The Mystery of D.B. CooperJohn Dower

The story of one of the most daring robberies in the world reads like a movie script. Shortly after a plane has taken off, one of the passengers, a man named Dan Cooper, reports that he has a bomb. He demands - and receives - heaps of money and four parachutes and runs off. Over the course of 50 years, dozens of suspects are investigated by the FBI. Testimonials, archive footage and re-enactment bring their stories to life and the pressing question remains: where is D.B Cooper?

November 24, 1971. A man who calls himself Dan Cooper buys a ticket to Seattle at Portland airport. He is wearing a nice suit and calmly enjoys two drinks before departure. Shortly after the plane takes off, he passes a note to the flight attendant saying there is a bomb in his briefcase. He promises not to detonate the bomb if, immediately after landing in Seattle, he is given $200,000 and four parachutes. He gets what he demands and after the plane takes off back to Mexico, Cooper jumps out with his loot. Since then there has been no trace of him or the money. There are, however, plenty of suspects and witnesses who claim to know who Cooper was. In this documentary, award-winning director John Dower, known for films such as My Scientology Movie and Thrilla in Manila, explores and discovers that stories and testimonials tell a lot more than meets the eye.

Remarkable stories Crime

Vertoond op editie(s) 2021
Screened at edition(s) 2021


Directed by John Dower
2020 85 min.
No subtitles


Reconstructing History


John Dower


John Dower


Anna Stephens

Production company

Minnow films


James Blann, Edgar Dubrovskiy


Paul Carlin


Tim Atack, Lindsay Wright

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