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
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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.
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.
Good acting but slow and diffuse.
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