Made in 1991 and released to video in 1997 (by Troma, a distributor with no shame), TOMCAT ANGELS is shoddy even by the standards of director Don Edmonds, the man who gave the world ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS (1974).
Callie Baker (Kerri Danesi), Jade Han (Daphne Rogers), Miriam Scotty (Jasmine Totschek), and Leah Harper (Lesley Heart) are the first women to graduate from the US Navy's training program for fighter pilots. Callie and Jade are assigned to active duty in the Persian Gulf, where Callie is thrilled
to be able to shoot down a "raghead" on her first outing. Commander T.J. Nash (Craig Shoemaker), the women's instructor and Callie's lover, gets the OK to assemble the five of them into a squadron, which they dub the Tomcat Angels.
On a flight deep into enemy territory, Callie is shot down and captured. She is rescued from torture by General Hussein (Brian Colgan), but only on the condition that she become his lover. Planning to keep her permanently, the General fails to report Callie's capture to the Americans. The Tomcats
learn of Callie's whereabouts from Yousaf (Joacim Joacim), an Arab soldier who has defected in order to help Callie. With Yousaf's help, the Tomcats fly into enemy territory, locate the camp where Callie is being held, murder the General, and return home, shooting down a few more enemy fighter
planes on the way.
Apparently conceived of as a distaff TOP GUN (1986), TOMCAT ANGELS pads out stock footage of aerial maneuvers with dull sexploitation footage. Inserted footage shows our heroes strapped into the most blatantly fake cockpits since PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959). That's typical of a movie that is
bottom of the barrel in every respect: the photography is washed out and colorless, the sound atrocious (you can't hear the dialogue in any scene that has music), the script stupidly racist (one of the Tomcats refers to Arab Yousaf as "Gunga Din"), and the dialogue filled with cliches too tedious
to remember. (The only line that manages to be bad enough to be laughable is when General Hussein, played by an actor who looks about as Arab as George Bush, says to Callie, "You have what in your country would be called a lovely nose.") (Violence, extensive nudity, sexual situations, adultsituations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: NR
- Review: Made in 1991 and released to video in 1997 (by Troma, a distributor with no shame), TOMCAT ANGELS is shoddy even by the standards of director Don Edmonds, the man who gave the world ILSA, SHE-WOLF OF THE SS (1974). Callie Baker (Kerri Danesi), Jade Han (D… (more)