APP From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 546 posts, RR: 7 Posted (11 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3419 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?
EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3410 times:
Yes, turbulence 3 is terrible (and an insult to heavy metal ). 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 ), 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.
Fanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1930 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 days ago) and read 3333 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
AA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 days ago) and read 3331 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....
TxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 days ago) and read 3328 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."
Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3813 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 days ago) and read 3321 times:
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.
AA7771stClass From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 295 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3289 times:
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...
Timf From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 965 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3223 times:
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.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3207 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.
MxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 37
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3165 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!)
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Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7431 posts, RR: 63
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3089 times:
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.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3077 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.
Clrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3057 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.