The Mystery of D.B. Cooper

The Mystery of D.B. Cooper

The Mystery of D.B. Cooper

The director of Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie documents the 1970s case of Dan "DB" Cooper, long regarded as the greatest unsolved heist in American history.

The film brings to life the stories of four individuals fervently believed by their family and friends to be the mystery man who hijacked a 727 flying out of Portland, OR, traded the passengers’ lives for $200,000 and four parachutes, lept from 10,000 feet over some of Washington State’s roughest terrain, and was never heard from again. Almost 50 years later, the case continues to confound the FBI and inspire wild speculation as it remains the only unsolved airplane hijacking in United States history.

2020Rating: M, Offensive language85 minsUSA
CrimeDocumentaryHistorical
Director:
John Dower
Writer:
John Dower

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Fascinating, captivatingly structured look into the suspects of the D.B. Cooper case. I really like the way the film was put together, I only wish that they had used some on screen maps to establish geography. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

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Somewhere, deep under the surface, is an illuminating meditation on the relationship between the banality of modern living and the fantasies that people sell to the masses to help them cope with it.

Financial Times

Financial Times

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Sifting the implausible from the probable makes for a fascinating show.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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I like the intellectual exercise of The Mystery of D.B. Cooper.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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These brilliant characters, some deeply entangled in the story, some distant from it but connected, are believers. This film asks what keeps them believing, and it is a far bigger question than the mystery itself.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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By turning this narrative into a search for an identification that seems increasingly unlikely to ever happen, Dower loses focus, and we become just as lost as the hundreds of people convinced they know what happened to D.B. Cooper.

Decider

Decider

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An engrossing tale of nefarious derring-do and the power of belief, with the hook of lost cash.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Somewhere, deep under the surface, is an illuminating meditation on the relationship between the banality of modern living and the fantasies that people sell to the masses to help them cope with it.

Financial Times

Financial Times

press

Sifting the implausible from the probable makes for a fascinating show.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

I like the intellectual exercise of The Mystery of D.B. Cooper.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

These brilliant characters, some deeply entangled in the story, some distant from it but connected, are believers. This film asks what keeps them believing, and it is a far bigger question than the mystery itself.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

By turning this narrative into a search for an identification that seems increasingly unlikely to ever happen, Dower loses focus, and we become just as lost as the hundreds of people convinced they know what happened to D.B. Cooper.

Decider

Decider

press

An engrossing tale of nefarious derring-do and the power of belief, with the hook of lost cash.

Fascinating, captivatingly structured look into the suspects of the D.B. Cooper case. I really like the way the film was put together, I only wish that they had used some on screen maps to establish geography. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0