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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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Ford Rainey ...
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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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The Gypsy Moths fall fast. They can't stop risking their lives - not even for their down-to-earth women. 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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Trivia

A CD of Elmer Bernstein's complete musical score for the film was released in 2002 by FSM (Film Score Monthly) Silver Age Classics. 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: Remember what you always said when I first started with you? "Be careful." That's what you always said. "That's what's important in this business kid. BE careful."
Mike Rettig: Is that what I always said?
Malcolm Webson: Why are you taking so many chances now? What are you trying to prove?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) See more »

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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A must for any one who ever tried skydiving even once
17 May 1999 | by (maine) – See all my reviews

Like most films about individual type sports i.e. skiing, surfing, scuba diving etc. it helps if you've tried the sport at least once to be able to relate to what the picture is about. A small three man parachuting team barnstorms their way from town to town putting on a skydiving show. They roll out of one town into another and rather than stay at a hotel they are taken in by a couple who are related to one of the skydivers. Kind of like sailors on liberty the three are looking for a good time and after an uneasy dinner with the couple strike out in search of female companionship. They eventually all find some and the film even has an extramarital affair between Lancaster and Kerr. Some unexpected events at the subsequent air show twist things around and the hard to figure out scenes of a high school band practicing finally comes in to perspective. Good skydiving scenes, a little romance, a little sex not a bad film to see especially if you've ever taken the plunge out of a perfectly good airplane.


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