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Skyward (1980)

An aging Bette Davis is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. ... See full summary »

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Nancy Sackett, Anson Williams (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Billie Dupree
Howard Hesseman ... Koup Trenton
Marion Ross ... Natalie Ward
Clu Gulager ... Steve Ward
Ben Marley ... Scott Billings
Lisa Whelchel ... Lisa Ward
Suzy Barbieri Suzy Barbieri ... Julie Ward (as Suzy Gilstrap)
Irma P. Hall ... Mrs. Sinclair (as Jana Hall)
Mark Wheeler ... Mr. Olsen
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Secretary
Bill Thurman ... Pilot #1
Rance Howard ... Pilot #2
Rhonda Minton Rhonda Minton ... Stephanie
Gene Pietragallo Gene Pietragallo ... Jason
Greta Blackburn ... Miss Russell
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Storyline

An aging Bette Davis is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. Davis teaches her to fly with some special controls compensating for her handicap. Howard Hessman is a aircraft repair service trying desperately to get an old airplane back in the air. The three, together, put the young girl and the old plane up in the air. Written by Kenneth Close <kdc0001@jove.unt.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ron Howard's 'Skyward' See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bryce Dallas Howard may have been conceived while Ron Howard was shooting this film. See more »

Quotes

Billie Dupree: Why do you want to fly so badly?
Julie Ward: Because I'm tired of looking up!
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Connections

Followed by Skyward Christmas (1981) See more »

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Early example of Ron Howard's skills
4 January 2003 | by Flickers-4See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie since 1981 or so, but somewhere I still have a rotting video tape of it's first airing. I remember it to be very good, and Suzy Gilstrap as the wheelchair bound dreamer inspirational (and she was very cute). Bette Davis gave a very fiesty performance, and maybe it was a little over the top, but she was still very strong and at the top of her game before she had her stroke a few years later. This was also, it seems, Ron Howard's first "serious" movie (the others seem to have been low budget noisy films, love that Grand Theft Auto) and it kinda shows the themes of some of Howard's future projects--people overcoming obstacles to obtain a dream or just to survive.


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