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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 »

Directors:

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 ?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1982 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

De grote achtervolging See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,214,767, 15 November 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,702,028
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Frankenheimer was the original director, but he was replaced by Buzz Kulik before shooting began. Well into shooting, Kulik was replaced by Roger Spottiswoode. Only Spottiswoode received on-screen credit. See more »

Goofs

During the chase, the left wheel is wrenched off the biplane after D.B. uses it to pierce the roof of a car. But in later scenes, the biplane appears with its right wheel missing. See more »

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The end credits says Possum - Marsoupial See more »

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Referenced in Abominable (2006) See more »

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Misfire
13 February 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Plays like a backpacker's version of Midnight Run (1988), with Duvall in the de Niro role and Williams in Grodin's. Except this one substitutes mindless action for character development and rust bucket jalopies for clever dialog. The result is more tiresome than funny, despite the attractive cast. In fact, Williams plays DB Cooper's part like it's all a big joke that only he thinks is funny—I agree with the reviewer who finds him way too cutesy. In fact, that could apply to the entire movie.

Worse-- any well-meaning viewer hoping for insight into the heist itself will be sorely disappointed. We see nothing of the crime except for the dramatic dive from the airliner. I suspect that's because threats to blow up the plane would have "serious-ed up" the movie. Then Williams' Cooper would no longer be humorous at all. The one worthy aspect links Cooper to army ranger training, seemingly apt preparation for such a daring wilderness crime.

The movie does have two scenic attractions. There's the great snow-capped panorama of Jackson Hole that keeps the eye entertained whatever the nonsense on the ground. Second is Kathryn Harrold's Hannah. In skintight jeans she presents another kind of natural grandeur that may give backpacking a whole new look. Despite the visuals, however, the topic deserves better than the third-rate Keystone Cops treatment it gets here.


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