Nothing by Chance (1975)

G | 93 mins | Documentary | 31 January 1975

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HISTORY

The Summary for this unviewed film was based on production notes found in AMPAS library.
       In Richard Bach’s book, Gift of Wings, Bach claims that he and Chris Cagle went to Ireland where they were uncredited stunt pilots for Roger Corman’s Von Richthofen and Brown (1971, see ... More Less

The Summary for this unviewed film was based on production notes found in AMPAS library.
       In Richard Bach’s book, Gift of Wings, Bach claims that he and Chris Cagle went to Ireland where they were uncredited stunt pilots for Roger Corman’s Von Richthofen and Brown (1971, see entry).
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
New York Times
31 Jan 1975
p. 25.
Variety
29 Jan 1975
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Narration wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit photog
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Visual Consultant
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Assoc film ed
Asst ed
MUSIC
Mus score comp and arr and
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd rec
Sd rec
Sd rec
Sd rec
Sd eff ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Title des
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to the prod
Exec in charge of prod
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book Nothing by Chance: A Gypsy Pilot's Adventures in Modern America, by Richard Bach (New York, 1969).
AUTHOR
MUSIC
"Life Song," by Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, performed by Denny Doherty
"Flying On," music by Lee Holdridge, lyrics by William H. Barnett.
DETAILS
Release Date:
31 January 1975
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 31 January 1975
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
G
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

One summer in Cook, Nebraska, a group of part-time pilots decide to recreate a 1920s-style “barnstorming” flying tour. Calling themselves the “Great Flying Circus,” they travel the American Midwest giving rides for three dollars and talking to the small-town characters they encounter. Richard Bach, the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, leads the group, which includes a dentist, a college instructor, a stunt pilot, an airline captain, a college student and Jack Brown, a man who was a barnstormer in the 1930s. Canadian pilot Glenn Norman serves as the circus’s barker and ticket taker. In Cook, the group’s 1929 Stinson monoplane crashes, forcing them to fly their 1928 open cockpit Travelair biplanes to Kahoka, Missouri, in time to celebrate the Fourth of July. They complete the tour with appearances at Ferris and Pecatonica, Illinois, and Rio, Wisconsin. In Rio, a fire destroys one of their planes. During their travels they meet an old man who is convinced that tornados are being generated because the astronauts landed on the moon, and a small boy who is willing to spend an entire day washing the planes for a few minutes of flying. Along the way, the men rediscover small-town America. ... +


One summer in Cook, Nebraska, a group of part-time pilots decide to recreate a 1920s-style “barnstorming” flying tour. Calling themselves the “Great Flying Circus,” they travel the American Midwest giving rides for three dollars and talking to the small-town characters they encounter. Richard Bach, the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, leads the group, which includes a dentist, a college instructor, a stunt pilot, an airline captain, a college student and Jack Brown, a man who was a barnstormer in the 1930s. Canadian pilot Glenn Norman serves as the circus’s barker and ticket taker. In Cook, the group’s 1929 Stinson monoplane crashes, forcing them to fly their 1928 open cockpit Travelair biplanes to Kahoka, Missouri, in time to celebrate the Fourth of July. They complete the tour with appearances at Ferris and Pecatonica, Illinois, and Rio, Wisconsin. In Rio, a fire destroys one of their planes. During their travels they meet an old man who is convinced that tornados are being generated because the astronauts landed on the moon, and a small boy who is willing to spend an entire day washing the planes for a few minutes of flying. Along the way, the men rediscover small-town America. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Aviation


Subject

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

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