A Breed Apart
|A Breed Apart|
Spanish Film Poster
|Directed by||Philippe Mora|
|Written by||Paul Wheeler|
|Music by||Maurice Gibb|
|Edited by||Chris Lebenzon|
Obsessive collector J.P. Whittier, determined to obtain specimens of a newly discovered breed of bald eagle, hires rock climber Mike Walker to pose as a photographer and win reclusive conservationist Jim Malden's confidence in order to gain access to eggs from their lofty nest. Before long, Walker is converted to Malden's cause, and with the help of storekeeper Stella Clayton and her son Adam, the two men thwart Whittier's plot.
- Rutger Hauer as Jim Malden
- Powers Boothe as Mike Walker
- Kathleen Turner as Stella Clayton
- Donald Pleasence as J.P. Whittier
- Andy Fenwick as Adam Clayton
At the time the film was made, the bald eagle was on the brink of extirpation in the continental United States. The bird now has a stable population and was removed from the federal government's list of endangered species in June 2007.
The film was shot on location in Asheville, Biltmore Estate, Chimney Rock State Park, and Lake Lure in North Carolina. After principal filming had finished, the film reels were sent back by plane to Los Angeles. One reel (of 4) never arrived, so the film was substantially reorganized around the missing scenes (shot out of order) in editing. This partly explains why some sub-plots are incomplete and Malden has no back story.
Principal production credits
- Producers ..... John Daly, Derek Gibson
- Original Music ..... Maurice Gibb
- Cinematography ..... Geoffrey Stephenson
- Production Design ..... William Barclay
- Art Direction ..... Jeff Ginn
- Set Decoration ..... Ed Sears
- Costume Design ..... John Boxer
- Film Editor ..... Chris Lebenzon
- "Bald Eagle Soars Off Endangered Species List". U.S. Department of the Interior. 2007-06-28. Archived from the original on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2007-08-27.
- Variety review