Based on the book by Ernest K. Gann.
Version: 1985; starring Christopher Reeve; Tyne Daly
Genre: adventure; classic
Plot Summary: A physically and emotionally scarred US mail pilot is commissioned to escort a young teenager over the lonely Rocky Mountain wilderness during the 1920’s.
My Review: Disclaimer*: I have not read the original book, so this review will not be comparing it to that work. Only as a story in and of itself, totally unrelated to the book.
When I first came across this streaming for free online, I thought it was an early version of The Aviator that starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett. I thought it might be about Howard Hughes. The story turned out to be quite different than I expected and was a pleasant surprise.
Though this movie may be lacking a lot of the frills and fancies of today’s world, the story was still interesting because of the well-developed characters. Reeve plays a good pilot that is still suffering from a war incident and lives in isolation from those around him. Tillie is a young teenage girl that on the surface seems spoiled and immature, but when put to the test proves she has courage to survive hardships.
Some beautiful cinematography from the air and accompanying filmscore is lovely. Acting may not be A1, but there aren’t any scenes you wouldn’t want your parents to watch. I believe there were a few ‘d’ words sprinkled throughout. Tillie does confess that she was ‘banged up’ by a boy prior to her plane trip and declares that it ‘certainly wasn’t love.’ She begins to develop a bit of a crush on Edgar, but nothing inappropriate comes of it. Rather, it was sweet and humorous and Edgar comes to realize that there may be something in him the right woman could love about him.
I believe that the character Tillie was made older in the movie than she was in the book, but I think this was actually in the story’s favor. If you’re looking for something a little different, I believe you would enjoy this for entertainment.