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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.

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

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

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Cast

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 Charles Robinson ... Wheatley (as Charles Knox Robinson)
Lew Ayres ... Allen Dulles
Katharine Bard Katharine Bard ... Ida Powers
James Flavin ... President Dwight D. Eisenhower
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fall Gary Powers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bridge of Spies (2015) covered various elements and the same subject matter which were the subject of this movie. See more »

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A better topic for a 1970s movie than most.
5 May 2002 | by tforbes-2See all my reviews

This was an interesting little movie that talked about the U-2 incident that took place in May 1960. Lee Majors was certainly not the Six Million Dollar Man here. If his acting did not convince us that he was Francis Gary Powers, his haircut in prison (which really looked like vintage Soviet) did. Noah Beery Jr., who played Powers' dad, was also quite effective.

Maybe the movie isn't exactly a prestigious production, but it is certainly a watchable and interesting one. The producers deserve credit for producing something that is based on a historical event that was an important one in the Cold War era, instead of something that is trashy. It is definitely worth watching.


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