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Sky Bandits (1986)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, War  |  31 October 1986 (USA)
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Through a series of circumstances, a pair of Old West gunfighters end up as fighter pilots in World War I.



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When two cowboys are captured in the old west trying to rob a bank, they are exiled to the front lines of World War I to fight alongside the British. They get into a bet to see if they can fly a Gunbus, they do but then end up in another base under an officer who is determined to hunt down a German airship. Written by bob the moo

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There's a new kind of adventure in the air.


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Release Date:

31 October 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gunbus  »

Filming Locations:


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$18,000,000 (estimated)


$2,295,500 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Scott McGinnis turned down the supporting role of "Hollywood" in Top Gun in favor of the lead role in this film. See more »


In this film the officers rank insignia were on their shoulder epaulets as on WWII and modern British Army officers uniforms. In the first world war officers rank was shown on the sleeve cuffs. See more »


University of Hollywood Flight Song
Composed by Thom Keyes & Fred Woessner (as Fred Woesner)
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10 August 2000 | by (Bedford, England) – See all my reviews

Gunbus was the UK title of this film. Some trench scenes were filmed at Marston Mortaine in Bedfordshire (Disused LBC clay pits). I know this because I was an extra for some scenes - my one and only venture into the film world. But I was a mere dot on the screen and absolve myself of any responsibility for this dire, almost unwatchable attempt at comedy. 18 million dollars? Well, the catering was good.

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