UFO (1970-3) - one episode of Gerry Anderson's first live-action TV sci-fi series features a plane-sized gyrocopter, based on tilt-rotor
designs, with VTOL rotor blades in its wings that can turn through 45 degrees for normal flight.
UHF (1989) - in a parody of Rambo, weird Al Yankovic pilots a helicopter to rescue his TV station's kidnapped janitor from the bad guys.
Ultraviolet (2006) - one CGI action scene in this sci-fi
adventure includes futuristic gunships, which chase a gravity-defying bike through the shiny city, until the heroine (Milla Jovovich) jumps her
motorcycle across rooftops, goes straight through the open cabin, and shoots the attacking helicopter down.
Uncommon Valor (1983) -
"has top-notch rotary action, as one of the first Vietnam POW rescue films. In the film, a
JetRanger and a Huey get shot down and they actually show the crash sequences. There is plenty of action and a fine story featuring a superb
performance by Gene Hackman. Strongly suggested viewing!" - JLH
"One of the ex-soldiers that Gene Hackman tracks down is a helicopter pilot who is now flying a Bell 47G." -
Undercover Brother (2003) - this blaxploitation
spoof ends its amusing super-spy jokes with arrival via helicopter of anonymous chief villain at The Man's island fortress. When the Eurocopter
AS355 TwinStar abandons a top white agent, he grabs onto landing skids and hitches a ride until black hero (Eddie Griffin) throws big combs to
dislodge white guy's hold, so he drops into the sea and is swallowed by a shark.
Under Fire - Roger Spottiswoode's excellent political thriller about journalists in war-torn Nicaragua, has several scenes with helicopters.
One of most notable is from an early scene set in Africa, captured by a news photographer (Nick Nolte), and shows a military chopper (a Bell UH-1N
Huey) flying above an elephant, to make a telling visual comment on the cultural and technological disparity between developed industrial nations
and the third world - and never mind that it's also a visual pun on Dumbo! There is also a heavily weaponised Aerospatiale SA 341 Gazelle
on gunship duty.
Under Siege (1992) - Andrew Davis' crowd-pleasing hijack thriller sees a big twin-rotor Kawasaki/ Vertol KV107 Sea Knight (operated by
Columbia Helicopters) bring a gang of villains (led by Tommy Lee Jones) to the deck of a
US battleship out at sea. The hero (Steven Seagal) blows the chopper to pieces during one of the film's ensuing firefights.
Later, another helicopter, carrying a Navy SEAL team on an anti-terrorist mission, is destroyed off-screen by the bad guys - using the hijacked
Navy ship's own arsenal of missiles.
Underworld: Evolution (2005) - the action packed climax of this vampires-versus-werewolves horror movie, features the rotor-blade
dismemberment of a bat-winged monster after he pulls an AS365 Dauphin helicopter down from an overhead hovering position into the ruins of a
castle. The chopper nosedives into the stonework with main rotors still turning fast enough to dry the heroine's hair, and slice up the
bulletproof villain. Sadly, too much of this 'stunt' sequence is obviously CGI work, or digitally enhanced live-action, so it fails to be
The Uninvited (2009) - this English-language remake of Korean horror movie A Tale Of Two Sisters (2003), features a Eurocopter AS-350
rescue helicopter hovering near the shoreline, while divers and cops search a missing boy and find a body in the water.
The Unit (2006) - US TV drama series, created by David Mamet, about the private lives and secret operations of America's military special
In season one's episode Dedication (directed by Helen Shaver), there's a Huey transport used by Delta Force teams during the mission
overseas, plus another helicopter (seen only as wreckage on the ground after being shot down, off-screen). The chopper returns in time for medevac
of survivors but one soldier dies in the flight home, and the pilot also gets shot and wounded by gunfire from enemy troops.
Eating The Young features the brief appearance of a Eurocopter AS 550 used by terrorists to haul away some missiles, bought on black market
in Brazil but (in a first-class visual effects sequence) our heroes use a Stinger rocket to destroy the helicopter in mid-air before it flies out
The Unit - season 2 (2007) - features various helicopters, including a Huey getaway vehicle from the first episode's desert mission. In
Force Majeure, an old Sikorsky S-61/HH-3E 'jolly green giant' is used for medevac from a flooded hospital in North Carolina, and the helicopter
flies into hurricane weather. Natural Selection has one American soldier on a mission in Russia, where he survives a helicopter crash
(not shown, but the wreckage appears to be a Hughes OH-6 Cayuse). Other episodes have an Alouette III (which doesn't fly), a Huey flight in the
Middle East, and for siege thriller In Loco Parentis, there's a toy-sized radio control flying video-camera used for aerial recon of the
The Unit - season 4 (2009) - the final season of this TV action series features only brief use of helicopters in five episodes. There's a
Bell 205 'Huey' ready to be used by the team for escape from Syria, but we don't see it airborne. For a kidnap chase, an MBB Bo-105 brings police
to catch s killer and prevent a murder. In another episode, a Huey performs medevac duty from Chilean mountains. During the gas attack storyline,
a Huey flies over an infected area. In the best overseas mission, a Huey crash-lands with the crew unhurt, but when the damaged helicopter is repaired
as the heroes' escape vehicle and gets airborne without the main team aboard; it's shot down and explodes on impact with a hillside.
Universal Soldier (1992) - in the opening raid to free some hostages, the cyber-commando team jump out of a Sikorsky S-58T helicopter
into the river near the Hoover Dam.
Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009) - this sci-fi horror directed by John Hyams is a sequel which reunites both stars (Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Dolph Lundgren) of the original movie. The ruthless kidnappers have a Sud-Aviation 365N1 Dauphin 2 for their getaway flight to a secret base, though
only one superhuman commando survives to land at the villains' hideout near Chernobyl.
Unspeakable (2002) - this derivative horror movie features a brief scene with helicopter gunships (a Hughes 500 and two Bell UH-1 Hueys)
providing air support for the police convoy transporting a notorious serial killer to prison for execution.
Unstoppable (2004) - this conspiracy thriller features a Bell model 430 executive transport, which brings drug buyers to a private
airfield and lands outside a hanger. When the clandestine deal goes wrong the chopper takes off and uses a minigun that's mounted inside its
main cabin to spray bullets at the hero (Wesley Snipes) as he flees into the hanger. When our hero shoots both the gunman and the pilot with
a sniper rifle, the helicopter explodes and crashes to the ground spectacularly.
Unstoppable (2010) - this was the last movie directed by Tony Scott, and it features a Eurocopter AS350-B2 used for gathering TV news coverage
of a runaway train in Pennsylvania.
There is another A-Star chopper operated by state police for airborne pursuit, and a low-flying Huey (Bell UH-1B) medevac helicopter that
attempts a rescue effort, which unfortunately fails to place a military hero safely aboard the unmanned locomotive.
Although it is obviously centred on the freight train, this movie has lots of superbly filmed aerial sequences and plenty of low-flying scenes
following the railway line, and circling above the engine and box-cars.
There is also an MD 600N, seen very briefly, at the press conference in the movie's conclusion. It is disguised in false 'state trooper' livery,
the same as the AS-350 helicopter. - BILL HIERS
US Marshals (1998) - several different helicopters perform various jobs in this chase thriller (starring Tommy Lee Jones), a sequel to
The Fugitive (1993). There's a TV news chopper (a Bell 206B JetRanger II) at the scene of a plane crash, the aerial search of a swampy river
for a fugitive (Wesley Snipes), plus executive air-taxi (a Bell 206L-3 Long Ranger III, and MBB BO-105) work to a small town hospital, and the city
docks where an Agusta A109A II appears.
"I'm a flight paramedic for my local helicopter service in Kansas. My claim to fame is that
the Eurocopter (MBB) BO-105 in the movie was used by our LifeTeam for about six months in 2001. It's now operated by an EMS service in Texas."
- TODD GOETZ