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Robert Culp plays Bracken, whose life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists one day. After failed attempts to capture them back by the police, ... See full summary »

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Auerbach
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Ben
Zouzou ...
Female terrorist (as Zou Zou)
Kenneth Griffith ...
Wasserman
Werner Pochath ...
Number One Terrorist
Antonis Antypas ...
Dimitri (as Anthony Antypas)
Telis Zotos ...
Bracken's secretary
Nikos Tsachiridis ...
Gatekeeper
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Joe (as Ernie Orsatti)
Barbara Trentham ...
Della
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Martin
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Storyline

Robert Culp plays Bracken, whose life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists one day. After failed attempts to capture them back by the police, Ellen's ex husband enters the fray and plans his own rescue attempt. James Coburn plays McCabe, Ellen's ex-husband who hires a crew of professional hang gliders to help him rescue her and the kids from the terrorist's mountain top lair. Written by Patrick Knightly <pjknight@polsci.umass.edu>

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He's got to get her out, if its the last thing he does! See more »

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21 May 1976 (West Germany)  »

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Assault on the Forbidden Fortress  »

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Trivia

This movie's Spanish 'El asalto de los hombres pájaro' title translates literally into English as 'The Assault of the Birdmen'. See more »

Goofs

During the supposed night-time rescue operation when the rescuers hang-glided in for the rescue, you can clearly see the shadows of the hang gliders on the rocks below them. So, clearly these scenes were shot in the daytime with a dark filter used to make it look like nighttime. See more »

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Pretty bad: from mediocre to dumb
7 June 2014 | by (Paris, Fr) – See all my reviews

I am struggling to pinpoint some clever stuff in Sky Riders. The plot, as the whole movie is mediocre at best. The story itself and story editing are really awful: boring stuff happens for most of the movie before we get to real action.

Coburn is good in a pretty lame role, but no actor really shines anyway since they've all been given stock characters to play without a personal touch. The gliding scenes are OK but it is really nothing close to tense action getting you to the edge of your seat. The Greek Monastery was a fine location/plot idea but it is totally wasted by the dumb script: assault is piece of cake, freeing the hostages is so easy that we have the annoying scene were the hero even has a little chat with the girl. And Day-for-Night may have been very fashionable around 1970, but the result is simply awful when supposedly tense action is shot that way for dozens of minutes.

I simply stopped to hope for something interesting by that point and even stopped watching the movie ten minutes before its ending. The escape and final shootout were simply the worst action finale I can remember.


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