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We're a small group of film fans dedicated to celebrating the cinematic art of exploding helicopters. You may not have noticed before, but helicopters in films have a curious tendency to blow-up. Often in bizarre circumstances.

For too long, this phenomenon has remained undocumented, under-researched and unappreciated. But we’re determined to change that.

We're attempting to catalogue every chopper fireball that’s been captured on celluloid. We want to eulogise those films which show innovative, imaginative and ingenious helicopter explosions. As well as point the finger at those directors who dishonour the genre with poorly executed whirlybird conflagrations.

As the world’s only scholars of helicopter explosions in film, we take our work seriously. We make no apology for the irreverent approach we may take to the rest of movie.

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  • Exploding Helicopter - The Domino Principle
    Exploding Helicopter - The Domino Principle “Salami, cheese, pickles in a barrel.” On this show Will is joined by Todd Liebenow from the Forgotten Filmcast to review the Seventies conspiracy thriller The Domino Principle (1977). They try and work out who’s out to get them while taking a look at an exciting exploding helicopter. Show notes The Domino Principle (1977) Director: Stanley Kramer Cast: Gene Hackman, Richard Widmark, Eli Wallach, Candice Bergen Plot summary: A Vietnam War veteran, imprisoned for murder, is offered his freedom if he accepts to undertake a contract killing for a shady organisation.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Takers
    Exploding Helicopter - Takers “Nice house. Cool view. Great scotch.” Heist films follow a largely identical template. A group of misfit individuals are brought together to execute a seemingly fool-proof plan, only for the whole enterprise to go disastrously wrong. So, given the plot of TAKERS (2010), it seemed only fitting that Exploding Helicopter regulars Will and Dara teamed up with Barry and Jairo from The True Bromance Podcast to discuss this masterpiece of cinema. Episode 79. Show notes Takers (2010) Directed by John Luessenhop Starring: Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy, TI, Chris Brown, Zoe Saldana, Hayden Christensen Plot: A seasoned team of bank robbers successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. But then a former member of their team is released from prison and convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to pulling off the grand heist, a reckless police officer inches closer to apprehending the criminals.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Golgo 13 The Professional
    Exploding Helicopter - Golgo 13 The Professional "I've waited so long for you to pull my trigger." On this show we're looking at a historic film. GOLGO 13: THE PROFESSIONAL (1983) is the very first animation to incorporate CGI. Not only that, the groundbreaking specials effects are used to explode a helicopter. Amazing! Who thought Exploding Helicopter podcast could be so educational? To review this epoch marking event we're joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday. Episode 78. Show notes Golgo 13: The Professional (1983) Directed by Osamu Dezaki Plot: After killing the son of a powerful oil tycoon, an assassin-for-hire becomes the target of American soldiers and superhuman killers. Stars: Tetsurô Sagawa, Gorô Naya, Toshiko Fujita
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  • Exploding Helicopter - The Lego Movie
    Exploding Helicopter - The Lego Movie “Release the copper choppers.” On this episode we venture into the world of animated exploding helicopter action when we review The Lego Movie (2014). We’re joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to discuss the film’s blend of comedy, action and social critique. And, of course, we look at the rare animated exploding helicopter action. Episode 76.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - You Only Live Twice
    Exploding Helicopter - You Only Live Twice “Japanese proverb say, bird never make nest in bare tree.” On this show Will is joined by Richard Kirkham from Kirkham A Movie A Day to review You Only Live Twice (1967). They discuss the film’s highs (and many lows), and examine the first fully formed appearance of Blofeld in the Bond universe. They also take a look at the film’s outstanding aerial helicopter battle as 007 fights four Spectre choppers in the iconic ‘Little Nellie’. Episode 75 Show notes You Only Live Twice (1967) Director: Lewis Gilbert Cast: Sean Connery, Tetsurô Tanba, and Donald Pleasance Plot: Agent 007 and the Japanese Secret Service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - The Hindenburg
    Exploding Helicopter - The Hindenburg “Next time we’ll take the titanic.” On this episode of Exploding Airship we take a look at one of the classics of the genre, The Hindenburg (1975). Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to discuss the film’s conspiracy thriller plot, it’s sprawling cast, and – of course – the exploding airship action. Episode 74. Show notes Director: Robert Wise Cast: George C Scott, Anne Bancroft, Burgess Meredith, William Atherton, Charles Durning. Plot: A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - worse movie not sure what this is
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Dhoom 2
    Exploding Helicopter - Dhoom 2 “Wait a minute, didn’t Snow White have seven dwarves?” Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday to find out what happens when you cross a buddy cop film with a Bollywood musical when they review Dhoom 2 (2006). They discuss the film’s over the top action sequences, dance numbers, and its chaotic efforts to incorporate every known genre (except horror) into one movie. And, of course, they take a look at the film’s spectacular exploding helicopter. Episode 73. Show notes Dhoom 2 (2006) Director: Sanjay Gadhvi Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Summary: Mumbai cops Jai Dixit and Ali Khan pursue a mysterious international super-criminal known only as Mr A. Their hunt takes them around the world as they try to stop the master thief taking down his next target.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Lone Survivor
    Exploding Helicopter - Lone Survivor “How much is an Arabian horse?” On this show Will is joined, once again, by Dara to look at the biographical war drama Lone Survivor (2013) starring Mark Wahlberg. They discuss the film’s brutal depiction of conflict, whether this is biography or hagiography, before swerving off for an examination of Mark Wahlberg’s musical career. And, as always, there’s a review of the film’s exploding helicopter action which features a unique chopper fireball. Episode 72. Show notes Director: Peter Berg Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch Plot: Biographical war drama, based on the eponymous 2007 non-fiction book by Marcus Luttrell. Set during the war in Afghanistan, it dramatizes the unsuccessful United States Navy SEALs counter-insurgent mission Operation Red Wings, during which a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team was tasked to track down a Taliban leader.
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  • Exploding Helicopter - Behemoth The Sea Monster
    Exploding Helicopter - Behemoth The Sea Monster “All this? For an over-sized crocodile?” On this special episode Exploding Helicopter travels back in time to 1959 to look at the very first film to feature an exploding helicopter: Behemoth The Sea Monster aka The Giant Behemoth. To review this historic moment, Will is joined by Nick Rehak from French Toast Sunday. They discuss the film’s creature feature thrills, the odd chemistry between the stars, and cinema’s helicopter explosion. Don’t miss this episode of Exploding Helicopter as we witness history in the making. Episode 71.
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