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?
Thr parade scene featured in the movie was filmed in Abilene, Kansas and used the Abilene High School Band for the marching band. The railroad scene at the end was also filmed at the Union Pacific depot in Abilene, Kansas. 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
What I don't understand is, why you do this thing at all.
To me, it's a business.
And you Mr. Rettig? What's it to you? If you don't mind my asking.
I had a friend in the Army, a sergeant, a parachutist for about 20 years. He used to say that jumping was not only a way to live, but also a way to die. Damn few things are.
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