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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

Natalie Ward: [finding note from Julie] Steve! She's gonna fly that plane!
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Connections

Followed by Skyward Christmas (1981) See more »

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sailplane instructor.
7 May 2016 | by kiowa002See all my reviews

I was living in Rockwall TX. when that movie was being filmed. I noticed sailplanes over head and was told about a Ron Howard filming a new movie. It rekindled my pursuit of being a solo sailplane pilot. Next week I was off to Caddo Mills airport to pick up sky sailing where I left off. My instructor was an English chap, Derek Piggott. I don't remember how many duel instruction flights ( lost my log book) but I do remember my first solo like it was yesterday. I plan on getting back in the air again this summer. I hope I will not have to relearn every thing all over again and that I still retain some flight coordination. Only one way to find out, wish me luck. TDK


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