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

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A better topic for a 1970s movie than most.
5 May 2002 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

This was an interesting little movie that talked about the U-2 incident that took place in May 1960. Lee Majors was certainly not the Six Million Dollar Man here. If his acting did not convince us that he was Francis Gary Powers, his haircut in prison (which really looked like vintage Soviet) did. Noah Beery Jr., who played Powers' dad, was also quite effective.

Maybe the movie isn't exactly a prestigious production, but it is certainly a watchable and interesting one. The producers deserve credit for producing something that is based on a historical event that was an important one in the Cold War era, instead of something that is trashy. It is definitely worth watching.


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