By: John M Jerva
Ahhhhh yes. July 20th, 1990. On this day all those years ago, one of my favorite films of all time hit theaters. Was it a Navy recruiting film disguised as a movie? Hell yeah it was but it was awesome and it starred a young Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn who is killer on anything that he does. That movie was Navy SEALS.
Directed by Lewis Teague, the supporting cast was top notch including Dennis Haysbert, Rick Rossovich, Cyril O’Reilly and the late, great Bill Paxton. The film was 90’s action at its best and it delivered enough firepower and carnage to satisfy any action buff.
To celebrate the anniversary of the release date, I have selected one the movie’s many fine action set pieces for a special Action Fix of the week. In this scene which opens the pic, the SEALs launch a daring rescue mission to save pilots who have been captured by terrorists and what culminates is a long and sustained gunfight as things don’t go according to plan but these are Naval Special Warfare warriors so it’s not a problem at all.
The scene is the highlight in my eyes as just as one of the helicopter pilots is about to get shot, the SEALs erupt into the room spraying fire everywhere and eliminating the threat with ease. It’s one of the best intros ever. They’re coming through windows, doors and even a skylight in spectacular fashion. It’s the quintessential “Hell Yeah” moment.
Biehn and Sheen (hey that rhymes) are at their best as are the rest of the crew and I’ll never forget the first time I saw it with my Dad on opening night. I saw it a few more times on the big screen and countless times since on VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray. It’s Top Gun with machine guns.
Enjoy and Happy Anniversary Navy SEALS!