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The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club

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Winner of an Emmy and multiple film festival awards including Best Documentary Film and Audience Awards in 2010, The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club is a fun-filled documentary romp through the life of one of the most colorful and accomplished female pilots of the early 20th Century. Florence ''Pancho'' Barnes was the first woman stunt pilot in Hollywood in 1929 and shattered Amelia Earhart's air speed record in 1930. In the 1940's and 50's, Pancho entertained the greatest test pilots in the world, the men with the right stuff at the infamous ''Happy Bottom Riding Club'' guest ranch near Edwards Air Force Base. When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 in 1947, he partied with Pancho. A friend of the fast and the famous, Pancho Barnes was a swaggering, forceful, ill-behaved woman whose exploits and accomplishments are truly the stuff of legend.

Featuring never-before-seen photographs and film footage and interviews with many of Pancho's friends including astronaut Buzz Aldrin and famed test pilots Bob Cardenas, Bob Hoover and Chuck Yeager, The Legend of Pancho Barnes is an unforgettable, exciting, and poignant romp through aviation history. Narrated by Tom Skerritt, with Kathy Bates as the voice of Pancho Barnes.

This multi-award-winning film has screened throughout the United States on public television (PBS), in Australia, and in nearly a dozen film festivals. Celebrated within the aviation community, it was specially screened at the EAA's AirVenture in 2010 and 2011, at AOPA's annual convention, at Sun 'N Fun, the Arlington Fly In, NASA Dryden, and at scores of air museums nationwide.

This deluxe DVD features both the broadcast version (as seen on public television) and the special uncensored film festival version of the documentary, along with nearly 18 minutes of additional video including deleted scenes. It also features commentary from writer/producer Nick Spark and director Amanda Pope, a study guide for secondary school students, and more.

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If you haven't seen the film, and you love aviation history ... you need to see it. --PilotMag, July 2010

Aficionados of aviation's golden age will find a life and times tale here that is as entertaining as it is comprehensive. --Aviation History, March 2011

A thoroughly entertaining look at a very unconventional life. If all you know of Pancho Barnes comes from Kim Stanley's portrayal of her in The Right Stuff, well, you've come to the right place. --After Ellen, July 2009

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This deluxe edition DVD features both the broadcast version (as seen on PBS and American Public Television) plus the multi-award winning version that screened at film festivals and EAA's AirVenture. This "uncensored" or "adult" version of the film is the definitive "Legend of Pancho Barnes" and not to be missed! The DVD also includes nearly 18 minutes of additional video segments including deleted scenes about the Mt. Lowe Railroad and Pancho's grandfather Thaddeus Lowe, the story of how Pancho rescued Chuck Yeager from a possible courts martial, and how she helped one of the WWII Women's Air Service Pilots (WASPs) get her wings. It also features an audio commentary track with writer/producer Nick Spark and director Amanda Pope, a study guide for secondary school students prepared by the International Women in Air and Space Museum, and more.

Product details

  • Actors: Buzz Aldrin, Kathy Bates, Bob Cardenas, Bob Hoover, Gene Nora Jessen
  • Directors: Amanda Pope, Nick T Spark (Producer)
  • Format: NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Nick Spark Productions LLC
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002NHX1YK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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