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The Birdmen (18-Sep-1971)

Director: Philip Leacock

Writer: David Kidd

Keywords: Drama, WWII, Prison

Made-for-TV movie.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
René Auberjonois
1-Jun-1940   Changeling on Star Trek: DS9
Max Baer, Jr.
4-Dec-1937   Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies
Richard Basehart
31-Aug-1914 17-Sep-1984 La Strada
Chuck Connors
10-Apr-1921 10-Nov-1992 The Rifleman
Doug McClure
11-May-1935 5-Feb-1995 Trampas in The Virginian
Greg Mullavey
10-Sep-1939   Tom Hartman on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
Tom Skerritt
25-Aug-1933   Viper in Top Gun


Review by The Spitfire (posted on 10-Jun-2005)

"The Birdmen" is a fantastic movie, based on the true story. I can't recommend it enough. Sadly, the producers reserved the rights to it and refused to sell it on VHS or DVD, despite the many petitions sent. Finally, though, you can get it through a private source that makes DVD copies for $15, including shipping and handling. The copies are poor quality, but still worth it! The name is RXXXXX MXXXXXX, though I don't have the address off hand.

The movie itself is a wonderful one for aeronautics and military enthusiasts alike. The general storyline of an American pilot who constructs a glider right in the middle of the German top-security POW camp, in order to get a top-secret, very important Norwegian scientist to safety, is absolutely great!

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