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Birds of Prey (1973)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller, Crime | TV Movie 30 January 1973
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... See full summary »

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Harry Walker
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Jim McAndrew
Elayne Heilveil ...
Teresa Jane
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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Aetoi tou prasinou valtou  »

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According to the stunt pilot on the film, David Janssen did some of his own flying in this movie. "A favorite project of [pilot Jim] Gavin's was the 1973 made-for-TV movie titled Birds of Prey. It starred David Janssen as a traffic reporter who discovers a bank robbery. 'Birds was a ground-breaking project,' he says. 'We took the helicopter out of its normal environment, put it in the city streets and did all the work with Janssen in flight for real. In fact, since he was a pilot Janssen did a lot of the flying, and I'd sit opposite him.' (Flying Magazine, June 1988, p. 30) See more »

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Teresa Jane: Look, I don't expect someone like you to understand.
Harry Walker: Yeah what do I know?
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Harry Walker: But I knew a guy once. Married young, married beautiful. He even treated her right the first year. And then for the next ten he broke her heart a day at a time. Moral - before you waste ten years, waste a month.
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DVD is available. Good! The soundtrack's trashed.Bad!
9 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was very happy to see that this movie was finally available on DVD and ordered it from Amazon. It arrived today and I was greatly disappointed to find that the soundtrack of WWII era music had been trashed and replaced with music that wouldn't even be accepted by Muzak!

What's missing? The opening and closing credits were over "I'll Get By", and Walker's (Janssen) requested song is "Three Little Fishies". In several scenes, Janssen can be seen singing along.

This movie is a great action film, but crappy soundtrack really detracts from the story.


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