Pancho Barnes (1988 film)

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Pancho Barnes
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Directed by Richard T. Heffron
Produced by Blue Andre
Written by David Crisholm
John Michael Hayes
Starring Valerie Bertinelli
Music by Allyn Ferguson
Cinematography William Wages
Edited by Michael F. Anderson
Michael Eliot
Distributed by MGM (current)
Release dates
  • October 25, 1988 (1988-10-25)
Running time
150 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Pancho Barnes is a 1988 biopic made-for-TV movie starring Valerie Bertinelli as Florence "Pancho" Lowe Barnes.


Leaving an arranged marriage to Reverend Rankin Barnes (James Stephens), Florence Lowe "Pancho" Barnes (Bertinelli) takes an interest in flying light planes in the 1920s, and soon rivals Amelia Earhart (Nance Williams), breaking world speed records. Barnes is hired by Howard Hughes (David Kockinis) to do stunt flying for the film Hell's Angels, instigates the formation of the Associated Motion Picture Pilots, was a World War II Air Force Civilian Pilot Trainer, and establishes the Happy Bottom Riding Club as a mess hall for pilots and former servicemen.

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