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Sky Riders (1976)

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When an industrialist's wife and kids are kidnapped by terrorists in Greece, the woman's ex-husband comes to the rescue with a plan involving hang gliders.

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Douglas Hickox

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Jack DeWitt (screenplay) (as Jack De Witt), Stanley Mann (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Jim McCabe
Susannah York ... Ellen Bracken
Robert Culp ... Jonas Bracken
Charles Aznavour ... Inspector Nikolidis
Harry Andrews ... Auerbach
John Beck ... Ben
Zouzou ... Female terrorist (as Zou Zou)
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Wasserman
Werner Pochath ... Number One Terrorist
Antonis Antypas Antonis Antypas ... Dimitri (as Anthony Antypas)
Telis Zotos ... Bracken's secretary
Nikos Tsachiridis ... Gatekeeper
Ernie F. Orsatti ... Joe (as Ernie Orsatti)
Barbara Trentham ... Della
Henry Brown ... Martin
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Storyline

Robert Culp plays Bracken, a rich industrialist whose life seems perfect until his wife, Ellen, and their children are kidnapped by terrorists. After failed attempts by the police to capture the terrorists, Ellen's ex husband enters the fray and plans his own rescue attempt. James Coburn plays McCabe, Ellen's ex-husband who hires a crew of professional hang gliders to help him rescue her and the kids from the terrorists' mountain top lair. Written by Patrick Knightly <pjknight@polsci.umass.edu>

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He'll try anything once ... especially if it's impossible! See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Country:

USA | Greece

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La fortaleza prohibida See more »

Filming Locations:

Greece

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The monastery location seen in the film is located at Meteora, Greece. Its the same famed region that featured in the later James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only (1981). See more »

Goofs

During the supposed night-time rescue operation when the rescuers hang-glided in for the rescue, you can clearly see the shadows of the hang gliders on the rocks below them. So, clearly these scenes were shot in the daytime with a dark filter used to make it look like nighttime. See more »

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Excellent escapism.
18 March 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"Sky Riders" is good fun, with a fairly unique premise. Robert Culp plays Jonas Bracken, an industrialist whose family are kidnapped by terrorists who demand a ransom. Also swept into the drama is Jim McCabe (James Coburn), the ex-husband of Jonas's wife Ellen (Susannah York) and biological father to Jonas's stepson. The trouble is, our good guys realize that the bad guys have holed up in a mountaintop lair, and will be able to see most anybody that's coming. Then Jim hits upon inspiration: hire a hang gliding team to perform as an impromptu rescue unit, taking lessons from them himself. The hang gliding sequences give this action-thriller something extra. Directed extremely well by Douglas Hickox ("Theatre of Blood", "Zulu Dawn"), this is a genuinely exciting movie that can actually keep a viewer watching. It's breathtaking, with the expected impressive aerial stunts and lots of amazing Greek scenery. The music by Lalo Schifrin is just perfect as it's quite rousing and the movie just steadily builds the whole time towards a fantastic action climax. The acting is fine from most everybody involved, with Coburn making for a rugged and engaging hero, Culp the picture of grim determination, York a feisty victim, and Charles Aznavour solid as the intrepid Inspector Nikolidis. The people playing the hang gliders include John Beck, Barbara Trentham, Henry Brown, and Steven Keats, and they're a very likable bunch. Werner Pochath and Zouzou are appropriately odious as two of the terrorists. This is clearly not a movie that's too well known, which is too bad as it deserves better. One could certainly do a LOT worse. Eight out of 10.


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