Described by ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' as "like ''[[Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate Manos]]'' without the lucid plot," ''The Skydivers'' is less a horror movie and more a very dull soap opera about the employees of a small parachuting club.
The "plot" involves the eponymous skydivers getting away from their bland, loveless marriages with bland, loveless affairs, watching Creator/ColemanFrancis's extended family go-go dancing, and either killing, dying, or suffering total mental breakdown as a result of all the deaths. They even skydive, occasionally.
Apparently to make up for the almost dialogue-free ''Film/TheBeastOfYuccaFlats'', the film consists almost entirely of stilted dialogue punctuated by midair footage of parachutists. That would be fine, if the dialogue wasn't all like this:
->'''Beth:''' Do you want some coffee?\\
'''Joe:''' Coffee? I ''like'' coffee!
Still, ''Skydivers'' is merely "poor" by comparison with the final film in Creator/ColemanFrancis' trilogy... ''Film/RedZoneCuba''.
For tropes and specifics relating to the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' version, please see the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E09TheSkydivers episode recap]].
!!This film contains examples of:
* BetterThanSex: Pete describes skydiving that way. [[spoiler:Many skydivers in RealLife actually ''do'' think the same.]]
* ChuteSabotage: Suzy's plan to kill Harry: damaging his chute with acid just before a drop.
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Subverted. The skydivers of 1963 take risks which would be not tolerated today.
* DeathFromAbove: Suzy and Frank are gunned down from air.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Harry is killed, leaving Beth alone and jobless as their parachuting business goes under.]]
* DullSurprise: Tony Cardoza as Harry, who doesn't seem to be all that shocked by... well, anything.
* ExtremeSportExcusePlot: What else can you expect from a movie titled ''The Skydivers''?
* FemmeFatale: Suzy, who manipulates love-struck Frankie into helping her murder Harry.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Harry cheated on Beth with Suzy. Beth cheats on Harry with Joe.
* HollywoodSkydiving: In spades. Saves an otherwise almost unwatchable film.
* ItsRainingMen: The night formation jump off the C-45.
* MaleGaze: Many shots of the black girl's nice butt wiggling back and forth in front of the camera.
* MindScrew: Why didn't Harry deploy his reserve once his main failed?
* MustHaveCaffeine: It wouldn't be a Coleman Francis movie without lots of coffee.
* OldSoldier: Both Harry and Joe have served in the 11th Airborne Division in WorldWarII. That formation served in the Pacific theater, [[ItsRainingMen made several combat jumps]], and was instrumental on liberating the Philippines.
* OncePerEpisode: A vigilante gunning down someone from a plane? It must be a Coleman Francis film!
* ProductPlacement: One scene has a very obvious van in the background advertising a local restaurant. The camera actually seems more focused on the van than the characters. The fact this is done during what's supposed to be a tense and emotional scene makes it extremely jarring.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Suzy invents a stupid plot to kill Harry because she's angry at being jilted, pretty much. Despite the fact she's apparently wealthy and she has another man who's willing to do anything for her, while Harry has a stale marriage and a three-man sport parachuting business. She has nothing to gain from his death, but she does it anyway.
* RichBitch: Downplayed with Suzy. In her own words, she's "so mean" because her "paw gave [her] everything." Her money isn't really an important plot element, though. If not for that one scene we'd never even know she's rich.
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* SocietyMarchesOn: Skydiving practises and safety culture. The skydivers take risks which would be not tolerated today anymore. [[spoiler:Likewise, the actions in freefall and emergency procedures. Pete loses the stable position in freefall and hits the ground with canopy unopened. The correct action in such situation is to arc immediately as much as possible and extend arms, and if under 1000 m, deploy main canopy immediately.]]
* ShownTheirWork: One point in the movie's favor: the skydiving is 100% accurate, including the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target_fixation target fixation]] scene, which is a real danger to skydivers. (Considering the film was shot around a real skydiving school, it should be.)
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The skydivers jump with Army surplus rigs, equipped with round bell canopies. Such rigs were phased out by wing parachutes in the 1970s.
* ThemeNaming: The local joint is named ''The Skydiver''.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Beth is played by Kevin Casey, who's very androgynous-looking, helmet wig notwithstanding.