Director George Miller once said of the film's aerial sequences: "The special effects on this film were spectacular because we were able to spend a lot of time on the flying sequences." Christopher Reeve has said of them: "My favorite days involved flying, acting, and a little directing as well. A camera would be mounted on the wing, and I would take off with instructions from the director of photography to find a suitable location to film myself on the mail run. The director and crew would hang around the airfield until I returned a couple of hours later." See more »
The Boeing Stearman plane used in the film had his maiden flight in 1936. It can't have flown in the early 1920s. See more »
[on the phone]
I think that someday the world will be entirely populated with bureaucrats such as yourself because the real people will do away with themselves out of frustration!
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A good view of the birth of commercial aviation
Few people know that Christopher Reeve was also an aviation enthusiast who had his own Beechcraft Baron. And he transferred that enthusiasm to his screen persona, an ex WW1 pilot who, scarred by an incident, goes on to flying mail planes in the early 1920s.
Roseanne Arquette played the spoiled rich girl who becomes his first passenger.
They crash land in the Nevada mountains and the rest of the movie concerns their survival and both of their personal transformations.
If you'd like to get a good idea about the birth of commercial flying I'd recommend the movie.
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