A Breed Apart

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A Breed Apart
A breed apart poster.jpg
Spanish Film Poster
Directed byPhilippe Mora
Written byPaul Wheeler
StarringKathleen Turner
Rutger Hauer
Powers Boothe
Donald Pleasence
Music byMaurice Gibb
CinematographyGeoffrey Stephenson
Edited byChris Lebenzon
Distributed byHemdale Film Corporation
Release date
June 1984 (1984-06)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$3,000,000 (estimated)

A Breed Apart is a 1984 American drama film directed by Philippe Mora. It stars Kathleen Turner, Rutger Hauer and Powers Boothe.

The screenplay by Paul Wheeler concerns the need to protect endangered species, in this case the bald eagle.


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.



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.[1]

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.[2]

Principal production credits[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Variety said the film "lacks reason, dramatic tension or emotional involvement." [3]


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087001/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv
  3. ^ Variety review

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