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The Skydivers (1963)

 |  Drama  |  13 November 1963 (USA)
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A woman seeks revenge on her former lover, who owns a skydiving business.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Casey ...
Beth Rowe
Eric Tomlin ...
Joe Moss
Anthony Cardoza ...
Harry Rowe (as Tony Cardoza)
Marcia Knight ...
Suzy Belmont
Bob Carrano ...
Bob
Michael Rae ...
Red
Jerry Mann ...
Bernie
Keith Walton ...
Jim the Photographer
Paul Francis ...
Pete
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Frankie Bonner
Jimmy Bryant ...
Himself - Night Jumpers Guitar Player
Rue Barclay ...
Himself - Night Jumpers Bass Player
Junior Nichols ...
Himself - Night Jumpers Drummer
Harold Hensley ...
Himself - Night Jumpers Sax Player
Harold Saunders ...
Mr. Morgan (as Howard Saunders)
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A couple own an airfield which makes its money on skydiving in the middle of New Mexico. They are having marital problems because the man is cheating on his wife, but remains she tries to remain true to him. The woman he is cheating with is jealous of the man's wife, so she seduces another guy to conspire with her to kill him. Meanwhile, the wife is cheating on the cheating husband with the husband's old Army buddy... and they all enjoy coffee all the while. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Coleman Francis:  [vigilante shooting]  Joe and Suzy are gunned down by Coleman Francis and the law(?) at the end with no trial or arrest. See more »

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As a car pulls up to the plane the passenger door comes open and the driver never bothers to close it. See more »

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Harry Rowe: Suzy, you're a broad. Get lost!
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HaSo - Stratosphere Boogie
Written by Jimmy Bryant
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Remember Folks, Sex For Sundries is FUN!!!
5 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just try and keep this straight: Harry is married to Beth (with whom he runs an airport/parachuting school), but catting around with Suzy, who also has a thing going with Frankie, who used to work for Harry. Frankie's place as mechanic has been taken by Harry's war buddy Joe, who would probably like to take Harry's place as Beth's husband as well. But when Harry leaves Suzy and calls her a "broad" in the bargain, well, she just has no other choice but to Do The Nasty with the local pharmacist in exchange for a little acid to pour all over Harry's parachute, which she does with the help(?) of Frankie (actually, she does the driving, the planning, gets the acid, and actually applies it to said parachute--while he stands and/or sits around looking stupid and/or nervous).

Anyways, after you're finished doing the sexual algebra--well, there isn't much left to do after that, except enjoy the spectacle of writer/director Coleman Francis' misfiring-synapse style of editing, in which the flow of scenes is interrupted with irrelevant closeups or bits of action involving other characters who have not previously been been seen on-camera (all but the most important characters in this film tend to pop up without explanation and to disappear in similar fashion--given that this film is too cheap and amateurish to deserve shelter on Poverty Row, Francis probably couldn't afford actual exposition, or maybe he didn't think about it until after the bulk of the film was shot, or maybe he shot the footage, got drunk, and suddenly ran across it in the editing room and tried to splice it in before the Four Roses left him snoring over the moviola).

You could talk about the acting, I suppose, but it would be a waste of time, given that most of the cast, with the exception of Kevin Casey (Beth) and Marcia Knight (Suzy) don't actually bother with it. The cast seems to consist mostly of people who gave him money to make the film or the relatives of people who gave Francis money to make the film, or of members of his family, or of people he ran into while on a bender. The result is the weirdest cast this side of a Fellini movie, but unlike Fellini, who generally picked talented and/or appealing oddballs to appear in his films, Francis just picked oddballs. Although there IS a tall blonde here that wouldn't look out of place dancing in the Trevi Fountain at dawn--Marcello Mastroianni optional.


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