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Birds of Prey (1973)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Thriller | Crime  -  30 January 1973 (USA)
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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... 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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Trivia

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: Hey Walker, remember how we used to make simultaneous approaches on intersecting runways?
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Underrated.

Elegaic, and subtly played by the star. How often could you say that of a 70's TV movie? (I think) there is a closing line in the movie, "You didn't have to do that." It's about having been brave once, in forgotten circumstances, and then, suddenly, living up to that again in old age. Of course, it's full of technical glitches and cliches, but I like it.


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