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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
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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 »
[after Walker saves him by ramming the robbers' helicopter]
Damn it, Walker! Nobody asked you to do that!
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DVD is available. Good! The soundtrack's trashed.Bad!
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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