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

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aetoi tou prasinou valtou See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Hughes 500C that "Walker" flew throughout the film is one of the few turbine-engine helicopters (worldwide) which is flown single-pilot from the left seat. Since people tend to scan visually from left to right... the same way they read a book... it was more effective to have Walker in a left-facing helicopter like the 500C, as opposed to say, a Bell JetRanger, or a Fairchild FH-1100 which are flown from the right seat. Director William A. Graham shot all of the close-ups from the left side of the ship, usually looking slightly upward, with a tight depth-of-field. This threw everything behind Walker's shoulders out of focus. However, this was a dual-control ship! Note particularly the take-off after Walker fueled-up from the tanker truck. If you look closely (despite the fuzzy focus) you can readily see that the right-seat position looks unusually lumpy. That's because the film pilot who was doing the actual flying, was crouched in there, under a black shroud. See more »

Quotes

Jim McAndrew: Why do you work so hard at remembering?
Harry Walker: Why do you work so hard at forgetting?
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Fancy Flying
10 July 2000 | by ThunderboltSee all my reviews

This movie was one of my favorites as a kid. I have always been interested in world war 2 aircraft and the Flying Tigers especially. Harry Walker is a ex Flying Tiger pilot flying a modern day helicopter as a traffic reporter. The movie is filled with helicopter flying, all very good. The tv movie you see on tv has the original music, however the version you buy on vhs for some reason does not. I'm not sure why the changed the music, the original worked fine. I really enjoyed the character study of Harry Walker, thinking back of his war days, mixing in with the reality of his situation; chasing the new bad guys who have a hostage. I think most will enjoy this fast moving film.


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