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Birds of Prey (1973)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller, Crime | TV Movie 30 January 1973
A former fighter pilot now working as a radio station traffic reporter witnesses a bank robbery. He chases down the bank robbers and a hostage in his helicopter.

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Harry Klekas ...
Captain Slater
Sam Dawson ...
Inspector Sinclair
Don Wilbanks ...
Trucker
James W. Gavin ...
Police Pilot
Paul Grace ...
Robber #1
Wayne D. Wilkinson ...
Robber #2
Larry Peacy ...
Robber #3
Larry Doll ...
Robber #4
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Harry Walker, X-military pilot, works for a radio station in Salt Lake City as a traffic helicopter pilot. While on his rounds he observes a bank robbery taking place and the abduction of a female teller. He follows, 1st the criminals in their car, then they transfer to a helicopter. Harry is running out of fuel so he stops on the road to flag down a tanker truck, gets fuel then continues the pursuit. Written by Robert Fiedler <fied2032@dpnet.net>

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Before Blue Thunder, There Was ... Birds of Prey

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Action | Thriller | Crime

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30 January 1973 (USA)  »

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The Hughes 500C that "Walker" flew throughout the film is one of the few turbine-engine helicopters (worldwide) which is flown single-pilot from the left seat. Since people tend to scan visually from left to right... the same way they read a book... it was more effective to have Walker in a left-facing helicopter like the 500C, as opposed to say, a Bell JetRanger, or a Fairchild FH-1100 which are flown from the right seat. Director William A. Graham shot all of the close-ups from the left side of the ship, usually looking slightly upward, with a tight depth-of-field. This threw everything behind Walker's shoulders out of focus. However, this was a dual-control ship! Note particularly the take-off after Walker fueled-up from the tanker truck. If you look closely (despite the fuzzy focus) you can readily see that the right-seat position looks unusually lumpy. That's because the film pilot who was doing the actual flying, was crouched in there, under a black shroud. See more »

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Jim McAndrew: [after Walker saves him by ramming the robbers' helicopter] Damn it, Walker! Nobody asked you to do that!
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A fighter jock fonds a new war
3 October 1999 | by (York PA) – See all my reviews

David Jansen plays the phenominal role of ex-World War II fighter pilot who is a traffic heliocopter pilot. After seeing robbers flee a crime in a heliocopter he follows, refuels along the road, frees the hostage and enters into a showdown with the robbers.

The film has many scenes of sensational flying.


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