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(1989)

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Never given a cinema release in the USA.
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Producer Gary Kurtz was having major financial difficulties while the production and filming on the film took place. He was in the middle of a divorce case which he lost and lost all of his profits from the Star Wars films in which were used to finance this film in part. This is one of the major reasons that the film has gone public domain since it's release.
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The aircraft Hamill's character is flying is a BROOKLAND AEROSPACE OPTICA OA7
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Byron's line "I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth - put out my hand and touched the Face of God," is taken from the poem High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., a British-American aviator who died in a mid-air collision during WWII. On his grave is inscribed the first and last lines from his poem. This line is a direct allusion to that poem and befitting the film's predominant theme of aviation.
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The first film that Mark Hamill worked with Producer Gary Kurtz since Star Wars. He did not produce Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) as he was replaced by Howard G. Kazanjian after a falling out between Kurtz and George Lucas after Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
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Also known as the film that put producer Gary Kurtz in bankruptcy due to it's failure and lack of distribution in the U.S.
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Elmer Bernstein's score was recorded with The London Symphony Orchestra the very same orchestra in which all of John Williams' first three Star Wars trilogy scores were recorded with and also Trevor Jones' score to Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal (1982). Gary Kurtz was the producer of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Dark Crystal, which was his first independent production after Empire Strikes Back.
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The part of Will Tasker was a notably different role for Hamill who had previously portrayed Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars" and was worried being typecast as the naive young hero in science fiction films.
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Primarily filmed in Ireland for budgetary reasons.
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The film's tagline is: "From the depths of the Earth. To the edge of existence. The hunt is on."
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Steven Lisberger stated that the film is like a conventional road movie, but instead of cars, people are in airplanes.
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Tasker and Belitski's plane was designed as a observation airplane.
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Mark Hamill dyed his hair for the movie.
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Mark Hamill based his performance as Tasker on a patrolman who stopped him on the Pacific Coast highway.
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Ben Kingsley has a cameo in the film as Avatar, the mortally wounded leader of the Wind Worshippers.
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Ricco Ross had starred opposite Bill Paxton in Aliens (1986).
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The film is Steven Lisberger's 5th and last film as a director.
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Bob Peck passed away a decade after the film's release on April 4th 1999 at the age of 53.
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