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While flying over the Southern Alps deer hunters Barney and Gibbie discover the wreck of a DC3, the Yankee Zephyr. Missing since 1944, the wreck contains war medals, mail, and the entire payroll for the American South Pacific fleet - worth an estimated fifty million dollars. Followed by thug Brown and his henchmen, Barney and Gibbie race to claim the treasure, and outwit their competitors.

“The helicopter sequences are particularly well shot. The most successful ‘character’ is the landscape and the beauties of Queenstown and Fiordland are exploited to the full. In this respect Race for the Yankee Zephyr helped establish New Zealand’s reputation as an excellent filmmaking location” - (Helen Martin & Sam Edwards, N.Z Film 1912 - 1996, Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1997)

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Year 1981

Reference number F2121

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image


Genre Feature

Duration 1:48:00

Production company Endeavour Productions

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Credits Barney: Ken Wahl
Sally: Lesley Ann Warren
Gibbie: Donald Pleasence
Brown: George Peppard
Barker: Bruno Lawrence
Collector: Grant Tilly
Harry: Harry Rutherford
Barman: Robert Bruce
Director: David Hemmings
Producer: Antony I. Ginnane
Producer: John Barnett
Producer: David Hemmings
Associate Producer: Brian W Cook
Executive Producer: William Fayman
Executive Producer: John Daly
Executive Producer: Michael Fay
Production Manager: Brian Cook
Screenplay: Everett De Roche
Director of Photography: Vincent Monton
Camera: Freddie Cooper
Editor: John Laing
Sound Recordist: Graham Morris

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