Treasure Of The Yankee Zephyr In a lake high in the mountains of New Zealand hunter Gibbie Gibson discovers a plane wreck from ww-ii. When he tells it around, a gang of crooks follows and threatens him and his daughter, because they know there are 50 million dollars in the wreck. Helicopter pilot Barney helps Gibbie against them, risking his life thereby.
Well shot Actioner
Treasure Of The Yankee Zephyr A solid film with exceptional production values a few flaws. What really surprises me about this film is just how well acted it is by the supporting cast and the three protagonists. Combine that with some very good cinematography and you have a respectable film.
Toss in a very sumptuous looking New Zealand background and you have a an exceptional production.
The only downside to this production is perhaps the casting of George Peppard as the mercenary antagonist. His accent and overall performance are very misplaced and almost serve as comic relief for a film that needed a good solid villain to anchor it. Peppard nearly derails this film with a horrible effete British accent, but the action and the three leads.
The character driven moments are finely staged, and the action sequences are old fashioned classic pre-CGI film making. Aeriel sequences and boat chases, and even a few fire fights are all in this film combined with the elements I already mentioned.
It’s just a few notes shy of being an outstanding film. As it is now it’s just a good action film with good drama, some comedy, and one mis-cast villain. It’s worth seeing once.
I was really surprised to see all of the negative comments, for even though all we have left is a very lousy copy, it is still watched occasionally and all of the family and friends that have seen it have had nothing but good to say of it.
We must just be movie hillbillies as we can have a good time knowing that the movie is just there to entertain.
Yes there are a couple of scenes that may not tie together very good but so what? There are similar dis-jointed scenes in Romancing the Stone and the Indiana Jones movies also. In my book this movie is as good as or even better than them because it is even more realistic.
The drunk is always drunk, the bad guys are bad and the action is exciting. If anyone gets killed it’s not dwelt on, there is no drugs (except booze), the sex is only hinted at and family (and civil) morals are left intact. (Could not sell it today)
I am amazed at the number of Tape and DVD jacket covers that do not really relate to the film but the correct one does. Where the bogus covers came from, I don’t know, but if you’ve seen the movie you know which ones are bogus. (The ones with the plane in the water are real)
The only thing I would like of this is a good copy, like the first rental one we had that we should have stolen. No good copies seem to be available.