The Mystery of D.B. Cooper will be debuting on HBO on Wednesday, November 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The film is an exhilarating dive into the confounding, unsolved case of the elusive “D.B. Cooper,” the unidentified man who in 1971 successfully hijacked and parachuted from a 727 jet with $200,000 – and disappeared without a trace.
The film will be available on HBO and to stream on HBO Max.
Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker John Dower (Thrilla in Manila, My Scientology Movie), The Mystery of D.B. 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, OR, 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 D.B. Cooper paints a dynamic portrait of a fabled fugitive whose unparalleled story became folklore.
The Mystery of D.B. Cooper is part of a collection of five enthralling crime-focused documentary films that premiere on Wednesdays, beginning November 18. Each title goes beyond the sensational headlines to explore the human toll on all sides of a crime and delves deep into the internal and external worlds of perpetrators, victims, and survivors.
The Mystery of D.B. Cooper was written and directed by 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.
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