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Pancho Barnes (1988)

A made for TV movie in which Valerie Bertinelli portrays Florence Pancho Barnes, a bored socialite who decides to learn to fly

Director:

Richard T. Heffron

Writers:

David Chisholm (story), John Michael Hayes (story) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Valerie Bertinelli ... Pancho Barnes
Ted Wass ... Frank Clarke
James Stephens ... Rankin Barnes
Cynthia Harris ... Mrs. Lowe
Geoffrey Lewis ... Ben Catlin
Todd Allen ... Chuck Yeager
Richard Young ... Roger Chute
Sam Robards ... Gene McKendry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Ammerman ... Boat Captain
Brent Anderson ... Danny
Norman Bennett ... Doctor
Bill Bolender ... Col. Rand
Katherine Bongfeldt Katherine Bongfeldt ... April Smith
Diggs Brown ... Robert Tillman
Michael Campbell Michael Campbell ... Mike
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A made for TV movie in which Valerie Bertinelli portrays Florence Pancho Barnes, a bored socialite who decides to learn to fly

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Taglines:

The right stuff. She had it first. The true story of the Pasadena debutante who showed the likes of Patton, Yaeger and Doolittle what the right stuff was really about.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

A TV movie for the CBS network. See more »

Goofs

There is a 1957 Minneapolis Moline 5 Star Farm Tractor in the Pre WWII era part of the movie. See more »

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Excellently executed!!!
10 May 2010 | by defleppardvanhalenSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this film around 1988-1989, while living in Frankfurt am Main, West Germany, when I was a small kid (4-5 years old). Looking back, I always thought Valerie Bertinelli's portrayal of Pancho Barnes was excellently executed in every detail. And the aerial scenes in that film were awesome. And the backstory reveals a lot about her upbringing, how she got her nickname, etc.

Personally, I feel Pancho Barnes was always overshadowed by Amelia Earhart in some respects, but after seeing this film over 20 years ago, it gives me a lot more perspective on women flying high. I hope this film comes out on DVD in the near future, as well as a lot of Valerie's films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pancho Barnes - Ein Leben für's Fliegen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Orion Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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