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Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (1981)

Race for the Yankee Zephyr (original title)
In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from ww-ii. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter,... See full summary »

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David Hemmings
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ken Wahl ... Barney
Lesley Ann Warren ... Sally
Donald Pleasence ... Gilbert Carson
George Peppard ... Theo Brown
Bruno Lawrence ... Barker
Grant Tilly Grant Tilly ... Collector
Robert Bruce Robert Bruce ... The Bartender
Harry Rutherford-Jones Harry Rutherford-Jones ... Harry
Tony Sparks Tony Sparks ... Brown's Henchman
Clark Walkington Clark Walkington ... Brown's Henchman
Frank Taurua Frank Taurua ... Brown's Henchman
Steve Nicolle Steve Nicolle ... Brown's Henchman
Dick Jones Dick Jones ... Brown's Henchman
Dennis Hunt Dennis Hunt ... Brown's Henchman
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Storyline

In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from ww-ii. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter, because they know there are 50 million dollars in the wreck. Helicopter pilot Barney helps Gibbie against them, risking his life thereby. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Finding it after four decades is quite a challenge . . . but holding onto it is really an adventure! [USA Theatrical] See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Australia | New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema movie directed by David Hemmings for around eleven years until 1992's Dark Horse (1992). Hemmings' only other theatrical feature after that movie was 1996's Lone Justice: Showdown at Plum Creek (1996). In between these three pictures Hemmings did direct in television. See more »

Goofs

When Brown's goons are trying to pull Gib out of the hybrid vehicle, the treads on the vehicle are clearly not moving, even though the vehicle is moving forwards. The hull of the vehicle is different, with the frame extending well in front of the helicopter cabin, giving away the fact that this was a model on rails. See more »

Quotes

Barney: It's all right. Air's gettin' a little thin.
Sally: Can we go where it's thick?
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Crazy Credits

After the first unit credits, Theo Brown pops up in the lake, wearing an inflatable life vest and bellowing for help. He continues to call for assistance as the second unit credits roll. See more »


Soundtracks

Beautiful Browneye
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Performed by Donald Pleasence and chorus
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Harmless.
24 January 2018 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

If you've ever wondered what the high country of New Zealand's south island looks like, this will provide decent introduction. It looks a little like the video clips we've seen of the Falkland Island, only with mountains, rocky snow-veined crags.

The story features Ken Wahl as an adventurous helicopter pilot, his bibulous side kick Donald Pleasance, and the requisite young lady who gets swept up in the race to find the Yankee Zephyr, an American C47 that crashed during WWII, carrying a cargo of Purple Hearts, whiskey, cash, and gold bars. I don't know why everyone in the movies finds wrecks filled with treasure. All the old crashed airplanes I''ve found contained nothing. The wrecked ships were worse.

In any case the three good guys are doing their best to find the wreck, the drunken Donald Pleasance not being too sure of its location. In hot pursuit are the bad guys, led by George Peppard, one of those suave villains who sounds like he graduated from college and is dead set on demonstrating it. I can't locate his accent. I won't tell you who wins.

It's all fast paced with obvious direction by David Hemmings. The editing is a bit clumsy and the film is overscore. The music is mostly generic adventure but shoehorns in a little Sibelius. Leslie An Warren looks pretty good.

It's harmless entertainment, along the lines of "High Road to China."


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