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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

Writers:

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 »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Greece

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hostages 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

This movie's German 'Auf der Fährte des Adlers' title translates literally into English as 'On the trail of the Eagle'. 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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"You must not be afraid to make a decision".
25 December 2013 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Looks cheap, grungy and is thinly plotted, but the cast (James Coburn, Robert Culp, Susannah York, John Beck and Charles Aznavour) along with the Greek scenery and aerial stunt work (hang gliding) go a long way in making this an entertainingly sweeping, old-fashioned action joint with striking showpieces. The opening (the kidnapping) and closing sequences (the in and out rescue at night) do manage to rally plenty of tension especially during the climax set against an isolated medieval monastery in the mountains, but in between that it's somewhat mechanical in its elaborate structure. A waiting game and plans being formulated with some preachy inclusions. Well we have revolutionary terrorists fighting imperialism. Gladly Coburn's hardy presence keeps you hooked for the ride. Director Douglas Hickox paces it rather well and his streamlined handling offers numerous nitty gritty passages, despite some stagy moments. Music composer Lalo Schifrin gives the presentation a bit more oomph with his grand, luxurious arrangement. A tough, but breezy 70-s drive-in action adventure.


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