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Recommended Aviation Movies

Sun Feb 22, 2004 11:45 am

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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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:50 pm

All the Airport movies. Some are better than others but they are all classics.
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Sun Feb 22, 2004 11:22 pm

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

Mon Feb 23, 2004 12:35 am

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
 
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Mon Feb 23, 2004 2:56 am

Airplane and Pushing Tin def get my votes.
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Mon Feb 23, 2004 3:16 am

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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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Mon Feb 23, 2004 6:07 am

"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).
 
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Mon Feb 23, 2004 7:07 am

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!
 
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Mon Feb 23, 2004 7:10 am

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

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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Mon Feb 23, 2004 7:23 am

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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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Mon Feb 23, 2004 11:59 pm

With an ATC twist, "Pushing Tin".
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 1:35 am

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
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 1:44 am

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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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 1:46 am

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!!
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 1:50 am

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)


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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 1:51 am

"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!
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 1:53 am

Thanks TriStarEnvy. Love the handle!!!  Big thumbs up
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 1:55 am

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..
 
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 7:22 am

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



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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 8:14 am

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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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 8:27 am

Passenger 57 was quiet a good movie.

Also, Random Hearts is airliner related too.
 
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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 3:02 pm

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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RE: Recommended Aviation Movies

Tue Feb 24, 2004 10:07 pm

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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