200 000 dollars en cavale (1981) Online
A speculation on the fate of the famous hijacker who parachuted with his ransom and disappeared in the mountains, has Cooper following a meticulous plan to disappear into anonymity despite the best efforts of a dogged cop.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Treat Williams||-||D.B. Cooper|
|Howard K. Smith||-||Howard K. Smith|
|Ramon Chavez||-||El Capitan|
|Pat Ast||-||Horse Lady|
|Jack Dunlap||-||Drinking Buddy|
The true hijacker, of which this movie is based upon, never used the alias D.B. Cooper. Instead he used "Dan Cooper". D.B. Cooper was the name of a person the police checked out, in case the hijacker had stupidly used his own name. The media got hold of the information, that the police were checking out the rap sheet of a "D.B. Cooper", and the name has stuck ever since.
In 1982, original Director John Frankenheimer described the film as "probably my worst ever experience. A key member in the chain of command had been lying to both management and myself with the result that we all thought we were making a different movie."
Universal Pictures, as part of the publicity campaign for the film, said that if anyone could come up with information leading to the capture of the real Cooper, the studio would give them a one million dollar reward. No one ever got the money.
Sound Recordist Duncan McEwan had just taken up skydiving the previous year, and was used to create the sound effects for the skydiving scene. All of the Foley work involving the use of the parachute gear was done with his personal rig. He also made one skydive with a recorder to record the sound of parachute opening, though the recording was not used. It was used, however, on CHiPs (1977) season five, episode seven, "Bomb Run", and was added to the MGM sound effects library.
Director Buzz Kulik replaced John Frankenheimer, and then was replaced by Roger Spottiswoode.
In 1980, a boy found several thousand dollars in twenty dollar bills from the Cooper hijacking ransom decomposing along the Columbia River in Washington.
The movie includes a lot of inaccuracies. For instance, in the movie, it shows D.B. Cooper jumping during daylight with clear weather. However, in the actual event, Cooper jumped during the night, and it was raining heavily.
The Mad River Float Trips, owned by Hannah (Kathryn Harrold), existed and was owned by the local Stunt Coordinator for the river scenes. They needed a Float Trip business, and liked the name of his, and used it along with his vehicles and rafts. Mad River is still in operation to this day.
John Frankenheimer was the original director, but he was replaced by Buzz Kulik before shooting began. Well into shooting, Kulik was replaced by Roger Spottiswoode. Only Spottiswoode received on-screen credit.
A scene late in the film that takes place inside a defunct airplane, sports a reproduction poster for Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (1931) inexplicably hanging inside.