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The Gypsy Moths (1969)

R  |   |  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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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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28 August 1969 (USA)  »

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Die den Hals riskieren  »

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Trivia

During filming at the airfield in Benton, Kansas, director John Frankenheimer wanted to get a real, horrified reaction from the extras playing the audience, so he had a mannequin dressed like a skydiver and tied it under a helicopter, which ascended several hundred feet, then released the dummy. Most of the people hadn't noticed what had been rigged up, so when it fell they thought it was a real person hitting the ground and he got the reaction he was looking for. One minor problem was that the pilot didn't gauge the wind accurately and the "skydiver" fell into some parked cars, narrowly missing some people and caving in the roof of an extra's car. The studio bought the car for several times what it was worth and the damaged vehicle spent the rest of the shooting behind one of the hangers. 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

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Wild Blue Yonder
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Music and lyrics by Robert MacArthur Crawford
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A rare look at the sport of sky diving.
4 May 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Directed by John Frankenheimer, best known for his political thrillers, this is one of the few films to take a serious look at the increasingly popular thrill sport of sky diving. Burt Lancaster, Gene Hackman and Scott Wilson represent three different points of view of sport parachuting. For Hackman it is a business, for Wilson it is about escape and acceptance, for Lancaster it is something more personal. Seven gifted amateur sky divers did over 2000 jumps to create the stunt work in this film. Between uncooperative winds and rain and with settings in parts of seven different Kansas locations they managed to pull together this film, which will have you on the edge of your seat all the way through. Excellent supporting turns are put in my Debra Kerr and William Windom


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