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Release Date:
21 May 1976 (West Germany) See more »
He'll try anything once ... especially if it's impossible! See more »
Robert Culp plays Bracken, whose life seems perfect until his wife Ellen and their children are kidnapped by terrorists one day... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Coburn ... Jim McCabe

Susannah York ... Ellen Bracken

Robert Culp ... Jonas Bracken

Charles Aznavour ... Inspector Nikolidis

Harry Andrews ... Auerbach

John Beck ... 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

Ernie F. Orsatti ... Joe (as Ernie Orsatti)
Barbara Trentham ... Della

Henry Brown ... Martin
Cherie Latimer ... Cora
Simon Harrison ... Jimmy
Stephany Mathews ... Susie
Steven Keats ... Rudy

Directed by
Douglas Hickox 
Writing credits
Jack DeWitt (screenplay) (as Jack De Witt) and
Stanley Mann (screenplay) &
Garry Michael White (screenplay)

Hall T. Sprague (story) and
Bill McGaw (story)

Greg MacGillivray  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Sandy Howard .... executive producer
Bill McGaw .... associate producer
Terry Morse Jr. .... producer
Hall T. Sprague .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Jim Freeman (director of photography)
Greg MacGillivray (director of photography)
Ousama Rawi (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Malcolm Cooke 
Casting by
Lea Stalmaster 
Art Direction by
Terry Ackland-Snow  (as Terry Ackland Snow)
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous 
Makeup Department
Colin Jamison .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... makeup artist
Production Management
Aspa Lambrou .... production manager: Greece
Bernard Williams .... production supervisor (as Bernie Williams)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian W. Cook .... assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Chris Kenny .... second assistant director
Ted Sturgis .... assistant director
Art Department
Russell Goble .... propman (as Russ Goble)
Giorgos Iakovidis .... property master: Greece (as George Iakovidis)
Ian Whittaker .... set dresser
Arthur Wicks .... propman
Sound Department
Thanassis Arvanitis .... sound mixer: Greece
Ilias Panagiotopoulos .... boom operator: Greece (as Elias Panayotopoulos)
Special Effects by
Yannis Samiotis .... special effects assistant: Greece (as John Samiotis)
John Stears .... special effects
Bob Wills .... head stunt pilot
Peter Brayham .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Collins .... focus puller
Michael Garfath .... focus puller
Pat Gilluly .... aerial unit camera grip
Philip D. Schwartz .... assistant camera: aerial unit (as Phil Schwartz)
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Rita Burgess .... assistant editor
Donald Chu .... assistant editor
Christopher Holmes .... supervising editor
Chris Kelly .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Angela Allen .... script girl
May Capsaski .... location manager: Greece (as May Kapsaski)
David Dixon .... helicopter pilot
Jim Freeman .... aerial action director
Kurt Kiefer .... hang glider pilot
Yuri Kowalenko .... production assistant: Greece
Greg MacGillivray .... aerial action director
George Nolan .... helicopter pilot
Carol Price .... hang glider pilot
Chris Price .... hang glider pilot
Dix Roper .... hang glider pilot
Dean Tanji .... hang glider pilot
Chris Wills .... aerial consultant
Chris Wills .... lead pilot
Susie Wills .... hang glider pilot
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Assault on the Forbidden Fortress" - USA (poster title)
"SkyRiders" - USA (poster title)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

This movie's Hungarian 'Égi lovasok' title translates literally into English as 'Heavenly Riders'.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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What is the actual location of the monastery where the rescue takes place?
What is the actual location of the monastery where the rescue takes place?
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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Pretty bad: from mediocre to dumb, 7 June 2014
Author: vostf ( from Paris, Fr

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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