Separated from his family, he was bounced from foster-home to foster-home, his last stop dropping him in a Michigan jail. But today, May 11th 1984, he’s breaking out of prison.
Based on true events. Having grown up dirt poor in East LA, Gilbert Galvan Jr. always wanted a stable life, family, and oceanside house away from the gangs and bullies that littered his barrio. But with a Dad in jail and an overworked rarely-present Mom, Gilbert’s dreams were forced to take a disco-nap.
Separated from his family, he was bounced from foster-home to foster-home, his last stop dropping him in a Michigan jail. But today, May 11th 1984, he’s breaking out of prison… and determined to chase down that childhood dream. Upon arriving in Canada’s capital, he discovers his employment options on the lam are limited. And after falling deeply in love and finding a home with Andrea, if they want to start a family, they are going to need some cash… quick.
Having assumed his new identity as Robert Whiteman, he begins to fly into different cities, charm and party with the locals, then rob their banks blind the next day. With Robert being a brilliant master- of-disguise, he had cleared 2.3 Million from 59 banks and jewelry stores without a single bullet ever being fired. His cat and mouse game with the cops would go on for years before they could finally pass Go, collect $200, and send what reporters dubbed “The Flying Bandit” directly to jail.