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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Fielding ...
Howard K. Smith
Ramon Chavez ...
El Capitan
Stacy Newton ...
Pat Ast ...
Horse Lady
Jack Dunlap ...
Drinking Buddy


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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Pursuit  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


John Frankenheimer was the original director, but he was replaced by Buzz Kulik before shooting began. Well into shooting Kulik was replaced by Roger Spottiswoode. Only Spottiswoode received screen credit. See more »


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 »

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The end credits says Possum - Marsoupial See more »


Referenced in Abominable (2006) See more »


Maybe He Knows About You
Sung by Rita Coolidge
Written by Enid Levine
Songs of Bandier-Koppelman, Inc (ASCAP)
Chappel Music (ASCAP)
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Not all that bad
10 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film is just a long big chase scene and it's fine on those levels. Treat Williams is great in the lead and Kathryn Harrold is simply beautiful. Although it's doubtful that this film portrays what really happened to D.B. Cooper, it's quite enjoyable. My only problem with the movie is that there isn't much character development, but one of the best things about this movie is all of the beautiful scenery. From the green forests of Oregon to the raging rapids of Wyoming and to the isolated deserts of Arizona. It's all good and I suggest that anyone who can't find something to do for ninety minutes should watch this.

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