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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12250 posts, RR: 35
Posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2687 times:
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My DVD club is having a sale. Somebody have any suggestions on what aviation movies I should order? I'm thinking of Airplane and Pushing Tin so far. Help me add on to my DVD collection  Smile


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User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2630 times:
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All the Airport movies. Some are better than others but they are all classics.


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User currently offlineVC745D From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 214 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

Two from the 50s--"Three Guys Named Mike" (lots of AA CV240s). "No Highway in the Sky"--James Stewart.

User currently offlineAZFAN777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

if anyone's interested the complete collection of airport DVD's was just released on feb 10, it's called the airport terminal pack and it has dvd's of "Airport", Airport 75, Airport 77, and Airport 79, I bought my copy at best buy but i'm sure it;s available at other places as well

User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2492 times:

Airplane and Pushing Tin def get my votes.


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User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2459 times:

The Right Stuff is a little Hollywood-phony but a visual feast. Great look at the glory days at Edwards and the dawn of the space age. Get past the impression that Chuck Yeager took the X-1 supersonic the first time he ever saw it and it is a pretty good movie.

Top Gun is totally phony as a story but great, fantastic air-to-air shots that are real!

Twelve O'clock High is more than fifty years old and deals with an era more than sixty years ago but a good story, great acting and more B-17 footage than any other movie ever.

Always is a remake of A Guy named Joe. Set in present-day western US and centers on air tankers (firefighting aircraft) Okay story and acting. Some great shots of aircraf fighting forest fires.

Sorry but Airlines don't seem to make good movies other than the comedies listed above.



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User currently onlinePilawt From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

"Spirit of St. Louis" and "Strategic Air Command," both with James Stewart. An actor who is a real-life pilot (and Stewart excelled at both) makes cockpit scenes much more realistic.

Also "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" from the mid-60's is a real hoot, with a lot of great footage of 1912-era aircraft.

Then there's "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," a hilarious film with dozens of great stars. There are great inflight scenes of a Curtiss Jenny, and the stunning sight of a Twin Beech being flown through a highway billboard at high speed (legendary stunt pilot Paul Mantz flew the airplane, with about three feet between each wingtip and the steel frame of the billboard). Look quickly to see the airport firefighters waiting for the Twin Beech to land -- they are the Three Stooges!

The best airline disaster movie of all, Ernest K. Gann's "The High And The Mighty," starring John Wayne, has unfortunately never been released on video or DVD (legal hassles somewhere).


User currently offlineNwacrew From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

Definitely No Highway in the Sky, as mentioned above.

This 1951 classic was based on the best-selling novel by Nevil Shute.

James Stewart at his bumbling but endearing best. Glynis Johns as the stewardess every gay boy wanted to grow up to be. And Marlene Dietrich playing (now this was a stretch) a glamorous Hollywood movie star.

Will the enormous Reindeer lose it's tail inflight between England and Canada???

Flight attendants note (and shudder): Glynis Johns' Reindeer galley, with rows of GLASS shelving!


User currently offlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 816 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2363 times:

well, theres always the movies Passenger 57 (w/ wesley snipes) and Turbulence (Ray Liotta/Lauren Holly)

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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

I have seen many of these flicks and the best one involving an airliner crash and the attempt to find the cause was a 1963 flick call "Fate is the Hunter".
It starred Glenn Ford as the airline exec, Rod Taylor as the pilot and Suzanne PLeshette as the F A and only surviver. Its black and white and its a bear to find. I got a tape of it from a California company that seeks old hard-to-get movies. It is loosely based on the Ernest Gann novel. The movie starts with the boarding, take-off and crash. Its one of the best who-done-its, but this is more of a what-caused-it theme. It hasnt been on TV in a while. Maybe we should write Turner Movies and ask them to air it. I think it was an MGM movie.
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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2257 times:

With an ATC twist, "Pushing Tin".


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User currently offlineRb211 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 632 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

What's the name of the movie with Martin Sheen where he is a reporter on the USS Nimitz and they go through a time warp and end up back at December 7,1941? I haven't seen it in a while but it's definately one of my favorites.

Then it's (in no particular order):

All of the Airport Movies
Airplane
Top Gun
Memphis Belle



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User currently offlineTheFLCowboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 405 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Pushing Tin isnt bad. Broken arrow is kinda cool. Executive Decision is nowhere near reality but still kinda cool to watch.


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User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

Out of all the Airport movies, I like '77 the best. When I was a kid, I used to play with my little orange Braniff 747 die cast in the bathtub...pretend it was landing in the water. I know...sick and wrong...but hey I was only 5!!

User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2160 times:

Rb211, it's called "The Final Countdown". I love the bit where the Navy types discover they don't dare do anything to affect history, but end up shooting down a pair of Zero's. What if that had been Mr. Honda, and Mr. Toyota at the controls!?!?!? Smile

My recommendations:

Airport (1970)
Airplane! (1980)
Zero Hour (1957)
not airline, but spectacular, anyhow, Strategic Air Command (1955)

these MAY NOT be available in DVD/VHS anymore...
Fate Is The Hunter (1964)
Island In The Sky (1953)
The High and the Mighty (1954)


[Edited 2004-02-23 17:51:49]


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User currently offlineGr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1606 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2155 times:

"Flying Down to Rio." Fred & Ginger, a wing-walking chorus line, Pan American Sikorsky S-40s, parachuting out of a Commodore flying boat, the "Carioca." Can't ask for much more!

User currently offlineRb211 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 632 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2148 times:

Thanks TriStarEnvy. Love the handle!!!  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlinePronto From Canada, joined Mar 2000, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

Rb211:
Movie you're thinking of was "Final Countdown" - Kirk Douglas was Captain of the Nimitz - nice shots of naval aviation in that movie...

Surprised no mention of "Flight of the Phoenix" above...another Jimmy Stewart movie..


User currently offlineRb211 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 632 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2060 times:

Man, How could I forget about Passenger 57! The love of my life was in that movie!



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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

The Right Stuff
Airplane!
Airport (the original one from 1970)
The Final Countdown (campy but classic!)
Zero Hour (watch Airplane! then this back to back and I guarantee youll laugh your head off, this is the movie Airplane! was based on...)

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User currently offlineAkumas From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 434 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

Passenger 57 was quiet a good movie.

Also, Random Hearts is airliner related too.


User currently offlineMsllsmith From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 396 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1958 times:

All of these movies are great, but I think an addition of "Flight of the Phoenix" should be included as well. For a number of reasons, primarily as an homage to Paul Mantz, a terrific stunt pilot who was killed making the final scene (I think it was the last scene, I was a little young when it came out). The 'plane' actually flew twice. The second time it cracked up hitting the top of a sand dune.

Also, referring to Gann's "Fate is the Hunter", and Shute's "No Highway".... Take the time (to find) and read the books. They are both terrific. Gann was a pilot and Shute an engineer.....Fascinating guys.



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User currently offlineB747Skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1920 times:

As a pilot, I do not like much of the typical "Hollywood Trash" aviation movies.
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As for my favorite movies, based on accuracy of facts, situations, accuracy of check-lists, I consider "The Pilot" (actor Cliff Robertson) as an excellent movie, Cliff is actually an experienced pilot who actually flew the DC8 and the biplane seen in the movie, a story about an alcoholic pilot... The other movie is "Hijacked" (actor Charlton Heston) about a 707 hijacked to the USSR by a US soldier. Both movies are excellent, in my opinion as an airline pilot.
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