|Gene Hackman||Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton|
|Danny Glover||Capt. Bartholomew Clark|
|Jerry Reed||Col. George Walker|
|David Marshall Grant||Ross Carver|
|Clayton Rohner||Sgt. Harley Rumbaugh|
|Erich Anderson||Maj. Jake Scott|
|Joe Dorsey||Col. Douglass|
Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton is shot down behind enemy lines during the waning days of the Vietnam War. His only connection to the outside world is through radio transmission with Capt. Bartholomew ''Bird-Dog'' Clark, a pilot who helps him craft an escape plan and maintain his sanity. Lacking survival skills and unfamiliar with the harsh terrain in Vietnam, Hambleton is forced to fight for his life as he witnesses the shocking horrors of war.