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The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)

A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite ... See full summary »

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Gruen
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Hannah
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Brigadier
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Remson
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Dempsey
Dorothy Fielding ...
Denise
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Avery
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Homer
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Howard K. Smith
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Hippie
Ramon Chavez ...
El Capitan
Stacy Newton ...
Cowboy
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Horse Lady
Jack Dunlap ...
Drinking Buddy
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A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite the best efforts of a dogged cop. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Who says you can't take it with you ?


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13 November 1981 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The true hijacker, of which this movie is based upon, never used the alias D.B. Cooper. Instead he used "Dan Cooper". D.B. Cooper was the name of a person the police checked out, in case the hijacker had stupidly used his own name. The media got hold of the info that the police were checking out the rap sheet of a "D.B. Cooper" and the name has stuck ever since. See more »

Goofs

During the chase, the left wheel is wrenched off the biplane after D.B. uses it to pierce the roof of a car. But in later scenes, the biplane appears with its right wheel missing. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits says Possum - Marsoupial See more »

Connections

Referenced in Abominable (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

You Were Never There
Sung by Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter
Written by Michael Smotherman
Songs of Bandier-Koppelman, Inc (ASCAP)
Garbo Music (ASCAP)
If Eyes Incorporated (ASCAP)
Seventh Son Music (ASCAP)
Chappel Music (ASCAP)
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rambling chase
9 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

The mysterious hijacker with the alias D.B. Cooper (Treat Williams) jumps out of the back of the plane. The bomb is fake. Bill Gruen (Robert Duvall) is an investigator for the insurance company out $200k in ransom. He discovers that Cooper's real identity is his Ranger trainee and Vietnam hero Jim Meade. Meade had prepared by hiding equipment and a jeep. He drives out of the forest during deer season. Also on the chase for the reward is old war buddy Remson. Gruen zero in on Meade's wife Hannah (Kathryn Harrold).

There is a fair cat and mouse chase with Williams and Duvall. It isn't all logical. It's not that intense. It rambles a bit. It has a light fun tone. It's inspired by the real case but isn't real even with the start. Duvall keeps this movie just compelling enough to watch.


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