Never Look Back (1973)

G | 88 mins | Drama | March 1973

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HISTORY

The Summary for this unviewed film was derived from a 28 Jan 1974 Box review.
       Art Scholl, who appeared in the film as the mentor to David Young’s character, was a “world champion stunt pilot” according to the Box review. Exec prod and story writer Gordon Eastman was a well-known wildlife photographer whose footage had been used by Walt Disney Productions in many of Disney's "true-life adventures," according to a 3 Apr 1973 Idaho Falls, ID, Post-Register article.
       As stated in a 3 Mar 1973 Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph article, filming took place in the Grand Teton mountain range in WY, and on the beach in Malibu, CA. Since Eastman, a “first class small aircraft pilot” himself, wanted to capture every season, filming took about a year, as stated in the 3 Apr 1973 Post-Register.
       For an elaborate stunt in which one plane rolled over another at an air show, Young, an “amateur” flyer, was forced to fly one of the aircraft in place of a stunt pilot as his face needed to be visible in the shot, according to Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. Eastman commented in the 3 Apr 1973 Post-Register that “special camera mounts” were designed for the flying sequences so that viewers would feel as if they were inside the planes.
       A 6 Dec 1972 DV news item announced that American Cinema had acquired international distribution rights to the film. Though Box stated that the film was released in Jan 1974, the 3 Mar 1973 Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph article reported that Never ... More Less

The Summary for this unviewed film was derived from a 28 Jan 1974 Box review.
       Art Scholl, who appeared in the film as the mentor to David Young’s character, was a “world champion stunt pilot” according to the Box review. Exec prod and story writer Gordon Eastman was a well-known wildlife photographer whose footage had been used by Walt Disney Productions in many of Disney's "true-life adventures," according to a 3 Apr 1973 Idaho Falls, ID, Post-Register article.
       As stated in a 3 Mar 1973 Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph article, filming took place in the Grand Teton mountain range in WY, and on the beach in Malibu, CA. Since Eastman, a “first class small aircraft pilot” himself, wanted to capture every season, filming took about a year, as stated in the 3 Apr 1973 Post-Register.
       For an elaborate stunt in which one plane rolled over another at an air show, Young, an “amateur” flyer, was forced to fly one of the aircraft in place of a stunt pilot as his face needed to be visible in the shot, according to Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. Eastman commented in the 3 Apr 1973 Post-Register that “special camera mounts” were designed for the flying sequences so that viewers would feel as if they were inside the planes.
       A 6 Dec 1972 DV news item announced that American Cinema had acquired international distribution rights to the film. Though Box stated that the film was released in Jan 1974, the 3 Mar 1973 Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph article reported that Never Look Back was set to open in Colorado Springs, CO, on 9 Mar 1973 at Cooper 3 Theatre. In a contrasting report, a 9 Mar 1973 DV brief stated that the film’s world premiere would take place 16 Mar 1973 in Denver, CO.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Jan 1974
p. 4660.
Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph
3 Mar 1973
Section D, p. 6.
Daily Variety
6 Dec 1972.
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Daily Variety
23 Feb 1973.
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Daily Variety
9 Mar 1973.
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Post-Register
3 Apr 1973
Section A, p. 7.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Gordon Eastman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
In assoc with, Photog
DETAILS
Release Date:
March 1973
Premiere Information:
Opened March 1973 in Colorado
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
gauge
Techniscope
Widescreen/ratio
2.33:1
Duration(in mins):
88
MPAA Rating:
G
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A young stunt pilot studying at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), receives help from his flying mentor when he decides to rig a compact, lightweight aircraft, the Piper Cub, to fly into the mountains of Wyoming. There, the student plans to remove a large deposit of jade he has discovered. In the meantime, he falls in love with another UCLA student, and his uncle, also a flyer, dies after crashing his plane during an air ... +


A young stunt pilot studying at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), receives help from his flying mentor when he decides to rig a compact, lightweight aircraft, the Piper Cub, to fly into the mountains of Wyoming. There, the student plans to remove a large deposit of jade he has discovered. In the meantime, he falls in love with another UCLA student, and his uncle, also a flyer, dies after crashing his plane during an air show. +

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

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