The Gypsy Moths (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Gypsy Moths (1969)





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Three sky-divers and a lonely mid-western housewife reevaluate the meaning of their lives in this thoughtful, psychological melodrama that stars Burt Lancaster, Gene Hackman, Scott Wilson and Deborah Kerr. The skydivers fly from town to town putting on daredevil shows. They end up in the town where young Wilson's aunt and uncle dwell. The relatives invite the trio to stay in their home and that is when the problems begin. The aunt does not love her husband and it doesn't take her long to fall for one of the pilots. He too falls for her, but does nothing because she is married. That night the three jumpers head out for fun. The other two find women, and the third goes back to the house where he and the aunt begin making passionate love while the husband passively watches. Though he begs her to leave with him the next day, she refuses. Later that afternoon, he prepares for his most dangerous jump with a serenity that chills his two partners. As he leaps from the plane, they both know that he is on his final plummet. Later, they struggle to make sense of their own lives.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: William Hanley, William Hanely
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 3, 2002
Warner Home Video


Burt Lancaster
as Mike Rettig
Deborah Kerr
as Elizabeth Brandon
Gene Hackman
as Joe Browdy
Scott Wilson
as Malcolm Webson
William Windom
as V. John Brandon
Bonnie Bedelia
as Annie Burke
Sheree North
as Waitress
Ford Rainey
as Stand Owner
John Napier
as Dick Donford
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All Critics (1)

The film has a satisfying honesty to it and outstanding Ingmar Bergman-like performances from Lancaster, Kerr and Hackman.

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Audience Reviews for The Gypsy Moths

With the screenplay and the cast, that bring big names of Hollywood, The Gypsy Moths, show be a sentimental and too much dramatic, but unforgettable film.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

More interesting for the backstory and the historical perspective on skydiving than for the wafer-thin plot and soap opera antics. Terrific stunts were state-of-the-art for 1969.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Good acting but slow and diffuse.

jay nixon

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