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Encyclopedia > Wing Commander (film)
Wing Commander
Directed by Chris Roberts
Produced by Donna Burkons,
Joseph Newton Cohen,
Jean-Martial Lefranc,
Todd Moyer
Tom Reeve
Romain Schroeder
Neil Young
Written by Chris Roberts
Kevin Droney
Starring Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Saffron Burrows
Matthew Lillard
Tchéky Karyo
Jurgen Prochnow
David Warner
Ginny Holder
Hugh Quarshire
Ken Bones
John McGlynn
Richard Dillane
Mark Prowley
Davif Fahm
Simon MacCorkindale
Fraser James
Music by David Arnold
Kevin Kiner
Cinematography Thierry Arbogast
Release date(s) March 12, 1999
Running time 100 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

Wing Commander is a science fiction film loosely based on the Wing Commander computer game series. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Chris Roberts (born May 27, 1968) is a computer game designer and programmer. ... Chris Roberts (born May 27, 1968) is a computer game designer and programmer. ... Freddie James Prinze (born March 8, 1976) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his leading roles in teen-oriented films. ... Saffron Dominique Burrows (born October 22, 1972[1]) is an English actress. ... Matthew Lyn Lillard (born January 24, 1970) is an American actor. ... Tchéky Karyo as Dmitri Mishkin in the James Bond film Goldeneye. ... Jürgen Prochnow (June 10, 1941 in Berlin) is a German actor. ... David Warner may refer to: David Warner (actor), a British actor. ... Main title caption from Falcon Crest. ... David Arnold (born February 27, 1962 in Luton in Bedfordshire, England) is one of the most popular and successful young British composers[citation needed]. He is probably best known for the film scores to Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996) and four James Bond films. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (72nd in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Poster for 2001: A Space Odyssey, an archetypal science fiction film Science fiction film is a film genre that uses speculative, science-based depictions of imaginary phenomena such as extra-terrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, and time travel, often along with technological elements such as futuristic spacecraft, robots, or other technologies. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Wing Commander game series. ...


Directed by Chris Roberts, the creator of the computer game series, it stars Freddie Prinze, Jr., Saffron Burrows, Matthew Lillard, Tchéky Karyo, Jürgen Prochnow and David Warner. Chris Roberts (born May 27, 1968) is a computer game designer and programmer. ... Freddie James Prinze (born March 8, 1976) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his leading roles in teen-oriented films. ... Saffron Dominique Burrows (born October 22, 1972[1]) is an English actress. ... Matthew Lyn Lillard (born January 24, 1970) is an American actor. ... Tchéky Karyo as Dmitri Mishkin in the James Bond film Goldeneye. ... Bold textItalic text Jürgen Prochnow as Duke Leto Atreides in David Lynchs Dune Jürgen Prochnow [IPA: jʏrgÉ›n prÉ”xnÉ”v] (June 10, 1941 in Berlin) is a German actor. ... David Warner David Warner (born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England) is an English actor who often plays sinister or evil characters. ...


In the United States, the film is rated PG-13 for sexual references and violence. The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ...


The film borrows heavily from naval warfare films such as Das Boot, going so far as to include a scene where the TCS Tiger's Claw is "depth-charged" (the imitation went so far as to have all of the characters try to be perfectly quiet during this scene so they would not be detected, despite the fact that sound doesn't travel in space). It was shot in Luxembourg on a minuscule budget[citation needed] resulting in, among other things, unconvincing aliens that appear as little as possible in the final edit of the film. The Rapier fighters in the film were built from heavily modified cockpit sections of English Electric Lightning fighter jets, and most space special effects were computer-generated. The film was a commercial and critical failure. Das Boot (IPA pronunciation: /das boːt/, German for The Boat) is a feature film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, adapted from a novel of the same name by Lothar-Günther Buchheim. ... The English Electric Lightning (later the BAC Lightning) was a supersonic British fighter aircraft of the Cold War era, particularly remembered for its great speed, and its natural metal exterior that was used throughout much of its service life with the Royal Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force. ... Cleopatra is the biggest box-office bomb of all time. ...

Contents

Plot

Set about one month before the first Wing Commander computer game, the story unfolds in the middle of an interstellar war between the human Terran Confederation and the cat-like alien Kilrathi Empire. The movie follows the exploits of Christopher Blair, a young pilot assigned to the TCS Tiger Claw. There he and the crew of that carrier are given the mission to buy time for the Confederation's fleet to set up a defensive line to protect Earth and to help stop the invading Kilrathi armada. Tension also exists between Blair and the crew of the Tiger Claw due to the fact that he was born a "Pilgrim", one of a strain of humanity (who have special abilities relating to interstellar navigation) that had previously fought against the Confederation. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Wing Commander game series. ... The Terran Confederation is the primary human government in the Wing Commander science fiction series. ... The Kilrathi are a race of warlike, felinoid aliens in the popular computer game series Wing Commander by Origin Systems. ... Christopher Maverick Blair is the players character throughout much of the Wing Commander computer game series. ... In the feature film Wing Commander, based on the computer games of the same name, the Pilgrims were a fictional ethnic group. ...


Relations to other Wing Commander works

The movie, while having several similar features to the games and the books (the names of the characters and ships), has some differences, such as the inclusion of the Pilgrims as a subset of humanity that had not been mentioned before. Other differences are the way the ships look (those in the movie are presented as an earlier model of those in the games), and changes to several characters' ranks and positions. The appearance of the fighters is mainly due to the resourcefulness of the special effects team, who built the fighter mock-ups from scrapped RAF fighters. Character backgrounds have been altered (in particular, Admiral Tolwyn's), rendering the movie of dubious canonicity. The post-film novel Pilgrim Stars takes the conflict with the Pilgrims in Sol Sector well into the time that the Tiger's Claw is known in the game series to have been fighting the Kilrathi in Vega Sector. Admiral Sir Geoffrey Tolwyn, Bt. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Additionally, Angel, who is of Belgian background and speaks with a French accent in the games, is portrayed in the film with a clear British accent and no mention is made about her background. Ironically Paladin, instead of Scottish, is shown as French and speaks with a French accent (actor Tchéky Karyo is Turkish-born but French-raised). David Suchet plays Captain Jason Sansky, while the Captain of the TCS Tiger's Claw in the games was a Captain Thorn. Tchéky Karyo as Dmitri Mishkin in the James Bond film Goldeneye. ...


Several sub-plots developed in Wing Commander II and III, including Blair's relationship with Angel and Paladin's assignment to Special Operations, are developed in the film.


Also, the Kilrathi, portrayed in the games as heavily furred, cat-like aliens, became far more lizard like in the single movie scene where they are witnessed in the flesh (Game vs film). However, according to Roberts, the appearance of the movie Kilrathi is how he always intended it to be, while the Kzin-like appearance of the games is non-canon. Roberts, like Star Wars creator George Lucas is, however, known to have changed his creative vision multiple times. The Kzinti (singular Kzin) are a fictional, very warlike and bloodthirsty race of felinoid aliens in Larry Nivens Known Space series. ... Opening logo to the Star Wars films Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe that was created by writer/producer/director George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ...


Novelization

The novelization of the film by David Tepol was fairly faithful to the film itself. However, in the book the plot to discredit Blair is more far-reaching and includes David Suchet's character, Captain Jason Sansky. There is also more general information about the Kilrathi and their first attack on a space station. However, it is not unusual for film novelizations to differ from the screenplays in some way. David Suchet OBE (born May 2, 1946) is an English actor best known for his television portrayal of Agatha Christies Hercule Poirot in the television series Agatha Christies Poirot. ...


Trivia

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Notes and references

1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... March 15 is the 74th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (75th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with a length of 30 days. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Wing Commander - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (188 words)
Wing Commander (rank), in some air forces, is a rank equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel in other air forces.
Wing Commander (title), is a duty title in the United States Air Force.
A wing is a large command, usually comprising a large Air Force base or large flying mission, and a Wing Commander is typically a senior Colonel or Brigadier General.
Wing Commander (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (290 words)
Wing Commander is a 1999 science fiction film based on the Wing Commander computer game series.
The film borrows heavily from naval warfare films such as Das Boot, going so far as to include a scene where the TCS Tiger's Claw is "depth-charged".
Set about one month before first original Wing Commander, the story unfolds in the middle of an interstellar war between the human Terran Confederation and the cat-like alien Kilrathi Empire, the movie follows the exploits of Christopher Blair, a young pilot assigned to the TCS Tiger's Claw.
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