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Skyward (1980)

An aging Bette Davis is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. ... See full summary »

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Nancy Sackett, Anson Williams (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Billie Dupree
Howard Hesseman ... Koup Trenton
Marion Ross ... Natalie Ward
Clu Gulager ... Steve Ward
Ben Marley ... Scott Billings
Lisa Whelchel ... Lisa Ward
Suzy Barbieri Suzy Barbieri ... Julie Ward (as Suzy Gilstrap)
Irma P. Hall ... Mrs. Sinclair (as Jana Hall)
Mark Wheeler ... Mr. Olsen
Jessie Lee Fulton ... Secretary
Bill Thurman ... Pilot #1
Rance Howard ... Pilot #2
Rhonda Minton Rhonda Minton ... Stephanie
Gene Pietragallo Gene Pietragallo ... Jason
Greta Blackburn ... Miss Russell
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Storyline

An aging Bette Davis is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. Davis teaches her to fly with some special controls compensating for her handicap. Howard Hessman is a aircraft repair service trying desperately to get an old airplane back in the air. The three, together, put the young girl and the old plane up in the air. Written by Kenneth Close <kdc0001@jove.unt.edu>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ron Howard's 'Skyward' See more »

Filming Locations:

Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie for the NBC network. See more »

Quotes

Billie Dupree: Why do you want to fly so badly?
Julie Ward: Because I'm tired of looking up!
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Connections

Followed by Skyward Christmas (1981) See more »

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Uplifting film
5 March 2009 | by Ron-223See all my reviews

I remember watching this many years ago. I remember that it was very uplifting to see someone reach literally higher from their confines.

I remember this as a "made for TV" movie of the time. As my father was a pilot who was rebuilding old planes in our garage, it brought home something extra.

While watching the video, I was immediately hooked into the drama of a wheelchair bound girl wanting to learn to fly.

Added to that was the performance of Bettie Davis along with Suzy Gilstrap as the girl.

The icing on the cake was the Christian Eagle plane depicted in the movie. IMHO, there could have not been a better all around showing.


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