Documentary - The Mystery of DB Cooper


An exhilarating dive into the confounding, unsolved case of an unidentified man who, in 1971, successfully hijacked and parachuted from a 727 jet with $200,000 – and disappeared without a trace, watch the trailer for the documentary The Mystery of DB Cooper...


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Directed by Emmy®-nominated filmmaker John Dower (“Thrilla in Manila”, “My Scientology Movie”), The Mystery of DB Cooper 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, Oregon, traded the passengers’ lives for $200,000 and four parachutes, leapt 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.

Drawing from a combination of recreated and archival footage, as well as exclusive interviews with those most connected to the infamous case and its likeliest culprits, this edge-of-your-seat documentary also explores how the heist inspired copycat hijackings and elevated Cooper to “legend” status. The Mystery of DB Cooper paints a dynamic portrait of a fabled fugitive whose unparalleled story became folklore.

Mandy Chang, who commissioned The Mystery Of D.B. Cooper for the BBC’s Storyville strand, said the broadcaster was “intrigued” by Dower’s film from its inception, adding that it captures an era when airport security was radically different from what it is today.

“John’s obsession with understanding why so many Americans identified with a mystery airplane hijacker who became a cult figure, following in the tradition of criminal icons like Butch and Sundance or Bonnie and Clyde, was infectious,” Chang said. “His film paints compelling portraits of multiple suspects, each one as convincing as the next and in doing so asks deeper questions about memory, identity and truth.”


The Mystery of DB Cooper was written and directed by John Dower; produced by Anna Stephens; executive producer, Morgan Matthews; original music by Tim Atack and Lindsay Wright; editor, Paul Carlin. For BBC Storyville: executive producers, Mandy Chang, Hayley Reynolds. For HBO: executive producers, Lisa Heller, Nancy Abraham; supervising producer, Sara Rodriguez.

The Mystery of D.B. Cooper on HBO Max when it premieres November 26, 2020: http://itsh.bo/get-hbomax

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