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Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident (1976)

The story of Francis Gary Powers, a U-2 pilot for the C.I.A., who was shot down in his spy plane over Russia, captured, and imprisoned.


Delbert Mann


Curt Gentry (book), Francis Gary Powers (book) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Majors ... Francis Gary Powers
Noah Beery Jr. ... Oliver Powers
Nehemiah Persoff ... Rudenko
Brooke Bundy ... Barbara Powers
William Daniels ... Bissell
James Gregory ... James Donovan
Marcel Hillaire ... Charles De Gaulle
Alf Kjellin ... Ivan Vasilev
Biff McGuire ... John McCone
Jim McMullan ... Robert F. Kennedy
David Opatoshu ... Grinev
Charles Robinson ... Wheatley (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Lew Ayres ... Allen Dulles
Katharine Bard ... Ida Powers
James Flavin ... President Dwight D. Eisenhower


The story of Francis Gary Powers, a U-2 pilot for the C.I.A., who was shot down in his spy plane over Russia, captured, and imprisoned.

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The true story of the U-2 pilot who was shot down on a spy mission over Russia!


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Martin Sheen was Powers' choice to play his younger self rather than Lee Majors. See more »

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Good historical film, but could have been much better!!
4 May 2014 | by edubarca46-1See all my reviews

This film shows in a couple of hours one of the most impacting and important events of the cold war. Based on the book written by Gary Powers, it is accurate but as stated above, could have been much better. Little attention is paid to the flight itself, the beautiful U-2, the main star of the picture, is not shown as much as it should be. I think it could have included more about the U-2 design at Lockheed, the work of that genius called Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson, chief designer of the U2 and how the CIA decided to carry out those spy flights, how they picked the pilots etc. etc. If it was made today, I'm sure it would have included very important situations and happenings that the film misses. But at least it is the only one that shows this historical event so important to the history of not only the United States and the former Soviet Union but the world over. New generations of the whole planet must know about this incident.

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29 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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