Review: ‘Sky Riders’

Hang gliding stunts provide most of the interest in Sky Riders filmed in Greece. The political terrorism story line is a familiar one and the screenplay is synthetic formula stuff, but the stunt work is good.

Hang gliding stunts provide most of the interest in Sky Riders filmed in Greece. The political terrorism story line is a familiar one and the screenplay is synthetic formula stuff, but the stunt work is good.

The simple plot has footloose pilot James Coburn masterminding the rescue of Susannah York and her two children after bungling police operation led by Charles Aznavour doesn’t produce results.

The film provoked an international incident when a Greek electrician died in an explosion accident. Ironically, no one was seriously injured in the aerial scenes. Producer Terry Morse Jr was arrested, exec producer Sandy Howard was detained in Greece for several weeks, and a $250,000 out-of-court settlement was made.

Sky Riders

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Douglas Hickox; Producer Terry Morse Jr; Screenplay Jack DeWitt, Stanley Mann, Garry Michael White; Camera Ousama Rawi; Editor Malcolm Cooke; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director Terry Ackland-Snow

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 91 MIN.

With

James Coburn Susannah York Robert Culp Charles Aznavour Werner Pochath Zou Zou
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