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"Flight" Starring Denzel Washington  
User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 17
Posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3190 times:

Has anyone heard any of the "buzz" over the upcoming film "Flight." From the trailer, it appears to be about a functioning alcholoic pilot who miraculously lands a jetliner headded for a horrifc crash.


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User currently offlinePoadrim From Norway, joined Oct 2008, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

Just saw the trailer myself, and it's looks like a decent movie. I looking forward to see it.


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User currently offlinePMUA787 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2792 times:

This reminds me of another movie made in the '70's that starred Cliff Robertson who played a functioning alcoholic pilot. The title of that movie eludes me.

Like the winglets on the MD-80! I wonder if they did that to make it look different so the movie makers were not trying to portray the MD-80.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21421 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2631 times:

Part of me is interested in seeing this, but another part of me is cringing at the thought of all the stuff they'll be getting wrong.

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User currently offlineKAUST From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 95 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
Part of me is interested in seeing this, but another part of me is cringing at the thought of all the stuff they'll be getting wrong.

My sentiments, exactly. And strangely enough: the film is only 139minutes long. This leads me to thoughts: it is VERY short for Zemeckis standards, and precisely how dramatic is it? 139 is typically the length reserved for comedies.

Guess we shall soon find out!


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User currently offlineCaptainKramer From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

If you want a sneak preview of how Robert Zemeckis handles flying sequences and plane crashes in movies, look no further than Cast Away which featured a Fed Ex A300 crashing at sea at night, very dramatic as a movie crash should be.

I only had one major issue when I saw it and that was that after the plane crashed in the sea during a storm the engine continued to run, almost sucking in Tom Hanks while he was in the water. I though it was a bit far fetched, but having seen a youtube of a bizjet I think it was a Learjet, having overshot the runway and landed in a creek, both engines continued to run, although grant you it never submerged underwater like the Fed Ex A300 would have in Cast Away.

I can appreciate directors taking creative license when featuring aircraft in movies, but being an aviation buff I do find it distracting while watching a movie and I am taken out of the film because a film maker has taken a liberty that beggars belief to say the least, try and keep it real, is all I am saying.


User currently offlinealaska737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1063 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2391 times:

I guarantee this "crash" scene will be incredibly fake. From the previews I saw it looks like that "MD-80" handles like an Extra 300.

Still want to see the movie however.


User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7083 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2315 times:

Looking forward to seeing it. I am sure we will all find plenty of mistakes but at least it looks like they got the cockpit right for an MD-80 that is impressive honestly. I am thinking the winglets needed to be put on so MD-80 operators don't get upset? Or Boeing itself? Or maybe just put them on to make it look like a newer plane. Who knows. It will be fun to watch. And Denzel is good.


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User currently offlineAviRaider From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

Quoting alaska737 (Reply 6):

Remember Alaska Airlines Flight 261? It nosed dived repeatedly and flew inverted before crashing. From what I've seen from the trailer it looks as if this movie took elements of the 261 crash.


User currently offline777guy From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Quoting PMUA787 (Reply 2):
This reminds me of another movie made in the '70's that starred Cliff Robertson who played a functioning alcoholic pilot. The title of that movie eludes me.


The name of that movie is "The Pilot" . I have an old copy on VCR that I have not watched for awhile. Seems like a good movie but at times is a little soapy.


User currently offlinePMUA787 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

Quoting 777guy (Reply 9):
The name of that movie is "The Pilot" . I have an old copy on VCR that I have not watched for awhile. Seems like a good movie but at times is a little soapy.

That's right. I believe there is a trailer for this film on YouTube as well.


User currently onlinekann123air From United States of America, joined Jun 2009, 836 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

Just saw it. Didn't like it at all. Not enough about aviation and more about the stuff you usually find it R rated movies.....


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User currently offlineJAAlbert From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1540 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

Quoting kann123air (Reply 11):
Just saw it. Didn't like it at all. Not enough about aviation and more about the stuff you usually find it R rated movies.....

I loved the movie! It's not a movie about flying, however, it's a movie about an irresponsible guy who, following a heroic act, realizes he must come to terms with a lifetime of misconduct. Having represented many people over the years with substance abuse issues, I found the movie pretty powerful. The plane segment at the beginning - believable or not - managed to hook me in!


User currently offlineKC135Hydraulics From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1734 times:

Quoting CaptainKramer (Reply 5):
I only had one major issue when I saw it and that was that after the plane crashed in the sea during a storm the engine continued to run, almost sucking in Tom Hanks while he was in the water. I though it was a bit far fetched, but having seen a youtube of a bizjet I think it was a Learjet, having overshot the runway and landed in a creek, both engines continued to run, although grant you it never submerged underwater like the Fed Ex A300 would have in Cast Away.

I'm pretty sure they were trying to imply that the aircraft was an MD-11... the cockpit was a hybrid of one anyway. They would not be using A300s on Pacific flights to Tahiti or wherever they were going.


User currently offlineByrdluvs747 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 2340 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

I was watching the game last week with a friend when the trailer came on. I told him "Those guys on Airliners are going to tear that movie to pieces.

My question just from the trailer is how long can a modern airliner maintain inverted flight?



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User currently offlinespiritair97 From United States of America, joined Jan 2011, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Saw it the day it was released! Was good as movies go, but was a bit depressing. Also, I would have liked to see more aviation and airplanes in the movie! Still liked it a lot.

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 4973 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

I saw it last week.

Denzel gave a great performance (Oscar nom most likely) and John Goodman was terrific as Denzel's dope man (Oscar nom highly possible).

That said, the movie is certainly a character study vs. an aviation nut's wet dream. I'm quite sure some of the techies on here will find some flaws but no glaring flubs that I could see, wingletted MD-80 aside.

The flight sequence portion of the film was the catalyst for the character developments that follow but certainly not the star of the film.

Worth a view for those who enjoy some good acting.



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User currently offlinekl911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 7):
I am thinking the winglets needed to be put on so MD-80 operators don't get upset? Or Boeing itself?

Why would film makers care about that? There are plenty of movies where complete US cities are destroyed, nobody asked the citizens if they liked that ides..  



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User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1790 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1733 times:
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Looking at the trailer it seems that it is a character driven story that develops from the aircrash rather than a movie about an aircrash....

I may well have gotten the wrong impression but will still give this a chance sometime over the next few weeks.


User currently offlinen797mx From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 18):
Looking at the trailer it seems that it is a character driven story that develops from the aircrash rather than a movie about an aircrash....

I may well have gotten the wrong impression but will still give this a chance sometime over the next few weeks.

If you think this movie is about a plane crash, you're gonna have a bad time...  

It was ok IMO. It was mostly two hours of watching Denzel Washington drink and do crack so I was disappointed...



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User currently offlineMd88Captain From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1330 posts, RR: 20
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Cockpit scenes were filmed in a DAL MD88 simulator in ATL.

User currently offlinepar13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 6971 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

Quoting kl911 (Reply 17):
Why would film makers care about that? There are plenty of movies where complete US cities are destroyed, nobody asked the citizens if they liked that ides..

A single movie by the major studios is a huge production with hundreds of persons involved, the director and producers do not oversee every single detail, I'm sure you have seen a number of movies where PC gets into the movie somehow.
Its the reason why there is a Directors Cut, which is now also a product to be sold and gain revenues.


User currently offlineHighflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 672 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

Quoting Md88Captain (Reply 20):
Cockpit scenes were filmed in a DAL MD88 simulator in ATL.

It's remarkable that Delta allowed filming to take place in their MD88 simulator. Airlines are usually so squeamish about allowing anything negative to reflect upon them. Although I understand the airline in this movie was a mythical regional airline based in the southeast U.S., Denzel Washington as a drug and alcoholic abuser is hardly the heroic image the industry wants.

When the movie trailers of Flight first came out, I immediately thought of an old 1970s book called "The Pilot". In that fictional work the captain hides booze in the lavatory and flies his routes loaded with what the book calls spookers.


User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1070 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

Quoting Highflier92660 (Reply 22):
When the movie trailers of Flight first came out, I immediately thought of an old 1970s book called "The Pilot". In that fictional work the captain hides booze in the lavatory and flies his routes loaded with what the book calls spookers.

The movie version of "The Pilot" came out in 1979, produced, directed and starring the late Cliff Robertson. A decent enough movie if you can find it. Lots of DC-8 action!


User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1790 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1726 times:
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Quoting n797mx (Reply 19):
If you think this movie is about a plane crash, you're gonna have a bad time...  

So looks like my impression of the film is correct then......

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 18):
Looking at the trailer it seems that it is a character driven story that develops from the aircrash rather than a movie about an aircrash....

Still gonna give it a shot, Denzel is a great actor so should be good to watch.


25 N766UA : I've only seen the trailer, but yes, it definitely looks like physics do not apply in this film. To roll an MD-80 about an axis and fly upside down w
26 Md88Captain : The wing vs steeple question makes me recall the USMC EA-6 that sliced through the cable car cable in Italy years ago. I would have thought that the E
27 DTWPurserBoy : It was called "The Pilot" and starred Cliff Robertson. It's available on DVD. I saw the film last week and a few things rang true--the first officer'
28 garpd : I've been looking forward to seeing this movie since I first clapped eye on the trailer in February I think it was. I'm am, however, extremely disappo
29 VC10er : I saw it and it was a very powerful movie. It is a HOLLYWOOD movie and drama trumps factual airplane technicalities. But it is (to me) about the sad a
30 N766UA : MD-80's can't dump fuel anyway. Which is why I'll withhold judgement on the movie as a whole, because it's not an "aviation movie."
31 nz2 : 2 hours 19 is a reasonable length for a movie. A lot of them these days are only 100 minutes or so It was an MD11 and the engine in question was the
32 Post contains images cxh : Very good post. I saw the movie last night and that summarizes my feelings too. It is a movie about addiction, with aviation providing the context an
33 DTWPurserBoy : For a quick "airplane movie fix" I heartily recommend "The Pilot." Cliff Robertson stars as a DC-8 captain (some GREAT interior and exterior shots of
34 SJCMSP : I never really understood why someone was sending ice skates to the South Pacific.
35 santi319 : If you work for the airline industry you know the events depicted in this movie and the stuff the pilot gets away with are extremely unlikely and comp
37 L1011 : I saw the movie a few days ago and liked it very much. I could tell that they used more than one aircraft because in some scenes there was a missing w
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