Saturday, November 3, 2007

No. 28 - Sky Riders

Long before Homeland Security, a crack team of anti-terrorist operatives kept the world safe for democracy -- the Sky Riders!

The Sky Riders steer their hang gliders with Rogallo wing designs into a monastery perched among precipitous Grecian cliffs, where terrorists hold Susannah York and her children for ransom. James Coburn is at his best as a tough guy who leads the daring expedition, and he certainly has a solid motivation -- York is his ex-wife. Long before CGI effects, the airborne stunt flying is quite impressive.

In the 70's, hang gliding was a phenomenon, and Sky Riders enshrines this Ford Administration leisure activity forever on celluloid.

Co-written by Garry Michael White, who wrote Scarecrow.

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