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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There seems to be a bit of debate concerning Pete, the regular customer at the skydiving place, who dies partway through the movie. Some see him as a typical adrenaline junkie, who sadly fell prey to target fixationnote  and failed at his emergency procedures when his pack didn't open properly. Others read his comments beforehand as signs of obsession and suicidal tendencies (Bob even asks him straight up if he's "tired of living" when he keeps asking to do progressively more and more dangerous stunts.) and assume that his pack didn't fail, he just decided not to open it.
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  • Awesome Music: Provided by Jimmy Bryant and his band.note 
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The whole party near the end. What the heck is a stereotypical Scottish man, complete with huge red mustache, kilt, Tam O'Shanter bonnet, and thick brogue accent, doing at the party? Why is there an African-American girl in a polka-dot bikini, a woman in a tutu and roller skates, a caricatured Chinese man, a large and buxom woman who can easily fling her rail-thin dance partner around and a weird idiot who takes photographs of skydivers just to take home... and look at them?
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The town this movie was filmed in (Half Moon Bay) would be plagued yet again by the production of a shockingly terrible movie nearly 50 years afterwards, which (part of) the MST3K crew would Riff once again.
    • The Hot Coffee scandal makes the insistance on coffee by the characters even more hilarious.
  • Narm: The famous "Coffee? ... I like coffee." scene, even by this movie's standards.
  • So Okay, It's Average: By Coleman Francis standards at least. The Beast of Yucca Flats is an utter trainwreck and Red Zone Cuba is completely morally reprehensible. This film is just competent enough to be totally forgettable.
  • Tear Jerker: One legitimately sad moment in the film is when a child innocently asks, "Is Harry dead?"
  • Technology Marches On: The skydivers jump with Army surplus rigs, equipped with round bell canopies. Such rigs were phased out by wing parachutes in the 1970s. It's justified In-Universe as Harry and Bob were divers in the Korean War and probably owned them as surplus.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Beth is played by Kevin Casey, who's very androgynous-looking, helmet wig notwithstanding.

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