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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 the best efforts of a dogged cop.

Directors:

Roger Spottiswoode, Buzz Kulik (uncredited)

Writers:

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


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Trivia

In 1980, a boy found several thousand dollars in twenty dollar bills from the Cooper hijacking ransom decomposing along the Columbia River in Washington. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene, the narrator says, "On Wednesday, November 24, 1971 at 6:27 p.m. aboard flight 305 from Portland to Seattle, the following event actually took place," then it shows D.B. Cooper jumping from the plane. D.B. Cooper did hijack Northwest Orient flight 305 en route from Portland to Seattle on that date as stated, but it then landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and then took off again headed south (no longer as flight 305) and he didn't actually jump until around 8 p.m. More to the point, as shown on screen, it was clearly daylight or perhaps twilight at various points during this scene, but the sun set around 4:30 p.m. in western Washington (where the jump occurred) on November 24, 1971 so it would have been pitch black at 6:27 p.m. and at 8 p.m. See more »

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The end credits says Possum - Marsoupial See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015) See more »

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White Room
Performed by Cream
Written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown
Casserole Music, Inc. (BMI)
Cream courtesy of RSO Records, Inc.
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Forgotten Early 80's timewaster-halfway decent
18 October 2000 | by blackxmasSee all my reviews

You could do a lot worse than this slight yet amiable what-if fest that speculates on just how D.B. Cooper got away with all that money. Robert Duvall shines as the insurance company's bounty hunter but Treat Williams comes off somewhat bland as the title character. He's just too boringly cutesy, if that makes any sense. Yet if you told me to choose between this and say RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, D.B. sure gets my vote.


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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

Gross USA:

$3,702,028

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,702,028
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PolyGram Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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