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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

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:  [light aircraft]  The same small airstrip found in all his films. 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 »

Quotes

Harry Rowe: Suzy, you're a broad. Get lost!
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Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) See more »

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HaSo - Stratosphere Boogie
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Woah! Did that just happen?
17 February 1999 | by (Pleasant Valley) – See all my reviews

This film tells the turgid tale of a man named Harry who is cheating on his wife (who is played by an actress named Kevin), who is cheating on him with his ol' war buddy Joe. At one point Harry dies, I think. The film-makers were a bit ambivalent on this point.

Anyway, this is a total movie-going experience. For one thing, Tony Cardoza, in the role of Harry, cannot act. Well, make that "DOESN'T" act. He says every line in the same monotone voice. It doesn't matter if his Skydiving Center is being shut down or he suspects his wife & best friend are making out on ladder or it's his turn to pick a song at the jukebox: HE NEVER CHANGES HIS EXPRESSION! It's pretty entertaining.

Don't worry, the supporting cast more than makes up for Cardoza's lack of a screen presence. Apparently director Coleman Francis stuck in all his odd, lumpy friends in the background of this epic. There's the excited Scotsman in his kilt, a manly woman who beats up a scrawny, Iggy Pop-esque fellow while dancing, a noodly retarded photographer, a bland guy holding a guitar for no apparant reason, a beatnik holding a rooster, a gal who wears Roller Skates and an Ice skating outfit no matter where she is (including a bar), a perky gal in a polka-dot bikini dancing at the airfield (the camera focuses on her buttocks for 75% of the dance sequence), the confused millionaire, the weasly lawyer (wonderfully played by Harold Saunders from Francis' Red Zone Cuba), the confused old lady in a straw hat, the excited immigrant girl, and Steve, the creepy, stubbly Skydiver who falls to his death after yelling that skydiving is "FUN"!

Personally, I love all of Coleman Francis' unique films. Each chapter in his trilogy paints a portrait of a dark, plane-obsessed man who drank a lot.

And that's just fine with me.


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