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The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978)

After many years of trying, Orville and Wilbur Wright succeed in making their heavier-than-air aircraft fly, south of Kitty Hawk, on December 17, 1903. They later try to sell their invention to the US government.

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E.W. Swackhamer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moriarty ... Wilbur Wright
David Huffman ... Orville Wright
Tom Bower ... William Tate
Robin Gammell ... H.A. Toumlin
Scott Hylands ... Glenn Curtiss
John Randolph ... Alexander Graham Bell
Kathryn Walker ... Kate Wright
Eugene Roche ... Bishop Milton Wright
John Hoyt ... Prof. Samuel Langley
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Mayor of New York
Lew Brown Lew Brown ... Harlan Mumford
Carole Tru Foster Carole Tru Foster ... Agnes Osborne
Dabbs Greer ... Ace Hutchin
Mo Malone ... Elizabeth Mayfield
Robert Casper ... Man
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After many years of trying, Orville and Wilbur Wright succeed in making their heavier-than-air aircraft fly, south of Kitty Hawk, on December 17, 1903. They later try to sell their invention to the US government.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A repülés úttörői See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Wilbur Wright and Glenn Curtiss are preparing to fly to New York in 1909, a US flag behind Wright has 48 stars instead of 45 (official before July 4, 1908) or 46 (official until 1912). See more »

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definitely worth seeing
9 January 2005 | by robbla1981See all my reviews

definitely a film worth seeing, though a little hokey and "movie cliché" in places (particularly specific lines of narration and dialogue). The visual aspects of the film, particularly the scenes featuring the characters flying the gliders are absolutely breathtaking, though the scene featuring the famous first powered flight is cut short for some reason as the plane is lifting off.

Because the film was made in the late 1970s, there are few visual effects shots (aside from the scene depicting Orville's crash, which is clearly a model). Consequently, many of the flying scenes feature real actors in very accurately designed prop gliders. This adds a sense of realism and gives the film a better sense of credibility.

I saw it as a young kid, and was inspired to learn more about the Wright Brothers and airplanes. Hopefully someone reading this will show it to their kid and they will have the same experience.


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