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The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)

A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite ... See full summary »

Directors:

Roger Spottiswoode, Buzz Kulik (uncredited)

Writers:

J.D. Reed (book), Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Gruen
Treat Williams ... D.B. Cooper
Kathryn Harrold ... Hannah
Ed Flanders ... Brigadier
Paul Gleason ... Remson
R.G. Armstrong ... Dempsey
Dorothy Fielding Dorothy Fielding ... Denise
Nicolas Coster ... Avery
Cooper Huckabee ... Homer
Howard K. Smith ... Howard K. Smith
Christopher Curry ... Hippie
Ramon Chavez Ramon Chavez ... El Capitan
Stacy Newton Stacy Newton ... Cowboy
Pat Ast ... Horse Lady
Jack Dunlap Jack Dunlap ... Drinking Buddy
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Storyline

A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite the best efforts of a dogged cop. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Who says you can't take it with you ?


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pursuit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,214,767, 15 November 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,702,028
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Frankenheimer was the original director, but he was replaced by Buzz Kulik before shooting began. Well into shooting, Kulik was replaced by Roger Spottiswoode. Only Spottiswoode received on-screen credit. See more »

Goofs

During the chase, the left wheel is wrenched off the biplane after D.B. uses it to pierce the roof of a car. But in later scenes, the biplane appears with its right wheel missing. See more »

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The end credits says Possum - Marsoupial See more »

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Referenced in Abominable (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Silk Dresses
Performed by The Marshall Tucker Band
Written by Michael Smotherman
Songs of Bandier-Koppelman, Inc (ASCAP)
Garbo Music (ASCAP)
If Eyes Incorporated (ASCAP)
Seventh Son Music (ASCAP)
Chappel Music (ASCAP)
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Not The Memorable Movie It Should Have Been
1 May 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

As someone who likes chase scenes and was really intrigued by this fascinating true-life tale, I was optimistic heading into this film but too many obstacles got into the way of the good story it should have been.

THE BAD - I'm a fan of Robert Duvall and many of the characters he has played, but his role here is a dull one as an insurance investigator.

The dialog is insipid and the pretty Kathryn Harrold is real garbage-mouth. From what I read, there were several directors replacing each other on this film, and that's too bad. You can tell things aren't right with the story. I couldn't get "involved" with Treat Williams' portrayal of Cooper, either. He should have been fascinating, but he wasn't in this movie. It's also kind of a sad comment that a guy committing a crime is some sort of "folk hero," but I admit I wound up rooting for the guy, too.

Not everything was disappointing. I can't complain about the scenery, from the lush, green forests of Oregon to the desert in Arizona.

I'd like to see this movie re-made and done better, because it is a one-of-a-kind story.


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