Several misfits decide to restore a PBY flying boat and fly to a place where they can enjoy total freedom but a few obstacles hamper their plans.


Alan Myerson


David S. Ward
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Stewart ... Black Man in Jail
Donald Sutherland ... Jesse Veldini
Howard Hesseman ... Frank Veldin
Morgan Upton ... Bill the Police Captain
Peter Boyle ... Eagle Thornberry
Jessica Myerson ... Savage Rose
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Rocky (as Dan Barrows)
John Savage ... The Kid
Jane Fonda ... Iris Caine
Nancy Fish ... Pool Hall Waitress
Roger Bowen ... Fire Commissioner Francis
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Duval Jax
Lynette Bernay Lynette Bernay ... Bar Waitress
Richard Schaal ... Mel the Zoo Official
Edward Greenberg Edward Greenberg ... Rookie Cop


A group of misfits decide to leave for a place that they can all be free. Their mode of transportation is a PBY flying boat. The only problem is that the PBY needs a lot of work and they will need jobs to pay for the parts. When they find that they have only 10 days before the PBY is sold for scrap, they decide on borrowing the parts for their trip. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Eagle, Verdini, Iris, Duval and The Kid. They're not criminals...just outlaws. See more »


Comedy | Crime


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Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland previously appeared in Klute (1971) also playing a strange couple. Both films were produced by Warner Bros. See more »


During the scene at the airfield when Eagle is dressed as a soldier and is shooting arrows, he is heard saying "Up yours, Kraut!" but his lip movements clearly don't match the "up yours" part. See more »


Iris Caine: If I help Frank keep Veldini straight, I'm off the hook.
Iris' Friend: Where does that leave Veldini then?
Iris Caine: Out on the street - for awhile, anyway.
Iris' Friend: Come on, Frank's a cop.
Iris Caine: I can take care of him. He used to be a John.
Iris' Friend: Was he any any good?
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The Committee is in the opening cast list See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally broadcast on NBC in 1979, the film was retitled "The Final Crash". See more »


Referenced in The Brooklyn Banker (2016) See more »


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Edgy 60's-type Comedy
17 December 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Wacky comedy with an anti-establishment edge. But then what would be expected of social critics like Fonda and Sutherland. The surprise here is Peter Boyle who steals the show with Eagle's loony antics. He's both amusing and scary at the same time. It's a bravura performance.

The plot's just goofy enough to fit right in with a band of free spirits wanting to escape dull conformity. Seems they conspire to restore an airplane that's the size and shape of a warehouse so they can fly away to somewhere. That means having to get enough money for outfitting the wreck. For this misfit bunch that means organizing a pick-pocket attack on downtown suits. Grinning along is Sutherland's ex-con Veldini as the ring-leader. Trouble is he's got a respectable brother in the DA's office who aspires to higher elective status, and that means putting a halter on embarrassing brother Veldini. Meanwhile, there's Fonda as a big-haired hooker whose client list seemingly includes every suit in town. Plus seeing Hesseman as the DA, clean-shaven and in a spiffy suit, took me some getting used to after years of his scuzzy dj on WKRP, Cincinnati.

All in all, the 1971 flick (delayed release) amounts to a shady character comedy. There is a mild '60's era subtext but it's more implicit than explicit. At the same time, the non-conformists may be humorous but they're certainly not glorified as an alternative life-style. Then too, it's the byplay between the edgy characters that carries what chuckles there are. Nonetheless, I can see why some folks might dislike the results- no one is particularly likable, even Sutherland's lead character, while the comedic effects depend on the dubious personalities. Anyway, for the most part, I enjoyed the 93-minutes, despite the drawbacks.

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9 February 1973 (Finland) See more »

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