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Deadly Encounter (1982)

An ex-combat helicopter pilot (Larry Hagman) helps a widowed ex-girlfriend (Susan Anspach) find the black book her husband kept from mobsters.


William A. Graham


David J. Kinghorn (teleplay), Robert Boris (teleplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Hagman ... Sam
Susan Anspach ... Chris Butler
James Gammon ... Frank Kitchens
Michael C. Gwynne ... John Servasco
José Chávez José Chávez ... Station Attendant (as Jose Chavez T.)
Jack Dunlap Jack Dunlap ... Mickey
John Graham John Graham ... Sagebrush Man
Arnold Jeffers Arnold Jeffers ... Paul
Hank Hendrick Hank Hendrick ... Aide
Roger La Rue Roger La Rue ... Tall Officer (as Roger LaRue)
Glenn Miller Glenn Miller ... Pocotello Pete
Tim O'Connor ... Mechanic
Janet Graham Janet Graham ... Waitress (as Janet Rasak)
Gregorio Sánchez Sr. Gregorio Sánchez Sr. ... Doctor (as Gregorio Sanchez Sr.)
Gregorio Sánchez Jr. Gregorio Sánchez Jr. ... Doctor (as Gregorio Sanchez Jr.)


An ex-combat helicopter pilot (Larry Hagman) helps a widowed ex-girlfriend (Susan Anspach) find the black book her husband kept from mobsters.

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pursuit | helicopter | chase | See All (3) »


LARRY HAGMAN...takes on "the mob" in a race to find a hidden multi-million dollar fortune in...Deadly Encounter [Video]


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Release Date:

19 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Eagle See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam's helicopter is a Hughes 500C, thousands of which were built for the US Army for use as scout ships during the Vietnam War. The two helicopters of the bad guys are Aerospatiale Alouette II's, and later an Aerospatiale Gazelle (the same as used in the 1983 film Blue Thunder). The helicopter used during the aborted pickup scene is a Bell JetRanger. See more »


During the initial helicopter pursuit, Sam remarks (of the heli he is chasing) "all its numbers have been painted out". But the registration number on the underside is clearly visible in several shots. See more »

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Best Helicopter Flying does not describe it!
21 October 2004 | by lodewykSee all my reviews

I have only seen the movie once - but boy it has always stuck! I am a helicopter pilot firstly and secondly a fixed wing pilot. The flying sequences in this movie, are just absolutely stunning and well executed. I salute the pilots who performed these awesome stunts and flying! If you are an airplane nut or rotorhead, you will enjoy this movie - guaranteed! I have not seen any other movie that equals this in flying action. The only other movie that comes to mind is Blue Max, but that is all about bi-planes in WW1, never the less that movie also had some stunning flying sequences.

I wish for the movie to be released on DVD, I bet it makes a comeback!!! I buy one for each of my fly-buddies...

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