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1[[quoteright:300:]] ²²Described 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.²²The "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.²²Apparently 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:²²->'''Beth:''' Do you want some coffee?\²'''Joe:''' Coffee? I ''like'' coffee!²²Still, ''Skydivers'' is merely "poor" by comparison with the final film in Creator/ColemanFrancis' trilogy... ''Film/RedZoneCuba''.²²For tropes and specifics relating to the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' version, please see the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S06E09TheSkydivers episode recap]].²²----²!!This film contains examples of:²* BetterThanSex: Pete describes skydiving that way. Many skydivers in RealLife actually ''do'' think the same.²* BrawnHilda: The large blonde woman at the night party; she's easily twice the size of the man she's dancing with and throws him around like a Raggedy Andy doll.²* ChuteSabotage: Suzy's plan to kill Harry: damaging his chute with acid just before a drop.²* CrazyJealousGuy: When Harry sees how "close" Joe and Beth have been getting lately, he gets mighty jealous, convincing Beth that he does still love her. Their relationship actually improves from that point forward... [[spoiler:until Harry gets killed]].²* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Subverted. The skydivers of 1963 take risks which would be not tolerated today.²* DeathFromAbove: Suzy and Frank are shot at from the air.²* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Harry is killed, leaving Beth alone and jobless as their parachuting business goes under.]]²* DullSurprise: Tony Cardoza as Harry, who doesn't seem to be all that shocked by... well, anything.²* ExtremeSportExcusePlot: What else can you expect from a movie titled ''The Skydivers''?²* FemmeFatale: Suzy, who manipulates love-struck Frankie into helping her murder Harry.²* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Harry cheated on Beth with Suzy. Beth cheats (sort of) on Harry with Joe. While the film paints neither affair as justified, it's worth noting that we don't know exactly what drove Harry to cheat with Suzy, since Beth is totally dedicated to him and works to maintain her marriage even in the face of Harry's borderline indifference; meanwhile, Beth's own affair with Joe (what we see of it; consists mainly of one BigDamnKiss and some flirting) was pretty much all Joe's doing.²* HollywoodSkydiving: In spades. Saves an otherwise almost unwatchable film. It's actually averted at one part where one schmoe suffers from target fixation that he forgets to pull his chute and smashes into the ground.²* ItsRainingMen: The night formation jump off the C-45.²* LoveDodecahedron: Harry is married to Beth but having an affair with Suzy, whom Frankie is in love with; meanwhile Beth flirts with Harry's war buddy Joe but remains loyal to Harry.²* MaleGaze: Many shots of the black girl's nice butt wiggling back and forth in front of the camera.²* MustHaveCaffeine: It wouldn't be a Coleman Francis movie without lots of coffee.²* OldSoldier: Both Harry and Joe have served in the 11th Airborne Division in UsefulNotes/KoreanWar. The 11th Airborne was important in determining the viability of large-scale air formations during the Knollwood Maneuver.²* OncePerEpisode: A vigilante gunning down someone from a plane? It must be a Coleman Francis film!²* 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.²* RandomEventsPlot:²-->'''Mike''': It seems they forgot to have things happen in this movie.²* RevengeBeforeReason: ²** 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 a declining marriage and a failing three-man sport parachuting business. She has nothing to gain from his death, but she does it anyway. ²** It gets better. Her plan to kill Harry involves pouring acid in his parachute right before a jump... acid which she procures personally from the local apothecary (and we do mean [[SexForServices "personally"]]). Given that, after the deed is done, absolutely everyone recognizes that acid was used, it becomes hard to believe that the inevitable investigation wouldn't lead directly back to Suzy even if she hadn't been seen skulking around the hangar.²* 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.²* SexForServices: It's implied that Suzy acquires acid from the local druggist in this manner.²* SilentCredits: The film's closing credits consist of clips of the main cast, which play out with no sound or music.²* 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.]]²* ShownTheirWork: One point in the movie's favor: the skydiving is 100% accurate, including the [[ target fixation]] scene, which is a real danger to skydivers. (Considering the film was shot around a real skydiving school, it should be.)²* ThemeNaming: The local joint is named ''The Skydiver''.²----


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