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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)

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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


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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Release Date:

31 October 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunbus See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,468,500, 2 November 1986

Gross USA:

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Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film holds the record (2002) for the largest number of craftsmen and technicians employed on a dramatic feature, with 532. The crew built enormous sets for war scenes, constructed buildings that were to be exploded, and built airplanes similar to those used in 1917. 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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Good fantasy adventure
18 June 2011 | by robert-troiSee all my reviews

I found this tongue in cheek romp rather enjoyable. It is not a serious film, and was never meant to be. I would put it in the same bracket as "Rocket Man". It was similarly set in the first world war, with two Americans helping the British against the Germans.

The two Americans were made to enroll in USA call up for volunteers, by the owner of the bank as punishment for trying to rob his bank.

It made me laugh out loud on several occasions. I was very surprised to see Nicholas Lyndhurst, Rodney from "Only fools and horses" He played the part of chalky an aircraft mechanic.

It did get a bit surreal when the pilots mess was revealed as a circus big top tent, complete with performers.

On the whole worth watching.

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