The Gypsy Moths (1969)

JOHN FRANKENHEIMER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1969, .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

The Gypsy Moths (1969)

Three skydivers tour the country mesmerizing small-town folks with their impressive and sometimes dangerous stunts. When they reach the town where one of their party () was born, they find themselves staying at the home of his estranged aunt (Deborah Kerr) and uncle and reconnecting with his past. Burt Lancaster plays the leader of the troupe who inspires a new passion in Kerr’s bored life as a rich housewife, while Gene Hackman plays the spitfire member of the clan who keeps the business together with his drive to make more money. The aerial photography is fantastic, particularly in the last third when the group puts on its big show, but otherwise the story is fairly routine and not particularly distracting.

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