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Genre  Drama, Action
Screenplay  Paul Wheeler
Language  English
5.3/10 IMDb

Director  Philippe Mora
Music director  Maurice Gibb
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Country  United States
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Writer  Paul Wheeler (screenplay)
Release date  June 1984 (1984-06)
Cast  Rutger Hauer (Jim Malden), Kathleen Turner (Stella Clayton), Powers Boothe (Mike Walker), Donald Pleasence (J.P. Whittier)
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A breed apart 1984 movie review


A Breed Apart is a 1984 American drama film directed by Philippe Mora. It stars Kathleen Turner, Rutger Hauer and Powers Boothe.

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The screenplay by Paul Wheeler concerns the need to protect endangered species, in this case the bald eagle.

A breed apart 1984 movie


Plot

Obsessive collector J.P. Whittier, determined to obtain specimens of a newly discovered breed of bald eagle, hires rock climber Mike Walker to pose as a photographer and win reclusive conservationist Jim Malden's confidence in order to gain access to eggs from their lofty nest. Before long, Walker is converted to Malden's cause, and with the help of storekeeper Stella Clayton and her son Adam, the two men thwart Whittier's plot.

Cast

  • Rutger Hauer as Jim Malden
  • Powers Boothe as Mike Walker
  • Kathleen Turner as Stella Clayton
  • Donald Pleasence as J.P. Whittier
  • Andy Fenwick as Adam Clayton
  • Production

    At the time the film was made, the bald eagle was on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States. The bird now has a stable population and was removed from the federal government's list of endangered species in June 2007.

    The film was shot on location in Asheville, Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock State Park, and Lake Lure in North Carolina. After principal filming had finished, the film reels were sent back by plane to Los Angeles. One reel (of 4) never arrived, so the film was substantially reorganized around the missing scenes (shot out of order) in editing. This partly explains why some sub-plots are incomplete and Malden has no back story.

    Principal production credits

  • Producers ..... John Daly, Derek Gibson
  • Original Music ..... Maurice Gibb
  • Cinematography ..... Geoffrey Stephenson
  • Production Design ..... William Barclay
  • Art Direction ..... Jeff Ginn
  • Set Decoration ..... Ed Sears
  • Costume Design ..... John Boxer
  • Film Editor ..... Chris Lebenzon
  • Critical reception

    Variety said the film "lacks reason, dramatic tension or emotional involvement."

    References

    A Breed Apart Wikipedia
    A Breed Apart IMDbA Breed Apart Rotten TomatoesA Breed Apart themoviedb.org


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