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Release Date:
30 January 1973 (USA) See more »
Before Blue Thunder, There Was ... Birds of Prey
Harry Walker, X-military pilot, works for a radio station in Salt Lake City as a traffic helicopter pilot... See more » | Add synopsis »
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David Janssen ... Harry Walker

Ralph Meeker ... 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

Directed by
William A. Graham 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Robert Boris  screenplay
Robert Boris  story
Rupert Hitzig  story

Produced by
Alan A. Armer .... producer
Roger Gimbel .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jack Elliott 
Allyn Ferguson 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth 
Film Editing by
Jim Benson 
Casting by
Jack G. Roberts 
Costume Design by
Ray Summers 
Makeup Department
Bob Stein .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Huddleston .... unit production manager (as Bob Huddleston)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Rawlins .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tom Fairbanks .... property master
Sound Department
Dean Gilmore .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects
Jesse Wayne .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip
Frank M. Holgate .... camera operator
Gary Holt .... gaffer
Thomas Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Cameron .... executive production supervisor
James W. Gavin .... aerial supervisor
Joyce King .... script supervisor
Peter Lake .... assistant to producer
Denis McCallion .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Jim McAndrew:Hey Walker, remember how we used to make simultaneous approaches on intersecting runways?See more »


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Harry Walker is Back!, 5 July 2005
Author: Patrick E. Abe from Wahiawa, HI

I'm not 100% sure if I saw this TV movie when it first appeared on ABC because this was before my family had a VCR. However, I must have, since I recall "Three Little Fishies" and "I'll Get By" playing during the course of the movie. Some years later, I saw it listed on TBS and fired up the non-HiFi Betamax to capture this "aerial cops-and-robbers" movie. (Alas, none of the surviving Betamaxes can play the tape, so it's all a matter of unreliable memory. No, I didn't get a VHS unit until the VCR wars were over.) At first glance, it looked like a routine movie about a helicopter pilot going about an ordinary day, with a traffic jam and sunbathing beauties to liven up his day. The opening sequence referring to his days as a Flying Tiger and the testy relationship with his ex-buddy-turned police captain should have been a tipoff that things were going to get interesting. Then there was the break in at the military weapons depot by fur-faced, sunglass wearing perpetrators who were OK within killing anyone who stood in their way. Unlike the technowizardry found in "Blue Thunder," Harry walker has only the tools at hand to face down a set of not-ready-for-peacetime military veterans. As the only game in town once an ordinary bank heist turned into an aerial pursuit, this movie shows why Tom Brokaw would call such folk "The Greatest Generation." Considering what kinds of special efx were available at that time, this movie shows what a difference between the real thing vs. the green screen DFX-safe world of today. (As with screenplays, Real trumps Imagination or even "Reimagining".) A chance search on for a butchered VHS version yielded an "On Order" notation. Release of "Birds of Prey" is set for July 12, 2005, and I'll be there to fly the spacious skies of Utah once again, even if "Three Little Fishies" or "I'll Get By" aren't in the soundtrack.

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