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The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)

A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite ... See full summary »

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Roger Spottiswoode, Buzz Kulik (uncredited)

Writers:

J.D. Reed (book), Jeffrey Alan Fiskin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Gruen
Treat Williams ... D.B. Cooper
Kathryn Harrold ... Hannah
Ed Flanders ... Brigadier
Paul Gleason ... Remson
R.G. Armstrong ... Dempsey
Dorothy Fielding Dorothy Fielding ... Denise
Nicolas Coster ... Avery
Cooper Huckabee ... Homer
Howard K. Smith ... Howard K. Smith
Christopher Curry ... Hippie
Ramon Chavez Ramon Chavez ... El Capitan
Stacy Newton Stacy Newton ... Cowboy
Pat Ast ... Horse Lady
Jack Dunlap Jack Dunlap ... Drinking Buddy
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A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite the best efforts of a dogged cop. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Who says you can't take it with you ?


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pursuit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,214,767, 15 November 1981

Gross USA:

$3,702,028

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,702,028
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie includes a lot of inaccuracies. For instance, in the movie, it shows D.B. Cooper jumping during daylight with clear weather. However, in the actual event, Cooper jumped during the night, and it was raining heavily. See more »

Goofs

In the chase scene with the biplane the image is occasionally inverted so that the wrong wheel appears to be missing and the word "Restricted" below the cockpit appears as a mirror image. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits says Possum - Marsoupial See more »

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Referenced in Renegade: The Ballad of D.B. Cooper (1995) See more »

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The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper
8 May 2005 | by nlmcmSee all my reviews

Many who were adults in 1981 and slightly prior, recall the name D. B. Cooper, who hijacked a Boeing - 727, laden with passengers demanding a ransom, and will release them but keep the crew and plane, to be ordered to fly over the Rockies of his choosing.

Crew was ordered to stay in the front of the aircraft whilst D. B. Cooper was preparing for the jump, many investigators believed he was a former highly trained army specialist, ex-paratrooper and studied his preference of aircraft well.

He used the tail stairs to jump out of the plane, at night, and was never seen again. However, months later some people found some of the money near a small river or creek, and some believed he may have died of his injuries. Others claimed some money The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper is a story of what might have happened, at least one scenario was generated in this full chase scene by the Insurance Bounty hunter (Duvuall) and lots of bantering for some folks would simply put you on the floor.

The chase however goes both ways. Duvuall manages to locate the loot, for himself! Williams tries to find him through the use of a bi-plane and the chase begins again.

And it ends wildly, and certainly enjoyable for many. And remember too that D. B. Cooper back then was regarded as a folk hero.

It certainly should be considered a candidate for update or new release with different actors. Increase the action and the comedy, could be a hit.

In closing, Boeing and McDonald Douglas DC-9's, retooled all their aircraft of this configuration (rear stairs from the tail area) so that it could not be opened while in flight.


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