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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 the best efforts of a dogged cop.

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 ... Meade
Kathryn Harrold ... Hannah
Ed Flanders ... Brigadier
Paul Gleason ... Remson
R.G. Armstrong ... Dempsey
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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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 opening scene, the narrator says, "On Wednesday, November 24, 1971 at 6:27 p.m. aboard flight 305 from Portland to Seattle, the following event actually took place," then it shows D.B. Cooper jumping from the plane. D.B. Cooper did hijack Northwest Orient flight 305 en route from Portland to Seattle on that date as stated, but it then landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and then took off again headed south (no longer as flight 305) and he didn't actually jump until around 8 p.m. More to the point, as shown on screen, it was clearly daylight or perhaps twilight at various points during this scene, but the sun set around 4:30 p.m. in western Washington (where the jump occurred) on November 24, 1971 so it would have been pitch black at 6:27 p.m. and at 8 p.m. See more »

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The end credits says Possum - Marsoupial See more »

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Referenced in The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (2015) See more »

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Bittersweet Love
Sung by Jessi Colter
Written by Enid Levine
Songs of Bandier-Koppelman, Inc (ASCAP)
Chappel Music (ASCAP)
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Wish they had focused on the real story of Cooper
11 October 2008 | by udar55See all my reviews

Here is a fine example of some good ol' Hollywood exploitation. They took the story of famed airplane hijacker D.B. Cooper and decided to make it into a "what if..." scenario by adapting a fictional novel called "Free Fall." Talk about a missed opportunity! Cooper (Treat Williams) lands easily in the woods of Oregon. Just as easily, insurance investigator Gruen (Robert Duvall), whose company is out the ransom money, discovers Cooper is a former charge of his from the Army and begins his pursuit. If you can distance the idea that this is about D.B. Cooper, it is a pretty entertaining chase flick in the SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT vein. I'm sure they threw the Cooper name on there to get the public interested which is a disservice to the film itself. Co-starring Kathryn Harrold, Ed Flanders, R.G. Armstrong and Paul Gleason (in a really scummy turn).


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pursuit See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,214,767, 15 November 1981

Gross USA:

$3,702,028

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,702,028
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Company Credits

Production Co:

PolyGram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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