Race for the Yankee Zephyr

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Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981, AUS) is an Action-Thriller film directed by David Hemmings.


Main Details

  • Released in 1981
  • Color
  • Running Time: Australia:108 min | USA:91 min
  • Production Co: Drake Films Ltd. | Endeavour Productions | FGH | Fay, Richwite | First City | Gupta Film Services | Hemdale Film | Pact Productions | Pellinto Investments NV
  • Distribution Co: ARC (1984) (USA) | Eurodis International (1985) (France) (theatrical) | FVI (1984) (USA) (through) | Greater Union Organisation (GUO) | International Film Distributors (New Zealand) | Succéfilm AB (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Directed by David Hemmings
  • Written by Everett De Roche
  • Starring Ken Wahl, Lesley Ann Warren, Donald Pleasence, George Peppard, Bruno Lawrence, Grant Tilly, Harry Rutherford-Jones
  • Produced by John Barnett, Brian W. Cook, John Daly, William Fayman, Michael Fay, Antony I. Ginnane, David Hemmings
  • Original Music by Brian May
  • Cinematography by Vincent Monton
  • Film Editing by John Laing

Plot Summary

  • A drunken deer hunter, his pilot colleague and his daughter compete with a villainous treasure hunter to reach a lake nestled among the mountains of New Zealand, where a WWII-era plane wreck carrying a fortune in gold is submerged.

Also Known As

  • Ein Teufelskerl (Germany)
  • Gold Hunt (Philippines) (English title)
  • Kulta-aarteen jäljillä (Finland)
  • Les bourlingueurs (France)
  • Race to the Yankee Zephyr (Australia) (working title)
  • Treasure of the Yankee Zephyr (USA)


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  • Forty years ago, a government plane carrying the world's greatest fortune disappeared over the most desolate yet beautiful place on earth [USA Theatrical]
  • Join the race for a fortune in gold. Hang on tight! [Australia Theatrical]
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