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Nominations For Worst Aviation Movie Ever..  
User currently offlineAPP From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 546 posts, RR: 6
Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3490 times:

This could even be a good topic for a poll for Johan. Anyway the earlier topic about aviation movies got me thinking. What does everybody rate as the worst aviation movie ever made.
I think my nominiation probably goes to 'Turbulence 3 - Heavy Metal'. If anybody hasn't seen it and you get the chance to see it....DON'T!!!
Anybody else got anything worse to nominate?
APP.

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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3481 times:

Yes, turbulence 3 is terrible (and an insult to heavy metal  Laugh out loud). Also, a film that was doing the rounds on sky moviemax recently, I can't remember its name... Ended with an emergency landing in Iceland. Also, many things happened (on the takeoff roll, they showed 4 different aircraft, at 4 different times of day  Laugh out loud), there was a decompression, uhhh a criminal on board who was going to hijack the plane, then started flying it to save people, then sacrificed himself to save the plane.

Terrible, utterly terrible.

Airport 75 gets bad reviews too  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineAPP From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 546 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3470 times:

Ooh that sounds bad. If you think of the name let me know, It sounds so dire it may be entertaining!  Wow!
APP.


User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3923 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3431 times:

The king of all stinkers imo, would have to be 'Concorde' Airport '79'. A true dog!

Thomas



"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1963 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3404 times:

The king of stinkeroos has to be SST: Death Flight, a made-for-TV star-studded extravaganza that, according to one reviewer, made Airport '79 a much better film. Check it out here:
http://us.imdb.com/Title?0076650

Airplane was my favorite; the original Airport and definitely deserve honorable mention.



The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3402 times:

I saw a movie about a bomb on a plane, going from SYD-LAX. The airline was Oceanic. It was a 747-200 exterior and 400 cockpit. Good looking first officer. It was on USA, but I think I saw it on lifetime....


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User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 43
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

One of my favorites, and not really a bad movie.....but one with the most outrageous special effects would have to be "The Crowded Sky." As i recall it was released in 1957.

Basic plot was a DC7 on a transcon collides with USAF jet and makes an emergency landing at Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX.

It starred Dana Andrews, Robert Stack, Rhonda Fleming, and Troy Donahue.

The emergency landing scene in Abilene with the mountains (?) in the background....on a foamed runway.....using what was pretty obviously a plastic model skidding on to a sidewalk covered with shaving cream had to be seen to be believed.

Jimmy Stewart in "Fate Is The Hunter" was a semi-stinker, though, even though I usually like Jimmy Stweart films. At least it wasn't quite as obsequious as the 137th time you see "It's A Wonderful Life."



User currently offlineThomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3923 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3392 times:

Fanofjets,

You and I are like mind. As I was typing up my post, I was raking my brain for the name of this real bow wow. Indeed, SST Death Flight makes Airport 79 look a Cannes Film Festival winner. I remember one reviewer calling this the 'Plan 9 'of aviation/diaster flicks.

There was another dog made in the mid 80s (also an ABC made for TV flick) that delt with a 'space plane' that became stuck in a low earth orbit and the passangers were rescued via the Space Shuttle. I can not recall the name however.

Thomas




"Show me the Braniffs"
User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3386 times:

I concur with "Turbulence", all three of 'em lol.



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1599 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3373 times:

The Airport movie where the 747 full of stars and jewels sank to the sea floor.

User currently offlineFanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1963 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3368 times:

Thanks, Thomas. I do agree that Airport '79 was baaaaaaaaad (in the sense of John Dillenger, not Michael Jackson).

The film in which the 747 sank to the ocean floor was Airport '77, which was baaad (he said sheepishly).

I noticed an error in my first post: I meant to say, "The original Airport and Skyjacked definitely deserve honorable mention."



The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
User currently offlineAA7771stClass From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 296 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3360 times:

AA61Hvy-
I think you're thinking of Executive Decision. It was an Oceanic flight from Athens to IAD with terrorists on board, but by some amazing feat the Navy Seals saved the day. It's actually I think the best movie on here thus far...


User currently offlineKjet12 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 975 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Panic In The Skies. By far the worst aviation movie I have ever seen. The plane gets hit by lightning and of course all hell breaks loose. For more info, check out http://www.airodyssey.net/articles/movie-panic.html

Kris
FLY THE FRIENDLY SKIES



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User currently offlineTimf From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 969 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3294 times:
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I can remember seeing the film AA61Hvy is talking about. It is different than Executive Decision, but as it was a made for TV movie, the low budget meant they re-used some of the exterior shots originally filmed for Executive Decision. I've seen those shots used in a couple other movies (Panic In The Skies was one), but in some cases they superimposed a different name over Oceanic since they didn't want to call the airline that.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6278 posts, RR: 34
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

Any of the "action" movies with an aicraft as the setting are truly horrible to any aviation fan. Also any of the "Airport" movies other than the original were bad.

Other than that, I can't think of an aviation movie that was not a sequel or an "action" movie that is really bad. Dramatized yes, but not really absurd.



Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3278 times:

Very few people will know what I'm talking about, unless you're from the former Soviet Union. There was a film made back in the late '70s or early '80s about a group of people taking off in a Tupolev TU-154 during a volcanic eruption. The take-off scene actually shows two different aircraft taking off at different times - the first one crashes, but the TU-154 makes it, barely, after rolling over a large crack in the runway which damages the rear fuselage. The catch in the take-off scenes - the planes used aren't even real, and you can see the toy wheels underneath them. Remember those toy PanAm 747, Continental DC-10s, etc. with wind-up wheels in boxes under them? Well, that's what was used in this film!

To make matters worse, while the TU-154 is airborne, the damage in the rear fuselage propagates into a crack which the crew tries to repair - by climbing through a hole in the ceiling of the rear cabin INTO THE CENTRE ENGINE DUCT AND OUT ONTO THE FUSELAGE THROUGH THE INTAKE to try to repair the crack with a blowtorch!!! Totally unrealistic. One of the crew members ends up severly frost-bitten and in danger of dying from his out-of-aircraft experience.

As the plane is descending, the rear fuselage begins to separate, and when it finally lands, the entire tail falls off onto the runway, bursting into flames. However, no one on the aircraft is killed, so it's a happy ending. But seriously, it's the worst aviation movie I've EVER seen.


User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3268 times:

Oh, hell...all that typing, and I forgot to say the movie was called Экипаж (Equipage), or Flight Crew.

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6278 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3267 times:

Oh yeah, that's truly bad. Falls well into the "action" genre I think.

Is it perchance on video somewhere?  Laugh out loud



Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

How about "Passenger 57" with Wesley Snipes? For an airport that didn't have the facilities to handle an L1011, they sure seemed to come up with passenger stairs, not once, but twice! Also, I never knew, once you got into the main landing gear area (and this happens in almost EVERY aviation movie), you have access to the entire aircraft with no obstacles (other than the bad guys, of course!)  Smile

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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7443 posts, RR: 62
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3160 times:
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well, I saw Fligth of the Phoenix and I was impressed with it.

While tooling around on the computer last night, I came across the most comprehensive list of AVIATION movies I have ever seen. Caveat: They are disaster aviation movies and MOST aviation movies revolve around disaster anyway.

http://disasteronline.tripod.com/adm.html

What do you think?



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3148 times:

I know it's more of an action film in which aviation has a role in the plot, but Delta Force with Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin. Movie is loosely (and I use the term liberally) based on the TWA hijacking back in '85. Pretty bad movie, but the action scenes in which Chuck Norris blows up terrorists is still pretty cool, but not good enough to make up for the stinker that is this movie.

User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3128 times:



SST: Disaster In the Sky..with Robert Reed and a nonmemorable cast of
several. What I remember most of this movie was a cockpit the size
of a hotel room, and a "SST" parked at a gate that was quite obviously
a 707 with a "concorde-like" nose built on the front. It was horrible.



Jim



What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineCO 757 200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3108 times:

I would have to nominate that disco era movie Airplane for the title. The sheer stupidity of the movie made it more of a JOKE than a film even worth considering seeing!

User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3100 times:

Got to agree with you there about Turbulence 3 - Heavy metal. Also, there was really rubbish film with Wesley Snipes in, but I forgot what it was called.

DC-10


User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5980 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3092 times:

AA61Hvy

I saw that one too, the usual 747 classic with a 744 cockpit on a 14-15 flight without any relief crew. The actor that played the FO used to be in Beverly Hills 90210 in one of the early seasons.


25 Thomasphoto60 : CO 757 200, That was the whole point of 'Airplane'. Most airline/airport personel that I know absouletly love this flick and rate it very highly for i
26 Clrd2go : I believe SST: Death Flight was a different movie (if I read the website on the link several posts above correctly). I saw that one too, and it was e
27 Laxflyer : You sure you don't mean "No highway in the sky," with Jimmy Stewart? I believe "Fate is the hunter," starred Rod Taylor and Glenn Ford. Also, "The cro
28 Post contains images Searpqx : Airplane, was and still is, an excellent example of slap-stick, pun, parody and innuendo. Yes it was silly, that was the whole point. On the other han
29 Cedarjet : I like Airport 1975 a LOT. Who can forget the gorgeous air-to-air footage of a real American Airlines 747-100 swooping through the Rockies, across the
30 Marcus : There was another dog made in the mid 80s (also an ABC made for TV flick) that delt with a 'space plane' that became stuck in a low earth orbit and th
31 Thomasphoto60 : I have skyjacked as well, though Cedar those were not Migs, rather they were North American F-100 Super Sabers, used extensively in Vietnam. One of th
32 CF-CPI : While not an airline movie per se, 'Goodfellas' used quite a bit of airline footage since robberies at 'Idlewild' airport, as JFK then was, were a cen
33 B727-200 : Once channel-surfing I came across a movie where the pilot - flying his Concorde - did an inverted loop to avoid a bogie. Once in the inverted positi
34 Post contains images 707cmf : B727-200 > That was Airport 79. As for the worst aviation movie ever, I nominate Submerged, starring Coolio (yes!!). You discover that a 747 classic c
35 BR715-A1-30 : Got to agree with you there about Turbulence 3 - Heavy metal. Also, there was really rubbish film with Wesley Snipes in, but I forgot what it was call
36 Exnonrev : My vote goes to the Robert Reed SST pic. It was definitely a product of the anti-Concorde hysteria here in the US circa 1976-77. At least the F/As wer
37 TxAgKuwait : Might have been a DC6 in "The Crowded Sky" rather than a DC7, but thought it was a 7. It was definitely not national...the airline in question was the
38 Post contains images Clrd2go : Re Goodfellas..I loved the scene at Idylwild in 63, as mentioned, with the 747s flying over, and Ray Liotta leaning against a 65 Chevy Jim
39 EA CO AS : There was another dog made in the mid 80s (also an ABC made for TV flick) that delt with a 'space plane' that became stuck in a low earth orbit and th
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