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Sky Bandits (1986)

Through a series of circumstances, a pair of Old West gunfighters end up as fighter pilots in World War I.


Zoran Perisic


Thom Keyes (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott McGinnis ... Barney
Jeff Osterhage ... Luke
Ronald Lacey ... Fritz
Miles Anderson ... Bannock
Valérie Steffen Valérie Steffen ... Yvette
Ingrid Held Ingrid Held ... Mitsou
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Chalky
Keith Buckley ... Von Schlussel
Nicholas Frankau ... Ffolkes
Conrad Asquith ... Hawkins
David English David English ... Hamilton
Michael Jenn ... Nicky
Simon Harrison Simon Harrison ... Aldiss
Bernice Stegers ... Countess Olga
Tony Sibbald ... Car salesman


When two cowboys are captured in the old west trying to rob a bank, they are exiled to the front lines of World War I to fight alongside the British. They get into a bet to see if they can fly a Gunbus, they do but then end up in another base under an officer who is determined to hunt down a German airship. Written by bob the moo

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There's a new kind of adventure in the air.


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British Bond and Carry On actress Margaret Nolan got out of the business and moved to Spain after this film. She didn't appear in another movie for 25 years and then had a role in The Power of Three (2011). It was her last role and then she passed away in 2020. See more »


In this film the officers rank insignia were on their shoulder epaulets as on WWII and modern British Army officers uniforms. In the first world war officers rank was shown on the sleeve cuffs. See more »


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Gunbus is a better title
17 March 2001 | by smacmanSee all my reviews

I bought this movie for a laugh and boy did I get one, well more than one to be honest. In the UK this movie is called Gunbus, which is a much better title than Sky Pirates, especially as there are no pirates in this film or anything even resembling a pirate.

Its badly acted and directed and the script is very dodgy (I think I saw a few swastika's in there and this film is set during WW1 predating the nazis by a long way!) It is however very easy to laugh at as it so utterly pathetic. Even the "flashy" titles cant save this stinker.

A movie starring cowboys and made by them by the looks of things!

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Release Date:

31 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sky Bandits See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,468,500, 2 November 1986

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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