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Birds of Prey (1973)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | TV Movie 30 January 1973
A former fighter pilot now working as a radio station traffic reporter witnesses a bank robbery. He chases down the bank robbers and a hostage in his helicopter.

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

Robert Boris (screenplay), Robert Boris (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Janssen ... Harry Walker
Ralph Meeker ... Jim McAndrew
Elayne Heilveil ... Teresa Jane
Harry Klekas Harry Klekas ... Captain Slater
Sam Dawson Sam Dawson ... Inspector Sinclair
Don Wilbanks ... Trucker
James W. Gavin James W. Gavin ... Police Pilot
Paul Grace Paul Grace ... Robber #1
Wayne D. Wilkinson Wayne D. Wilkinson ... Robber #2
Larry Peacy Larry Peacy ... Robber #3
Larry Doll Larry Doll ... Robber #4
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Storyline

Harry Walker, X-military pilot, works for a radio station in Salt Lake City as a traffic helicopter pilot. While on his rounds he observes a bank robbery taking place and the abduction of a female teller. He follows, 1st the criminals in their car, then they transfer to a helicopter. Harry is running out of fuel so he stops on the road to flag down a tanker truck, gets fuel then continues the pursuit. Written by Robert Fiedler <fied2032@dpnet.net>

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Taglines:

Before Blue Thunder, There Was ... Birds of Prey

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aetoi tou prasinou valtou See more »

Filming Locations:

Sevenmile Canyon, Utah, USA See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is one production where the sounds coming from the helicopters are correct. Usually what is heard is a generic sound of a Bell 206 JetRanger. See more »

Goofs

The Hughes/MD 500 (369) helicopter has a jet turbine engine that uses Jet-A fuel. Filling up with auto gas from the tanker truck would not work well. The engine would be damaged and would not get very far. See more »

Quotes

Jim McAndrew: [after Walker saves him by ramming the robbers' helicopter] Damn it, Walker! Nobody asked you to do that!
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Underrated.
29 June 2002 | by mark_alex_smithSee all my reviews

Elegaic, and subtly played by the star. How often could you say that of a 70's TV movie? (I think) there is a closing line in the movie, "You didn't have to do that." It's about having been brave once, in forgotten circumstances, and then, suddenly, living up to that again in old age. Of course, it's full of technical glitches and cliches, but I like it.


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