, modified with the addition of missile pods and
(maybe) a 'fixed gun' on the port side of the forward fuselage." - COSTAS TSAGANAS
No Way Back (1996) - this uneven crime thriller sees
a three-way shootout, between FBI, yakuza, and mafia henchmen, during which a Bell 206B JetRanger with a gunman aboard is shot down by a machine-gun
blast. The helicopter crashes and explodes in an unconvincing special effects sequence.
The Nutcracker (2010) - set in 1920s Vienna, this fantasy with musical scenes has a prototype steampunk helicopter designed with Jules Verne
style interiors, and co-axial rotors and mechanical legs as retractable landing gear. It is launched from a tower, flies over the city and, when
a fight breaks out inside the cabin, it crashes to the ground, soft-landing in a pile of toys.