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A Breed Apart (1984)

R | | Drama, Action | June 1984 (USA)
A conservationist and a widow meet a mountain climber hired to steal bald-eagle eggs.

Director:

Philippe Mora

Writer:

Paul Wheeler (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Jim Malden
Powers Boothe ... Mike Walker
Kathleen Turner ... Stella Clayton
Donald Pleasence ... J.P. Whittier
Brion James ... Peyton
John Dennis Johnston ... Miller
Jayne Bentzen Jayne Bentzen ... Amy Rollings
Andy Fenwick ... Adam Clayton
Dustin Lecate Dustin Lecate ... Himself
C.K. Bibby C.K. Bibby ... Arthur (as Charles K. Bibby)
Frank Wallace Frank Wallace ... Sam
Jon Syme Jon Syme ... Peyton's Attorney
William W. Brown William W. Brown ... Trask
Laurens Moore Laurens Moore ... Judge
Willie J. Stratford Sr. Willie J. Stratford Sr. ... Butler
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Storyline

Jim Malden, a Vietnam veteran who has lost wife and child, lives as a recluse on an island full of rare birds. His only contacts with humanity are with Stella Clayton and her young son Adam, who have a small supply store on the mainland. One day, a mountain climber named Mike Walker brings a visit to the island to observe two very rare eagles; what he doesn't tell Malden is that he's hired by an egg collector to steal the eagles' eggs. In the end, after he's succeeded in bringing together Malden and Clayton, Walker gets a chance to lay hands on the eggs. He then decides to leave the eggs in the nest, influenced as he is by Malden. Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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island | hunting | secret | egg | eagle | See All (9) »

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Drama | Action

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Brut des Adlers See more »

Filming Locations:

Asheville, North Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After principal filming in North Carolina has finished, the film reels were sent back by plane to Los Angeles. One reel (of 4) never arrived, so the film was substantially reorganized around the missing scenes (shot out of order) in editing. This partly explains why some sub-plots are incomplete and Malden has no back story. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stella Clayton: Hughie, where are you boys goin' at this hour with all that booze?
Hughie Peyton: [grunts an unintelligible response]
Stella Clayton: Don't you work any more Hughie Peyton?
Charlie Miller: His wife give 'im a few days off.
Stella Clayton: Aw hell.
[walks away]
Hughie Peyton: That Stella can really pack a pair of Levis, can't she?
Charlie Miller: I like it.
[shouting as they pull away in their boat]
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The Italian VHS edition runs 1:28:15 (at PAL speed, which is roughly 92 mins in NTSC) and has about 10 different scenes which are either alternate takes and/or completely different scenes. Despite being shorter, it has at least 2 scenes totally absent in the US Blu-Ray (which runs 1:40:45). So each edition has scenes that are not included in the other. See more »

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Referenced in Het uur van de wolf: Rutger Hauer: Blond, blue eyes (2006) See more »

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Crystal Blue
Vocal by Maurice Gibb
Composed by Maurice Gibb
Produced by Maurice Gibb
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Hauers worst 80s movie
1 October 2005 | by BarclayandrewSee all my reviews

I was expecting much more than this movie delivered, the actors involved have all given some great performances, but none of them seemed remotely connected to this story line. Hauer, who'd just made the classic 'Osterman Weekend' plays a former soldier, dedicated to looking after his own private island, and its bird population. Donald Pleasence is an avid collector of rare birds eggs and hires Powers Boothe to recover some extremely rare eggs from Hauers island.

Hauer gets himself in a local dispute with some hunters killing birds on his land, and so ensues a messy, clumsy war between him and the hunters. Add to this Powers Boothe arrival and the film starts to fall flat on its face. The acting is very average, and the films ultimate aim at pointing out the importance of nature is lost amongst the movies detracting subplots.

The direction and production isn't up to scratch, only adding the the films failure. Although an avid fan of hauers work, id recommend you don't waste your time on 'A Breed Apart'.


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