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The Gypsy Moths (1969)

Three skydivers and their travelling thrill show barnstorm through a small midwestern town one Fourth of July weekend.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

William Hanley (screenplay), James Drought (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Mike Rettig
Deborah Kerr ... Elizabeth Brandon
Gene Hackman ... Joe Browdy
Scott Wilson ... Malcolm Webson
William Windom ... V. John Brandon
Bonnie Bedelia ... Annie Burke
Sheree North ... Waitress
Carl Reindel Carl Reindel ... Pilot
Ford Rainey ... Stand Owner
John Napier John Napier ... Dick Donford
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Storyline

On a 4th of July weekend, three barnstorming skydivers arrive to perform in a small Kansas town. They are hosted by the youngest member Webson's aunt, the unhappily married Elizabeth. While Browdy one-nights with a topless dancer, a doomed romance flares up between Elizabeth and Rettig. Tension builds, and explodes with a spectacular skydiving show. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Taglines:

When you turn on by falling free... when jumping is not only a way to live, but a way to die, too... you're a Gypsy Moth. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Die den Hals riskieren See more »

Filming Locations:

Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Newark Evening News said that during the scene between Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster, on the porch of their Kansas home, you could still hear the roar of the surf; reference of their previous film together: From Here to Eternity (1953), and the notorious beach love scene. See more »

Goofs

During the parachute jump that opens the film, the Gypsy Moths jump from the exact same plane flown by the same pilot they meet and hire - supposedly for the first time - in another town several days later. See more »

Quotes

Allen Brandon: We have a college. We have a college and a missile base...
[sarcastically]
Allen Brandon: typical American town.
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Connections

Featured in The Sky Divers (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Wild Blue Yonder
("U.S. Air Force Song")(uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Robert Crawford (as Robert MacArthur Crawford)
First two lines sung by Gene Hackman
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A must for any one who ever tried skydiving even once
17 May 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

Like most films about individual type sports i.e. skiing, surfing, scuba diving etc. it helps if you've tried the sport at least once to be able to relate to what the picture is about. A small three man parachuting team barnstorms their way from town to town putting on a skydiving show. They roll out of one town into another and rather than stay at a hotel they are taken in by a couple who are related to one of the skydivers. Kind of like sailors on liberty the three are looking for a good time and after an uneasy dinner with the couple strike out in search of female companionship. They eventually all find some and the film even has an extramarital affair between Lancaster and Kerr. Some unexpected events at the subsequent air show twist things around and the hard to figure out scenes of a high school band practicing finally comes in to perspective. Good skydiving scenes, a little romance, a little sex not a bad film to see especially if you've ever taken the plunge out of a perfectly good airplane.


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