PG | | Adventure, Drama, Romance
During WW1, an alcoholic American biplane pilot is hired by the spoiled daughter of an industrialist to find her father who disappeared in Asia.
A large number of changes were made for the film from Jon Cleary's source "High Road To China" novel. One significant one was the excising of one of the two major pilot characters, the German, who assist the heiress to search for her missing father. However, there is still the appearance of a German bi-plane fighter pilot in the film who is an ace who does battle with Patrick O'Malley (Tom Selleck) up in the air.
Patrick O' Malley:
You know, I only made one real mistake.
Evie: What was that?
Patrick O' Malley: I should have sold you when I had the chance.
The wreck of first the deHavilland burned and the engine fell from its mounts. Both deHavillands were shown flying in the film and were powered with the V-8 Curtiss OX-5 powerplant. The engine seen in the burned airplane was an inverted inline 6 cylinder, most likely a Liberty 12A six cylinder.
$6,156,049 (USA) (20 March 1983)