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The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)

The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper




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The mysterious 1971 hijacking of an airliner by a bold thief who parachuted into legend over the Pacific Northwest became fodder for this action comedy that's mostly speculative. Treat Williams stars as Jim Meade, an ambitious former Army man who devises a clever scheme to hold up an airliner for $200,000. Masquerading as "D.B. Cooper," he succeeds, and after landing safely in the deep woods, he seeks out his wife Hannah (Kathryn Harrold), whom he had left months earlier. They reconcile and head for the Mexican border. However, Jim soon has two people hot on his trail. Bob Gruen (Robert Duvall) was Jim's sergeant in the armed forces. Now an insurance investigator, Bob becomes convinced that only his talented former underling could have pulled off the job and sets out to capture him. At the same time, Jim's seedy former Army pal Remson (Paul Gleason) comes to the same conclusion and pursues the Meades, hoping to get a cut of the loot. Based on the book by J.D. Reed, the film failed to ignite interest at the box office, despite a publicity stunt by Universal Pictures offering a million dollars for information leading to the arrest of the real Cooper.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
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Written By: Jeffrey Allen Fiskin


Treat Williams
as D.B. Cooper
Ed Flanders
as Brigadier
Ramon Chavez
as El Capitan
Pat Ast
as Horse Lady
Jack Dunlap
as Drinking Buddy
Brad Sergi
as Drinking Buddy
Charles Benton
as Sharpshooter
Jimmy Lee
as Bomb Squad
Mike Casper
as Bomb Squad Member
James Lee
as Bomb Squad Member
James Wiers
as FBI Agent
Mark Jeffreys
as FBI Agent
Bill Wittman
as Person-on-the-Street
D.G. Smilnak
as FBI Agent
David Adams
as FBI Interviewer
Charles Haigh
as Navigator
Stephen Blood
as Co-Pilot
Tommy Ciulla
as Boyfriend in Stream
Karen Newhouse
as Girlriend in Stream
Rich Brown
as Crop Duster Man
Michael O'Hare
as Car Owner
Tom May
as Helicopter Pilot
Lynn Radcliffe
as Cop at Luncheonette
Mearl Ross
as Indian Father
Patrick Garcia
as Indian Boy
Gregory Suke
as Indian Boy
Jessica Garcia
as Indian Girl
Leigh A. Webb
as Bartender
Jim Clouse
as Saloon Man
David Falkosky
as Saloon Man
John Herold
as Saloon Man
Bill Townsend
as Saloon Player
Glenda Young
as Avery's Secretary
Dave Gilbert
as Person in the Street
Bill Whittman
as Person in the Street
Conrad Marshall
as Person in the Street
Richard Brown
as Crop Duster Man
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Back in the 80's this is one movie that HBO showed the sh#t out of and I probably watched it every time it was on along with Beastmaster. Treat Williams stars as the legendary cult hero hijacker D.B.Cooper who hijacks a 747 over Oregon for $200,000. and parachutes himself into a nationwide manhunt led by Robert Duvall who plays an insurance investigator for the airline and Paul (I raided Barry Manilow's wardrobe) Gleason who plays Williams Vietnam vet buddy who wants a cut of the money. A fun silly movie of the time.

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