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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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First feature length motion picture showing the daredevils of the sky who free fall from heights of 20,000 feet with only a ripcord between life and death! See more »

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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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A boat at the lake changes completely between shots. See more »

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Suzy Belmont: What do you suppose would happen if you poured acid into someone's parachute?
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HaSo - Stratosphere Boogie
Written by Jimmy Bryant
Performed by Jimmy Bryant and the Night Jumpers
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"We DO have frontier justice in this town, don't we??"
31 December 2005 | by (Wavy Wheat, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

It isn't fair to call "Skydivers" a train-wreck of a film, when the motif revolves around skydiving...so I'll have to call it a "plane crash" of a movie.

Technically speaking, this is actually the "best" of the Coleman Francis trilogy. "Beast Of Yucca Flats" has a plot that makes even less sense than this and has even more non-sequiteurs. "Red Zone Cuba" features far too much of Francis himself to be even remotely watchable. So if you HAD to watch a Coleman Francis movie, you should choose "Skydivers". Which is like saying that if you had to jump off a building, you should jump off the top floor of The "Stratosphere" tower instead of the Sears Tower or the Empire State building because the weather in Las Vegas is better.

Where "Beast" was a failed science fiction/horror film and "Red Zone Cuba" was a Bizarro World combination of a "Road" flick and a "Buddy" flick, the central concern of "Skydivers" seems to be sexual politics. I think. I can't really explain why else the two morons who want the airstrip owner dead put acid on his chute, so I'm pretty sure that sexual politics was involved. Highlights of "Skydivers" include...oh wait, don't tell me...um...uhhh, well parts of "Skydivers" that don't actually shut your cerebral cortex down include: the skydiving footage (because no one has to act), the impromptu party that breaks out on the airstrip for no apparent reason, (it brings the movie to a screeching halt, and that's a good thing), the guitar driven songs contributed by Dwane Eddy tribute band "the Night Jumpers", and the scene where everyone hunts down the killers and shoots them dead without benefit of a trial. (After all, they were fleeing the scene, so they HAD to be the killers, right???) Oh, and the scene where the jilted lover "Suzy" trades sex for the acid to put on the chute. And the long fistfight scene that tries to go "The Quiet Man" one better. And the repeated references to drinking coffee. ("Coffee?? Gee, that's better than SEX!!!")

Wait, those aren't highlights (well, the Dwayne Eddy songs are good). So this movie doesn't actually have anything to recommend it. Except for the fact that it is so unintentionally hilarious in its ineptness that it makes a fascinating example of what happens when people without talent insist on trying to make movies.

The MST coverage of "Skydivers" is one of their best episodes - it is just so ripe for the picking (and the kicking) that Mike and the Bots have a field day with it. So if you have some morbid urge to see this film, seek out the MST3000 version.


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