5.7/10
624
14 user 10 critic

Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

Race for the Yankee Zephyr (original title)
In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from ww-ii. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter,... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Night of the Fox (TV Movie 1990)
Adventure | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An American officer on a Landing Craft carrying plans for the Allied invasion of Europe in Normandy takes part on landing maneuvers, his craft was attacked and sunk by German EBoats. and he... See full summary »

Director: Charles Jarrott
Stars: George Peppard, Michael York, John Mills
The Survivor (1981)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor, the pilot walks out of the wreckage. He doesn't remember the explosion or the crash, but 300 passengers & crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers.

Director: David Hemmings
Stars: Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joseph Cotten
The Soldier (1982)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Terrorists take over a plutonium bomb and threaten to detonate it in a Saudi Arabian oil field. A special anti-terrorist unit is sent in to stop them.

Director: James Glickenhaus
Stars: Ken Wahl, Alberta Watson, Jeremiah Sullivan
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In 1939, at a Paris café, six friends of various nationalities vow to meet again at the same spot after the end of WW2.

Director: Umberto Lenzi
Stars: George Peppard, George Hamilton, Horst Buchholz
Hit Man (1982)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A Spanish police chief hires an undercover agent (a Jewish mercenary(?)) to infiltrate a gang of heroin smugglers. The mercenary is code-named Eagle because of a tattoo. Infiltrating the ... See full summary »

Director: José Antonio de la Loma
Stars: Jorge Rivero, Maud Adams, Max von Sydow
Purple Hearts (1984)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In middle of the Vietnam war a Navy surgeon and a nurse fall in love while serving in Vietnam during the war. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Ken Wahl, Cheryl Ladd, Stephen Lee
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

An ex-GI's daughter is abducted by a gang of white supremacists. He calls on one of his former Army buddies, and together they set out to track down the gang and rescue his daughter.

Director: Joseph Manduke
Stars: Ken Wahl, George DiCenzo, Xander Berkeley
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

It's 1961. Two servicemen smuggle a box of military gear to USA. Leroy tries out a military camera and accidentally takes a picture of some military facilities. Army finds one of the pictures and thinks they're communist spies.

Director: Paul Glickler
Stars: Ken Wahl, Judge Reinhold, Annie McEnroe
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In 1916, a Mexican rebel named Cordoba steals six cannons from the forces of General Pershing who's been sent to bring order to the Texas-Mexico border. Pershing assigns a soldier named Rod... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: George Peppard, Giovanna Ralli, Raf Vallone
Certificate: GP Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After taking the fall for a train robbery, Harker Flet is released from prison and exacts revenge on his former partners who cheated him out of his share.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: George Peppard, Diana Muldaur, John Vernon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When an undergraduate commits suicide, his best friend Tom Betancourt is sent down from university because he did nothing to prevent the death, which he felt was a choice his friend had a right to make.

Director: David Hemmings
Stars: Robert Powell, Gayle Hunnicutt, Barry Morse
Existence (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

"The 14" or "Existance" has a mother of 14 children living in poor working class England falling sick and the children try to carry on as a family. Convincing acting from young actors raises this gritty tale above the horizon.

Director: David Hemmings
Stars: Jack Wild, June Brown, Liz Edmiston
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Barney
...
...
Gilbert Carson
...
Theo Brown
...
Baker
Grant Tilly ...
Collector
Robert Bruce ...
The Bartender
Harry Rutherford-Jones ...
Harry
Tony Sparks ...
Brown's Henchman
Clark Walkington ...
Brown's Henchman
Frank Taurua ...
Brown's Henchman
Steve Nicolle ...
Brown's Henchman
Dick Jones ...
Brown's Henchman
Dennis Hunt ...
Brown's Henchman
Edit

Storyline

In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from ww-ii. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter, because they know there are 50 million dollars in the wreck. Helicopter pilot Barney helps Gibbie against them, risking his life thereby. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Forty years ago, a government plane carrying the world's greatest fortune disappeared over the most desolate yet beautiful place on earth [USA Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

April 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the big early creative decisions about the picture was whether this action-adventure-race film would be an off-road land or underwater salvage movie. See more »

Goofs

There were apparently two different chopper/tractor hybrids made. The one used for most of filming had exposed drive wheels between the tank-type tread and the hull of the vehicle. However, the vehicle that Brown stops on the road has narrow treads with no inner wheels, and the wheel rims inside of the tread are totally different from those on the vehicle in other scenes. The cockpit plexiglas on the vehicles differs between the scene where Brown stops them and every other scene involving the hybrid vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Gilbert Carson: Yessir, big bucks. And nobody knows about it, but me.
Barney: Good for you. You know, you're eatin' the cat food.
Gilbert Carson: D'you know how much war medals is worth, to avid collectors?
Barney: Big bucks?
Gilbert Carson: Too darn right! You couldn't find 'em in a fit- cat food?
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the first unit credits, Theo Brown pops up in the lake, wearing an inflatable life vest and bellowing for help. He continues to call for assistance as the second unit credits roll. See more »

Connections

Featured in Dead End Drive-In (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Browneye
(uncredited)
Performed by Donald Pleasence and chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ain't no race like a drunken Aussie race!
10 July 2013 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

First and foremost I just have to state that nobody – and I do mean NOBODY – could depict a jolly old drunk like Donald Pleasance could! I already worshiped his alcoholic character in "Wake in Fright" (also an Aussie movie and quite possibly the most underrated film of all time), but that was a serious motion picture whereas "The Race for Yankee Zephyr" is more of a light-headed and comical treasure hunting adventure. Either way, Pleasance effortlessly steals every scene he's appearing in as the unintelligibly mumbling and heavily drinking poacher Gilbert Carson. His delicious and infectious laughter alone is enough reason to seek out this sadly forgotten early 80's flick as far as I'm concerned! Along with his "business" partner Barney, Carson is out in the beautiful New Zealand Mountains when a deer hunt goes awry and he falls from the shoddy helicopter into a lake. When he recovers, he actually notices that he stumbled upon the remains of an old American WWII aircraft named Yankee Zephyr. Now, during the brilliantly nostalgic opening sequences, we learned that this aircraft carried on board the Christmas gifts for all overseas fighting soldiers, including many cases of Whiskey, army decorations and a damn big load of gold bars! Carson hardly has the time to convince Barney and his estranged daughter Sally to help him bring back all this richness, as suddenly the obnoxious British millionaire Theo Brown arrives in town to claim the gold. Carson alone knows the exact location, but he definitely doesn't intend to share the gold – let alone the whiskey – with Brown, thus the race for Yankee Zephyr begins. I've read quite a number of negative and complaining reviews about this movie, but I seriously can't figure out why that is. Sure the production values aren't on the same level as other contemporary adventure movies (like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "Time Bandits") but it's nevertheless an exhilarating and enthusiastic effort that put a vicious grin on my face from start to finish. What's not to like in fact? There are numerous chase sequences on the land, in the air and on the water! There are Aussie bar fights and astounding landscapes to admire. And apart from Pleasance delightful over-the-top performance, there's also George Peppard who clearly enjoyed portraying an exaggeratedly stereotypical British villain. Heck, the film even shamelessly copies the legendary theme music from "The Great Escape"! Especially since I've seen the downright genius documentary "Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!" (if you consider yourself to be a cult-movie fanatic and you haven't yet seen this documentary, first of all shame on you and, secondly, hurry up) I've been moderately obsessed with Australian exploitation cinema and this one is a stellar entry. Quite the "dream team" was involved in this, notably writer Everett De Roche ("Razorback", "Long Weekend", "Roadgames"…) and David Hemmings in the director's chair. The latter is mainly known as a great actor ("Deep Red", "Blow-Up") but he also directed a couple of remarkable titles, like "The Survivor" and of course this little gem. Search for it! Unless you're a sourpuss, I guarantee you will not regret it!


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Go buy the movie, so we can talk about it knsevy
What a stupid cover art of the DVD!!! akuzmenko
Poor. Not even Donald Pleasence could save it. limecat86
I liked it. tomthemoore-820-254284
One of the oldest KY Bourbons notorious918
Discuss Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?