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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

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Pancho Barnes
... Frank Clarke
... Rankin Barnes
... Mrs. Lowe
... Ben Catlin
... Chuck Yeager
... Roger Chute
... Gene McKendry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Boat Captain
... Danny
... Doctor
Bill Bolender ... Col. Rand
Katherine Bongfeldt ... April Smith
Michael Campbell ... Mike
... Jesse Miller
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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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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.


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25 October 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pancho Barnes - Ein Leben für's Fliegen  »

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Valerie Bertinelli? Really?
4 November 2014 | by See 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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