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

Director:

Zoran Perisic

Writer:

Thom Keyes (original screenplay)
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Cast

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 Conrad Asquith ... Hawkins
David English David English ... Hamilton
Michael Jenn ... Nicky
Simon Harrison Simon Harrison ... Aldiss
Bernice Stegers ... Countess Olga
Tony Sibbald ... Car salesman
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Storyline

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.


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunbus See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,468,500, 2 November 1986

Gross USA:

$2,295,500
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First cinema feature of Adrian Dunbar. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in From Hollywood to Deadwood (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

University of Hollywood Flight Song
Composed by Thom Keyes & Fred Woessner (as Fred Woesner)
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Hugely flawed, but still appealing
21 September 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

GUNBUS is a fun little British WW1 film featuring a couple of imported American leads who through various rather unbelievable plot twists end up joining a British suicide squadron in their plans to bring down a massive German airship. It starts out as a rather cheesy western in which the central twosome dynamite about a billion banks before they're suddenly in France and ready for action.

This rarely-seen film is rather inconsistent and seems to be suffering from choppy editing and huge budgetary constraints; the ending in particular is extraordinarily abrupt and just cuts to another random scene in an unappealing way. Saying that, I did get a kick out of GUNBUS, enjoying it in much the same way I enjoyed the similarly flawed BIGGLES made during the same era.

Scott McGinnis and Jeff Osterhage verge on the irritating rather than charismatic but there's a solid British cast to back them up, including the reliable Miles Anderson and Rodney himself, Nicholas Lyndhurst. Ronald Lacey is underutilised as a friendly German character. The movie was directed by Zoran Perisic, the Yugoslavian special effects guy who worked on 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and SUPERMAN, and I suspect that directing wasn't really his calling. Still, there's plentiful action here, and the many aerial combat sequences, although cheesy, are good natured and most of all fun.


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