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Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

Race for the Yankee Zephyr (original title)
In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from ww-ii. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter,... See full summary »

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David Hemmings
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ken Wahl ... Barney
Lesley Ann Warren ... Sally
Donald Pleasence ... Gilbert Carson
George Peppard ... Theo Brown
Bruno Lawrence ... Barker
Grant Tilly Grant Tilly ... Collector
Robert Bruce Robert Bruce ... The Bartender
Harry Rutherford-Jones Harry Rutherford-Jones ... Harry
Tony Sparks Tony Sparks ... Brown's Henchman
Clark Walkington Clark Walkington ... Brown's Henchman
Frank Taurua Frank Taurua ... Brown's Henchman
Steve Nicolle Steve Nicolle ... Brown's Henchman
Dick Jones Dick Jones ... Brown's Henchman
Dennis Hunt Dennis Hunt ... Brown's Henchman
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Storyline

In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from ww-ii. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter, because they know there are 50 million dollars in the wreck. Helicopter pilot Barney helps Gibbie against them, risking his life thereby. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Forty years ago, a government plane carrying the world's greatest fortune disappeared over the most desolate yet beautiful place on earth [USA Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia | New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American DC-3 military cargo plane seen in the movie was discovered by production designer Bernard Hides. The aircraft was originally manufactured in Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, USA during the 1940s. She first served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) after which she was used as a training plane, a commercial carrier and finally as a 'stagliner' transporter carrying live deer across New Zealand. See more »

Goofs

There were apparently two different chopper/tractor hybrids made. The one used for most of filming had exposed drive wheels between the tank-type tread and the hull of the vehicle. However, the vehicle that Brown stops on the road has narrow treads with no inner wheels, and the wheel rims inside of the tread are totally different from those on the vehicle in other scenes. The cockpit plexiglas on the vehicles differs between the scene where Brown stops them and every other scene involving the hybrid vehicle. See more »

Quotes

Gilbert Carson: Yessir, big bucks. And nobody knows about it, but me.
Barney: Good for you. You know, you're eatin' the cat food.
Gilbert Carson: D'you know how much war medals is worth, to avid collectors?
Barney: Big bucks?
Gilbert Carson: Too darn right! You couldn't find 'em in a fit- cat food?
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Crazy Credits

After the first unit credits, Theo Brown pops up in the lake, wearing an inflatable life vest and bellowing for help. He continues to call for assistance as the second unit credits roll. See more »

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Soundtracks

Beautiful Browneye
(uncredited)
Performed by Donald Pleasence and chorus
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Great Movie
17 October 2005 | by Dutch1955See all my reviews

I thought that the boat chase was exceptional, all of the scenery and locations were terrific. i believe that their should have been a sequel to this movie, or a lead in. This movie is a great tribute to the adventure writers of our time. The story is a bit slow at first but picks up in the typical movie manner. I believe that it could have been brightened by a deeper subject matter. i enjoyed all of the movie from start to finish and would like to see more of these brought to the screen for everyone's enjoyment. I truly was pleased with the action that takes place in this movie and would like to know more about the vehicles that were used, such as: i would like to know what type of boats were being used.


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