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The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History  -  17 December 1978 (USA)
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The story of the Wright Brothers and the events that led to the famous first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Huffman ...
William Tate
Robin Gammell ...
H.A. Toumlin
Glenn Curtiss
Kate Wright
Bishop Milton Wright
Prof. Samuel Langley
Joseph Bernard ...
Mayor of New York
Lew Brown ...
Harlan Mumford
Carole Tru Foster ...
Agnes Osborne
Ace Hutchin
Mo Malone ...
Elizabeth Mayfield
Robert Casper ...


The story of the Wright Brothers and the events that led to the famous first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.

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Drama | History





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17 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ilmojen valloittaja Kitty Hawk  »

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The usage of mountainous southern California landscape as a backdrop for the Wrights' Dayton Ohio experiments of 1904 and 1905 is conflicting. In original surviving photos of the Dayton Ohio terrain, the surrounding area is shown to be flatlands. See more »

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Nice-Looking, Low-Key Story Of The Wright Brothers
24 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another film that still hasn't come out on DVD that I would love to see in that format. Few people, I gather, have seen this in any format since my review is only the third on this website even though the movie was made almost 30 years ago.

It's not a great movie but it has a dream-like look and feel to it, which is why a good DVD transfer could give it justice. It's a nice, clean movie with no profanity or blood and an interesting story of the Wright Brothers struggling to build their first airplane and then keep their famous plans and ideas from being stolen by others. There is a lot of justified paranoia in here.

On the odd side, if I didn't know it was Michael Morarity, I would have thought this was some rookie actor who couldn't put any inflection into his lines, but maybe his "Wilbur Wright" character is supposed to be this ultra-key. Nonetheless, Moriarty sounded very wooden. The movie also drags a bit here and there, which might be one reason it's difficult to find and still not out on DVD. I'm still glad I own the VHS because, overall, it's a nice film and a worthy addition to any collection.

NOTE: I've been told Wilbur Wright was a very low-key guy, so Morarity acted that way on purpose.

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