The Gypsy Moths (1969)

106 mins | Melodrama | 1969

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writer:

William Hanley

Cinematographer:

Philip Lathrop

Editor:

Henry Berman

Production Designers:

George W. Davis, Cary Odell

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Kansas. After its initial engagement, the film was lengthened to 110 min and the rating changed to ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Kansas. After its initial engagement, the film was lengthened to 110 min and the rating changed to R. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A John Frankenheimer-Edward Lewis Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Sp aerial photog
Aerial photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Assoc film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward des
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec supv
Sd eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
Spec visual eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Prop master
Skydiving experts
Skydiving experts
Skydiving experts
Skydiving experts
Skydiving experts
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Gypsy Moths by James Drought (Norwalk, Connecticut, 1964).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 28 August 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Copyright Date:
23 July 1969
Copyright Number:
LP37154
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Metrocolor
Duration(in mins):
106
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Professional skydivers Mike Rettig, Joe Browdy, and Malcolm Webson arrive in Kansas to perform in the small town of Bridgeville. They are invited to stay at the home of Elizabeth and John Brandon, Webson's aunt and uncle. Suffocated by her loveless, childless marriage, Elizabeth finds herself attracted to Rettig. Browdy takes up with a topless go-go dancer, and Webson begins a tenuous relationship with Annie Burke, a student boarder at the Brandon house. Later, Rettig and Elizabeth make love in the living room, while John listens silently from upstairs. On the morning of the aerial exhibition, Rettig asks Elizabeth to go away with him, but she rejects him. That afternoon, Rettig performs the dangerous "cape jump" but plummets to his death when he fails to pull the ripcord of his parachute. To pay for their friend's funeral, Browdy and Webson stage a special memorial show, and Webson insists upon attempting the cape jump for the first time. He successfully completes the stunt before a capacity crowd and leaves town, vowing never to skydive again. Browdy leaves for Hollywood to become a ... +


Professional skydivers Mike Rettig, Joe Browdy, and Malcolm Webson arrive in Kansas to perform in the small town of Bridgeville. They are invited to stay at the home of Elizabeth and John Brandon, Webson's aunt and uncle. Suffocated by her loveless, childless marriage, Elizabeth finds herself attracted to Rettig. Browdy takes up with a topless go-go dancer, and Webson begins a tenuous relationship with Annie Burke, a student boarder at the Brandon house. Later, Rettig and Elizabeth make love in the living room, while John listens silently from upstairs. On the morning of the aerial exhibition, Rettig asks Elizabeth to go away with him, but she rejects him. That afternoon, Rettig performs the dangerous "cape jump" but plummets to his death when he fails to pull the ripcord of his parachute. To pay for their friend's funeral, Browdy and Webson stage a special memorial show, and Webson insists upon attempting the cape jump for the first time. He successfully completes the stunt before a capacity crowd and leaves town, vowing never to skydive again. Browdy leaves for Hollywood to become a stuntman. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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