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Deadly Encounter (1982)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 19 December 1982
An ex-combat helicopter pilot (Larry Hagman) helps a widowed ex-girlfriend (Susan Anspach) find the black book her husband kept from mobsters.

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

David J. Kinghorn (teleplay), Robert Boris (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry Hagman ... Sam
Susan Anspach ... Chris Butler
James Gammon ... Frank Kitchens
Michael C. Gwynne ... John Servasco
José Chávez José Chávez ... Station Attendant (as Jose Chavez T.)
Jack Dunlap Jack Dunlap ... Mickey
John Graham John Graham ... Sagebrush Man
Arnold Jeffers Arnold Jeffers ... Paul
Hank Hendrick Hank Hendrick ... Aide
Roger La Rue ... Tall Officer (as Roger LaRue)
Glenn Miller Glenn Miller ... Pocotello Pete
Tim O'Connor ... Mechanic
Janet Graham Janet Graham ... Waitress (as Janet Rasak)
Gregorio Sánchez Sr. Gregorio Sánchez Sr. ... Doctor (as Gregorio Sanchez Sr.)
Gregorio Sánchez Jr. Gregorio Sánchez Jr. ... Doctor (as Gregorio Sanchez Jr.)
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Storyline

An ex-combat helicopter pilot (Larry Hagman) helps a widowed ex-girlfriend (Susan Anspach) find the black book her husband kept from mobsters.

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Taglines:

LARRY HAGMAN...takes on "the mob" in a race to find a hidden multi-million dollar fortune in...Deadly Encounter [Video]

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Eagle See more »

Filming Locations:

Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Sam's helicopter is a Hughes 500C, thousands of which were built for the US Army for use as scout ships during the Vietnam War. The two helicopters of the bad guys are Aerospatiale Alouette II's, and later an Aerospatiale Gazelle (the same as used in the 1983 film Blue Thunder). The helicopter used during the aborted pickup scene is a Bell JetRanger. See more »

Goofs

During the initial helicopter pursuit, Sam remarks (of the heli he is chasing) "all its numbers have been painted out". But the registration number on the underside is clearly visible in several shots. See more »

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Sounds familiar to me...
11 September 2017 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

If you know the TV industry from the seventies, you will notice that movie is very similar to another one also directed by Bill Graham, a film called BIRDS OF PREY, from 1973, starring David Janssen, as a vet pilot who chased bank robbers also chopper pilots. This is a very same topic, with also exciting helicopter chase sequences; But Robert Boris ALSO wrote the 1973 movie, maybe this explains that...I will prefer of course the DJ movie, from the seventies, far darker and more gloomy than this one, made during the Ronnie Reagan's post Vietnam era, when American values had to be optimistic with Wall Street reign and also the producers one too. But this one remains a very effective, action packed TV feature.


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