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The Gypsy Moths (1969)

 -  Action | Drama | Romance  -  28 August 1969 (USA)
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Three skydivers and their travelling thrill show barnstorm through a small midwestern town one Fourth of July weekend.

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Mike Rettig
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Elizabeth Brandon
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Joe Browdy
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Malcolm Webson
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V. John Brandon
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Annie Burke
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Carl Reindel ...
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Dick Donford
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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 Markku Kuoppamäki

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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. See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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28 August 1969 (USA)  »

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Die den Hals riskieren  »

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This film is one of John Frankenheimer's two favorites of the films he has directed. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Malcolm Webson: [to Browdy] Sometimes I think you have a cash register for a head.
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Soundtracks

Wild Blue Yonder
("U.S. Air Force Song")(uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Robert MacArthur Crawford
First two lines sung by Gene Hackman
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Wonderful vintage skydiving sequences, interesting tale.
4 September 1999 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

Burt Lancaster, Gene Hackman, and Scott Wilson portray a team of professional sport parachutists barnstorming their way through small-town America.

The movie features some fine performances, particularly Lancaster's. I enjoyed the way the small town was depicted; it felt curiously familiar and yet distant at the same time. The movie holds its own, even 30 years after its initial release.

The jumping sequences are fantastic...truly the finest jump sequences ever captured on film at that time (1969). Pay particular attention to the 'cape' jumps, particularly the last one (Scott Wilson's) which gets me bug-eyed every time I see it (yes, I'm a jumper too).

Longish and slow-moving at times but well worth it.




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