Skyward (1980)

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An aging Bette Davis is a flight instructor at an old Texas airport. When a young girl in a wheelchair finds the airport by watching gliders fly, she decides she wants to learn how to fly. ... See full summary »


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13 September 2020 | bkoganbing
| "I'm tired of looking up"
One of Ron Howard's early directorial efforts was this small screen film Skyward where he was lcky enough to get the services of Bette Davis. First billed because of her legend Davis is in support of young Suzy Gilstrap a paraplegic girl who wants to learn to fly.

I know someone who is a leg amputee and to drve has special brakes and speed controls in cars to drive. None other than Franklin D. Roosevelt had similar alterations to automobils of the day so he could drive. If one could drive than learning to pilot a small aircraft should be no problem with the same equipment.

But parents Clu Gulager and Marion Ross treat Gilstrap like a hothouse plant though she has support from sister Lisa Whelchel.

Davis was at one time an aviatrix in the spirit of Amelia Earhart and Jacqeline Cochran. Now she runs a greasy spoon place at the local airport though she's known far and wide for her chili. She and mechanic Howard Hesseman give Gilstrap lessons and have faith in her,

Gilstrap even lands a boyfriend in football playing jock Ben Marley. In Texas that's considered catch of the year.

Skyward is a nice inspiring film with the featured attraction of the legendary Bette Davis.

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