Transtar
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Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Fri Sep 03, 1999 6:01 am

What would you all vote as the best crash or crash landing scenes in the movies. With new special effects, it appears that crashes will be portrayed more realistically in the future.

My vote is for the crash scene from the newest "Alive" movie which was extremely convincing as it showed their F-27 breaking up and decompressing in minute detail.

 
darrell
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Fri Sep 03, 1999 7:10 am

I agree, the crash in "Alive" is the most realistic crash scene I've seen. The scene in "Con-Air" isnt bad, but not very realistic. Also, there is a scene in "Always", where Richard Dreyfus is flying a fire tanker that catches on fire in flight. I don't recall what kind of plane it is, but the scene of the plane exploding and breaking apart in mid air is pretty convincing.
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cedarjet
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Fri Sep 03, 1999 7:17 am

The crash in "Alive" was very plausible, I felt quite uneasy for a day after seeing it. The hands down winner has to be the crash at the end of the Peter "The Truman Show" Weir movie "Fearless", when a 737 crashes into a cornfield after an inflight explosion losing the hydraulics. It is entirely interior shots of the plane coming apart and it is without sound, only set to music (Gorecki symphony no 3). It will leave you really shaken. The film opens with the main character walking out of the wreckage, which is incredibly well constructed and shot, with a sinister rumbling underneath the sounds of the fire crews and edited so that the picture cuts from a charred body (only seen for an instant) to an unbroken bottle of champagne rolling slowly across the tarmac. The guy has flashbacks throughout the movie of being in the plane as it's going down and the crash itself is at the end.
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N777UA
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Fri Sep 03, 1999 10:12 am

The most realistic is from Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232. You can tell what it is about. Someone shot home video footage of the crash & that is what is on the movie.
 
GulfstreamGuy
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Fri Sep 03, 1999 2:17 pm

I liked the C-123 crash (slid a little TOO much though) in "Air America". That movie also had the Huey crash in the trees and the Porter crash (when Rob Downey, Jr crashes it into the crashed fuselage of the C-123...cool!). Die Hard 2 had a couple of good ones too.
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Noah008
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Sat Sep 04, 1999 3:06 am

i think the best crash is in "executive decision" when the 747 misses Dulles international and has to land on the nearby flight training airfield, very good effects of the plain landing and the huge engines smahing into the much smaller cessnas on the side. also a movie ALL airline enthusiests must see is "airport 79' the concorde" an absolutly smash hit, one of my all time fav's!!! it has a very convincing ending, but i won't spoil it, GO SEE IT!!!
 
pilatus
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Sat Sep 04, 1999 4:08 am

The most realistic crash landing I've seen in a movie was the one in "US Marshall"!! I can't imagine to create this one more realistic.
But the one in "Alive" really is unbeatable.
 
nscaler
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Sat Sep 04, 1999 5:43 am

The one from US Marshalls is very realistic. The one from Executive Decision is alright, but you could NEVER land a 747 on a general aviation field that is probably around 5000 ft in length. It would have stopped a lot further away than it did. Also, who has ever seen a regular guy land so well?
 
PresRDC
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Wed Sep 08, 1999 12:30 am

Although it doesn't have a great crash scene (although the one it has isn't bad), my favorate crash film is "Crash," about the Eastern 401 crash, staring Eddie Albert as the Captain. Although a 1970s film, it does have a great pre-crash sequence of the pilots trying to solve the landing gear indicator problem. It used to be on TBS quite a bit, but I haven't seen it in a while.

RDC
 
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AF1 And US M

Wed Sep 08, 1999 2:48 am

I think that the crash in US Marshalls is cool! But have any of you guys seen Air Force One? The crash there is VERY realistic and VERY cool!
I have every one of the "Airport" Movies, and Airport '79 is very good, for a '70s movie.   Another good one is Airport '75. Although there isn't a crash landing, the Braon hitting the 747 had some good effects. Airport '77 had some real good suspense, and a good realistic water crash landing. But, the original Airport, Airport 1970, was the most unrealistic.
Hey, this has given me an idea for my own post.  

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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Wed Sep 08, 1999 12:18 pm

Did anyone see "White Nights", around 1981 with Michael Borishnikov? A 747 on a polar route develops severe electrical problems and tries to land on a soviet military base . The runway is way too short and the crash sequence is very well done, not only from outside the a/c but in the cabin as it is happening. F.
 
william
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Hey,DL604

Wed Sep 08, 1999 1:55 pm

What was so unrealistic about Airport 70? At least they had the guts to use real aircraft. And the scene where the flying tiger pilots inadvertently(right cedarjet?) put the 707 into a power slide(THAT WAS REAL FOLKS,NO STUPID COMPUTER CREATION),as the tail swung around near the runway edge(it was not planned like that,but made for excellent footage) it doesn't get any better than that?
 
cedarjet
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Wed Sep 08, 1999 9:12 pm

The first two Airport movies (the eponymous one and 1975's sequel) are both excellent, as William very kindly pointed out, the Flying Tigers pilots really made that emergency landing scene special. And Airport 1975 was good too, nearly all the exterior shots were made with air-to-air filming of a specially repainted AA 747. White Nights, there's one I completely forgot about, with a slightly repainted Aer Lingus 747-100 and a very plausible electrical fire, emergency descent and crash landing. I haven't seen it since it came out, but I remember liking it. I'd love to see it again.
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Transtar
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RE: Best Crash Sequence In Movies

Wed Sep 08, 1999 11:21 pm

Thanks for reminding me about the White Nights sequence. It was quite good indeed and was actually a plausible series of events considering the over-Soviet flights that continue. Even the model they used wasn't bad considering it was like 1983.

Even now I don't think I'd want to make an emergency landing at a Siberian airport.

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