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Greatest Aviation Movie Ever?  
User currently offlineB737900 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 180 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4399 times:
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Just last night I finished watching "12 O'clock High" (Gregory Peck - 1949 - B&W). Available on NetFlix. I try and watch it once every 5 years or so. I find the movie incredibly inspiring, very dramatic, historically significient and accurate, well produced and the story line is as close to accurate as can be - in my opinion. I would be interested in hearing some a.netters views on the film AND other opinions of the greatest aviation movie ever?


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User currently offlinehb88 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 816 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4388 times:

"16 Right" is one of my favourites.

User currently offlinewexfordflyer From Ireland, joined Jun 2009, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4334 times:

Forget accuracy, intrigue, cinematic genius, significance, drama....

I would have to go for Airplane!!! Comedic genius!!

"We have to get this man to a hospital!"

"A hospital? What is it?"

"It's a building with patients but that's not important!"




Classic!!



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User currently onlinethomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3962 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4290 times:

Quoting wexfordflyer (Reply 2):
I would have to go for Airplane!!! Comedic genius!!

"We have to get this man to a hospital!"

"A hospital? What is it?"

"It's a building with patients but that's not important!"

The movie that inspired "Airplane", "Zero Hour"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051221/

In a bit of a twist one of the writers of Zero Hour, was Airport's author, Arthur Hailey. Most people incorrectly believe that Airplane is a spoof of Airport.

Do yourself a favor, watch these movies back-to-back, it's a riot!

Thomas



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5627 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4244 times:

Quoting B737900 (Thread starter):
other opinions of the greatest aviation movie ever?

I would have to throw in "Strategic Air Command".

Tugg



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User currently offlineFlyingSicilian From Italy, joined Mar 2009, 1334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4213 times:

Good question, tough call IMO.


Aero Space-
"The Right Stuff"

Military-
"Strategic Air Command"

Commericial-This is real tough one for me
"The Aviator" has a lot of history in it, albeit Hollywood-ised

Comedy-
"Airplane" is there another choice?

Obviously "Soul Plane" tops them all but we don't even need to talk about that one  



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User currently offlineKLASM83 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 631 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4203 times:

I am an avid lover of Mystery Science Theater 3000, so when I found out that there was a made-for-TV movie about airports that they riffed, it made my day. Thus, 1970's San Francisco International ranks up there for me, with all the made-for-TV corniness, pretty good aircraft/airport scenes and of course the treatment from Mike, Crow and Tom.   


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User currently offlinesunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2045 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4187 times:

"Airport" filmed at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport late 1969 early 1970. IIRC released in 1971. Staring Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, George Kennedy and the Boeing 707. They used a Northwest Airlines 707-320.


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User currently online727tiger From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4160 times:

For me, it has to be "Airport."

However, "Zero Hour," "The High and the Mighty" and "Airplane" can't be ignored.

To throw out another thought, "Only Angels Have Wings."


User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7305 posts, RR: 85
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4153 times:
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1) 12 O'Clock High
2) The Blue Max (it's on Netflix!)
3) The Right Stuff
Tora Tora Tora
Wings (1927)
Strategic Air Command (1955) w/ Jimmy Stewart
Battle of Britain
Bridges at Toko-Ri


User currently offlinewexfordflyer From Ireland, joined Jun 2009, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4152 times:

Quoting thomasphoto60 (Reply 3):

The movie that inspired "Airplane", "Zero Hour"
Quoting thomasphoto60 (Reply 3):
Do yourself a favor, watch these movies back-to-back, it's a riot!

Never heard of that but it sounds well worth a watch. I think you might have planned my evening for me! Thanks, I'm looking forward to it  
Quoting sunking737 (Reply 7):
"Airport" filmed at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport late 1969 early 1970. IIRC released in 1971. Staring Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, George Kennedy and the Boeing 707. They used a Northwest Airlines 707-320.

That's a great one!



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25445 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4152 times:

Quoting tugger (Reply 4):
Quoting B737900 (Thread starter):
other opinions of the greatest aviation movie ever?

I would have to throw in "Strategic Air Command".
Quoting wexfordflyer (Reply 2):
I would have to go for Airplane!!! Comedic genius!!

Those two would be near the top of my list.

Excerpt from "Strategic Air Command" (released 56 years ago, 1955). The title of the Youtube video is incorrect as the B-52G model didn't go into service until 1959. I think those are B-52Bs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq6Hpxyrhyo


User currently offlinetams747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4122 times:

16 Right is definitely one of my favorites followed by The Aviator and the original Flight of the Phoenix. As far as comedic aviation films the "Cockpit" web series on youtube is hilarious by far the best ever....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyYBDexg8dw&feature=relmfu



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User currently offlineCharlieNoble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4102 times:

Snakes on a Plane (Just kidding, but the kid that flew the plane at the end was pretty funny).

For me its: The High and the Mighty with John Wayne and Robert Stack.

I also liked Passenger 57 due to extensive footage of the L1011 and Elizabeth Hurley.


User currently offlinenkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2668 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4062 times:

Quoting wexfordflyer (Reply 2):
I would have to go for Airplane!!!
Quoting FlyingSicilian (Reply 5):
Airplane"

That gets my vote......  



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4062 times:

Quoting fxramper (Reply 9):
Tora Tora Tora



A true favorite.

I'll jump on the space flight side of the movies and add Apollo 13, a true classic.



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User currently offlineB737900 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4046 times:
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As far as an entertaining and exciting airport scene I should have mentioned Bullitt (Steve McQueen, 1968 ). PanAm 707 taxing to take off at SFO.

Quoting fxramper (Reply 9):
Tora Tora Tora

Funny you mentioned Tora, Tora, Tora. I was in that movie! It was filmed in Hawaii. We were pulling into Pearl after transiting from Vietnam. The attack on Pearl Harbor was being filmed and there were actual Zeros buzzing far overhead. Word was passed on my ship that we might be in the movie. We could actually see explosions on the beach. If one looks closly you can see ships in the harbor. The USS Fox (DLG-33) is one of them. My only claim to fame!
Come on - has nobody seen 12 O'clock High?



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User currently offlineSYDBWI From Australia, joined Feb 2011, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4021 times:

Check a couple of these out

Short old-school films about airlines/airports.

Los Angeles International Airport-1970-Part l/ll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iOhODcyOaY

Favourite line from it: "After all 1980 is tomorrow!"

BEA Trident 2C-"Clear To Land"-1968-Part l/ll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYNxRVulNe8

BEA Promo film from the 60's. Introducing Autoland!

Heaps more videos on mcdonald220's page on youtube.



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User currently offlineCharlieNoble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4021 times:

Quoting B737900 (Reply 16):
Come on - has nobody seen 12 O'clock High?

Fantastic flick! And great to know that we have a Hollywood figure among us  


User currently onlinethomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3962 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3985 times:

Quoting tams747 (Reply 12):
the original Flight of the Phoenix.

One of the best, bar none. The re-make was an abomination

Quoting 727tiger (Reply 8):
"The High and the Mighty"

Great flick (Big John Wayne fan, here). Let's not forget "Island In The Sky" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045919/ , another Wayne/Wellman aviation flick. If you love the DC-3/C-47, get the DVD, you'll love this movie.

Quoting wexfordflyer (Reply 10):
Never heard of that but it sounds well worth a watch. I think you might have planned my evening for me! Thanks, I'm looking forward to it

Yep, sit down with a bowl of popcorn and prepare for an evening of chuckles. The funny thing is that "Zero" is a drama, but when viewed in the context of Airplane, it's a scream.

Quoting fxramper (Reply 9):
3) The Right Stuff

Rocks!

Quoting fxramper (Reply 9):
Tora Tora Tora

Never miss it

While not a great aviation film, the Chuck Heston flick, "Skyjack" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069278/ is worth viewing. I dig the F-100s filling in for MiG 21s and Soviet soldiers armed with M-16s, never mind the horrible editing (check out the scenes as the plane is approaching ANC, as it seems if ol' Chuck can't decide whether he wants his gear up or down). Still, it's a fun flick to kill a rainy afternoon.


Thomas

[Edited 2011-02-16 09:58:57]


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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12480 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3985 times:

I think some mention should be made of Dr. Strangelove; I know it's not strictly speaking an aviation movie, but it's fair to say that aircraft (and the inability to recall them) did play quite a role. It was reported that the USAF was quite shocked at how accurate the portrayal of the B52 cockpit was at the time. It's always been a favourite of mine (the movie, not the B-52!).

And of course, I have to say Airplane, because really, it's impossible to watch Airport without thinking of Airplane!


User currently offlinePWMRamper From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 628 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3934 times:

First movie that comes to mind is United 93.

Minus one exterior shot, the thing is near perfect for aviation accuracy. It's also a very moving film. Very well done.


User currently offlineTower From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 107 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3933 times:

Anyone going to suggest Pushing Tin? haha

Like everyone else I would have to agree with Airplane! Truly a wonderful comedy.


User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8289 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3933 times:

Military - The Right Stuff
Commercial- The High and the Mighty
Comedy- Airplane

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User currently onlinethomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3962 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3915 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 20):
It was reported that the USAF was quite shocked at how accurate the portrayal of the B52 cockpit was at the time

Kubrick was not known for cutting corners on his films, so I am not too surprised.

Thomas



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25 ArcrftLvr : Airplane by far is the greatest commercial aviation movie. I also really liked Pushing Tin....
26 330Guy : Not strictly aviation but Memphis Belle is top of my list.
27 SYDBWI : Sweet Jesus, no one has mentioned the holy grail of all aviation films! TOP GUN
28 Post contains images fxramper : I highly recommend The Blue Max w/ George Peppard. It's on Netflix so add it to your list. I broke my first DVD copy of this I watched it so many time
29 snn2003 : 1) Fate is the Hunter 2) Airport 3) Airplane 4) The Hight and the Mighty SNN2003
30 330Guy : I was pondering putting it in but I didnt know what reaction i'd get, its an all time classic lets face it
31 YYZRWY23 : Military: Top Gun Space: Apollo 13 Commercial: United 93 ?: Air Force One ATC: Pushing Tin YYZRWY23
32 Post contains links tepidhalibut : One that I want to see, but haven't yet. No Highway in the Sky. I've read the original book, and tho' melodramatic, it intrigued me. Then, knowing of
33 IAHFLYR : How could we all forget to even reference the movie.....WOW!!!! Incredible flick.
34 KBOS : I'm kind of fond of "The Great Waldo Pepper"
35 saab2000 : This is such a no brainer... 'Airplane' wins going away.
36 SYDBWI : All jokes aside about the questionable amount of sweatiness, the thinly veiled homoeroticism and the inaccuracies of the air combat sequences. The ae
37 bueb0g : The Aviator or Airplane. 16R too. Miracle Landing was also good.
38 warden145 : Airport's one of my all-time favorite movies, and Joe Patroni was one of my heroes growing up. I do have two slight corrections to make, though...as
39 falstaff : It was a Flying Tigers 707. I love Airport, but it is The Right Stuff that made me fall in love with aviation. I saw it in the theater with my dad wh
40 hercppmx : Some Great films Have been said already... I'd like to mention "spirit of St. Louis" (1957) with James Stewart playing the role of Charles Lindbergh.
41 signol : A few to consider: Top Gun Airplane Dambusters Memphis Belle Pushing Tin signol
42 tugger : I was trying to remember this one earlier, and while I can't put it in for "greatest ever" I really like the movie: "Always". Though it is primarily a
43 falstaff : Very good movie. I have a copy of it on VHS and would like to get a DVD edition one of these days. I never really liked that movie too much. I just g
44 elbandgeek : I will join the Airplane camp, but would also like to submit a more recent work, Up in The Air. Definitely one of my favorite movies of the past few y
45 ThirtyEcho : "Island in the Sky" is the most factually accurate aviation movie ever and it is a true story.
46 Scooter01 : 45 replies and nobody ever mentioned "Battle of Britain"????? and more in no particular order: Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines Flight o
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