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Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident (1976)

The story of Francis Gary Powers, a U-2 pilot for the CIA who was shot down in his spy plane over Russia, captured and imprisoned.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Powers
Marcel Hillaire ...
Alf Kjellin ...
Ivan Vasilev
Charles Robinson ...
Wheatley (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Katharine Bard ...
Ida Powers


The story of Francis Gary Powers, a U-2 pilot for the CIA who was shot down in his spy plane over Russia, captured and imprisoned.

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Release Date:

29 September 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Fall Gary Powers  »

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Back in 1962, Roger Corman hired Robert Towne to write a quickie screenplay based on the Francis Gary Powers incident. However, "I Flew a Spy Plane Over Russia" unfortunately never got to be filmed. See more »

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Good historical film, but could have been much better!!
4 May 2014 | by (Bogotá, Colombia) – See all my reviews

This film shows in a couple of hours one of the most impacting and important events of the cold war. Based on the book written by Gary Powers, it is accurate but as stated above, could have been much better. Little attention is paid to the flight itself, the beautiful U-2, the main star of the picture, is not shown as much as it should be. I think it could have included more about the U-2 design at Lockheed, the work of that genius called Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson, chief designer of the U2 and how the CIA decided to carry out those spy flights, how they picked the pilots etc. etc. If it was made today, I'm sure it would have included very important situations and happenings that the film misses. But at least it is the only one that shows this historical event so important to the history of not only the United States and the former Soviet Union but the world over. New generations of the whole planet must know about this incident.

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