On a 4th of July weekend, three barnstorming skydivers arrive to perform in a small Kansas town. They are hosted by the youngest member Webson's aunt, the unhappily married Elizabeth. While Browdy one-nights with a topless dancer, a doomed romance flares up between Elizabeth and Rettig. Tension builds, and explodes with a spectacular skydiving show. Written by
When you turn on by falling free... when jumping is not only a way to live, but a way to die, too... you're a Gypsy Moth.
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Did You Know?
At the time the film takes place, some experienced sport parachutists used a lead fishing weight, forced over the last locking pin of their ripcord cables, to stop the cable from going all the way through the flexible steel cable housing when they opened their chutes. This technique allowed the ripcord to be pulled, opening the parachute, but the lead sinker retained the ripcord handle and cable at the end of the cable housing so the jumper wouldn't drop it. At the end of the film, when Browdy tells Malcom "When you pulled it, you really pulled it, didn't 'ya -- right out of the pack" after the memorial jump, he meant that Malcom pulled his ripcord so hard it forced the lead weight against the cable housing and right off the end of the ripcord cable -- which would take considerable strength. This practice was eventually dropped in the skydiving community when several dangling ripcord cables, retained in such a manner, got away from jumpers and wrapped around their opening parachutes, causing fatal malfunctions. See more
During the parachute jump that opens the film, the Gypsy Moths jump from the exact same plane flown by the same pilot they meet and hire - supposedly for the first time - in another town several days later. See more
Hey Kid... Next time you get in an airplane, make sure it's got a door on it!
Featured in The Sky Divers
Wild Blue Yonder
("U.S. Air Force Song")(uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Robert MacArthur Crawford
First two lines sung by Gene Hackman See more