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The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper is a fictionalized account of D. B. Cooper’s real-life escape following his highjacking of a plane and theft of $200,000. The 100-minute film was released in November 1981 and distributed by Universal Pictures. The story begins with a former military man named Jim Meade, played by Treat Williams, jumping from a plane and parachuting down into the woods with the stolen money. He is pursued by the authorities but manages to elude capture as he drives through the woods in a jeep he had parked there earlier and hiding the $200,000 inside the body of a dead deer. Jim comes to reunite with his estranged wife, Hannah, played by Kathryn Harrold, the owner of a rafting business. At the same time, an insurance investigator and Jim’s former sergeant, Bob Gruen, pursues Jim along with Jim’s old military companion, Remson.

Gruen eventually tracks down Jim at Hannah’s business, but Jim and Hannah flee across the river. The duo continue to elude Gruen and Remson in a complex pursuit across the country. Gruen is eventually relieved of his duties but persists in his search in the hopes of retrieving the $200,000 for himself. Gruen finally catches up with the Meades and takes the cash from Hannah. Jim pursues him in a biplane, and the two end up meeting face to face. Gruen and Jim discuss the entire situation. Jim then gives Gruen a small amount of money before leaving with the rest. Meanwhile, Remson continues to pursue his former friend.

The Pursuit of D. B. Cooper was directed by Roger Spottiswoode and produced by Michael Taylor and Dan Wigutow. The film stars R.G. Armstrong, Robert Duvall, Paul Gleason, Kathryn Harrold and Treat Williams.

| 1981 | 1 hr 40 min | 5.7/10
Robert Duvall, Treat Williams, Kathryn Harrold, Ed Flanders
Roger Spottiswoode
Produced By
Michael Taylor, Dan Wigutow

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