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Deadly Encounter (1982)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 19 December 1982
An ex-combat helicopter pilot (Larry Hagman) helps a widowed ex-girlfriend (Susan Anspach) find the black book her husband kept from mobsters.

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Sam
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Chris Butler
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Frank Kitchens
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John Servasco
José Chávez ...
Station Attendant (as Jose Chavez T.)
Jack Dunlap ...
Mickey
John Graham ...
Sagebrush Man
Arnold Jeffers ...
Paul
Hank Hendrick ...
Aide
Roger La Rue ...
Tall Officer (as Roger LaRue)
Glenn Miller ...
Pocotello Pete
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Mechanic
Janet Graham ...
Waitress (as Janet Rasak)
Gregorio Sánchez Sr. ...
Doctor (as Gregorio Sanchez Sr.)
Gregorio Sánchez Jr. ...
Doctor (as Gregorio Sanchez Jr.)
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An ex-combat helicopter pilot (Larry Hagman) helps a widowed ex-girlfriend (Susan Anspach) find the black book her husband kept from mobsters.

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pursuit | helicopter | chase | See All (3) »

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LARRY HAGMAN...takes on "the mob" in a race to find a hidden multi-million dollar fortune in...Deadly Encounter [Video]

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Action | Drama

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19 December 1982 (USA)  »

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American Eagle  »

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Sam's helicopter is a Hughes 500C, thousands of which were built for the US Army for use as scout ships during the Vietnam War. The two helicopters of the bad guys are Aerospatiale Alouette II's, and later an Aerospatiale Gazelle (the same as used in the 1983 film Blue Thunder). The helicopter used during the aborted pickup scene is a Bell JetRanger. See more »

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During the initial chase sequence the helicopters are seen flying down a busy street at low level, but in onboard shots (looking rearward) the street is totally deserted. See more »

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The best movie about helicopters
11 February 2003 | by (Nice, France) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie many many times, since I was a little boy. My dad is a helicopter pilot and he taped this movie on new year's eve, so he could see in the other day. Awesome, because I don't see any DVDs available so far. With it's storyline shifting between the US and Mexico, Sam Hooten (Larry Hagman) pilots a Hughes 500 series helicopter. He an ex-army pilot who now flies on his own. The story is pretty simple: Sam must protect an old girlfriend (Chris Butler, played by Susan Anspach) - who married a rich gangster - from other gangsters, flying her from USA to Mexico City. The great thing about this movie is the helicopter scenes; with amazing maneuvers and a lot of dogfighting. The movie gets to it's climax when Sam and Chris find themselves trapped by the gangsters and call Sam's old army buddies for help. This movie is worth watching because of the helicopters and planes. A real good classic.


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