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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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Details

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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Trivia

A TV movie for the CBS network. See more »

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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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Valerie Bertinelli? Really?
4 November 2014 | by charweb31See all my reviews

I just saw the documentary of this woman's life. Hollywood has been and always will be out of touch of real people. Pancho was, let's say "rough" in her looks and personality. Bigger than life, loved by all, DESPITE her looks! No way could the likes of Valerie Bertinelli give a portrayal that's even close to an accurate depiction of Pancho. But I guess American audiences aren't looking for accurate, just "cute".

I have nothing against Valerie, I just think this is extremely poor casting here. Kathy Bates did the voice in the documentary, and even she is not as rough as the real Pancho! I wonder if there are any Hollywood actors who could do this character justice.


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