The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, 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
H.A. Toumlin
Scott Hylands ...
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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17 December 1978 (USA)  »

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A repülés úttörői  »

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Sister Katherine Wright never visited her brothers in North Carolina, although they wrote back and forth constantly. See more »

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definitely worth seeing
9 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

definitely a film worth seeing, though a little hokey and "movie cliché" in places (particularly specific lines of narration and dialogue). The visual aspects of the film, particularly the scenes featuring the characters flying the gliders are absolutely breathtaking, though the scene featuring the famous first powered flight is cut short for some reason as the plane is lifting off.

Because the film was made in the late 1970s, there are few visual effects shots (aside from the scene depicting Orville's crash, which is clearly a model). Consequently, many of the flying scenes feature real actors in very accurately designed prop gliders. This adds a sense of realism and gives the film a better sense of credibility.

I saw it as a young kid, and was inspired to learn more about the Wright Brothers and airplanes. Hopefully someone reading this will show it to their kid and they will have the same experience.

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