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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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Typical 70's B Movie See more (14 total) »


  (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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Additional Details

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:

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This movie's working title was 'Hostages'.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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7 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Typical 70's B Movie, 4 April 2005
Author: jrs-8 from Chicago

"Skyriders" is a typical action film from the 70's that opened and closed within two weeks and your local theater and drive-in. It contains a few name stars (James Colburn, Robert Culp) but let's face it the action is supposed to be the star. On that score the film is not bad. The problem is it takes much too long to get to the action.

Colburn stars as a pilot whose ex-wife and child (along with another child fathered by Culp) are kidnapped by mercenaries for ransom. While Culp works on raising the money and cooperating with authorities, Coburn hires a band of expert gliders to aid in a rescue. All of this could have been told in a clean quick manner but it takes forever to get to the rescue. We even have a silly montage of the skydivers training Colburn. Not necessary. We want the action! Contrary to the first comment the skyrider scenes are not too dark even though the desired effect is for it to night time. Actually I think it was shot during the day and a dark filter superimposed on the film to make it look like night. If you look closely at the rocks you can see the shadows of the gliders. I never saw such pronounced shadows at night.

The gliding scenes are well done and thrilling up to a point. My biggest problem is that the escape plan seems all too easy seeing where the kidnappers are located. Of course it's not all done without a hitch but there are no real twists to keep things exciting. The last part of the film becomes a standard shoot em up film that you have scene hundreds of times before.

The film is mediocre at best. The good talent is pretty much wasted in an action film with not enough action or a smart script.

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