This TV movie is an introduction to the characters that starred in the TV series with the same name. We meet Jake Cutter, a freelance pilot who lives at the Marivellas islands a few years before the beginning of World War II. Jake and his best friend Corky meet Sarah, a woman working on a mission against the Nazis and decide to help her.
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Did You Know?
Although this film and the subsequent TV series is popularly thought to be inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark
(1981), the script was actually inspired by Only Angels Have Wings
(1939) and was pitched to television networks a year before the Spielberg/Lucas film was released and they turned it down. However, after the Indiana Jones film became a major success, the ABC television network decided to revisit the "Gold Monkey" script to exploit the apparent interest in 1930s period adventure stories. See more
This program was set in the late 1930s, yet pilot Jake Cutter is supposed to be a former Flying Tiger who occasionally tangles with Japan's Mitsubishi Zero fighters in his new South Pacific home. Two problems: 1) the Flying Tigers weren't even in existence at this time, and 2) neither were Zero fighters. See more