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What Movie Am I Thinking About?

Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:01 pm

Okay all...

Sorry to bother you guys...but I have searched and searched online....and cannot find the information I want.

Back in the late 80s, early 90s, I recall seeing a made-for-TV movie....

The basis of the movie was a domestic US flight was hijacked. I think it was a DC-10 in the movie. The flight ends up heading to Europe and at some point, the hijackers are overtaken. A debate begins among passengers as the flight heads across the Atlantic regarding what to do.....

The ending scene in the movie is of the passengers all seated in their seats with the hijackers hanged from the ceiling further back in the cabin.

A friend of mine and I are on a marathon Airport/Airplane disaster marathon tonight and were trying to think of as many movies as we can and I remember seeing this movie but cannot recall the title.

Anyone know what movie I am talking about?
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RE: What Movie Am I Thinking About?

Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:44 pm

I remember it was televised in 1985. I think one guy on the plane was a cop going somehwere to testify in a case and he had his 38 service revolver with him. One big black guy ripped up a seatbelt and used the buckle like brass knuckles.

I dont remember the name, but I remember the movie.
 
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RE: What Movie Am I Thinking About?

Sat Sep 29, 2007 10:48 pm

BTW the thing that scares me is how Miami Vice once in 1984 and again in 1986 had episodes about people wanting to shoot down commercial planes with shoulder fired missiles. The 1984 episode starred Bruce Willis as an arms trader and wife beater and the 1986 one was Liam Neeson was a IRA terrorist wanting to shoot down the concord. One scene showed a EA 727 taking off. So nearly 25 years ago, hollywood recognized the risk of missiles i nthe hands of terrorists.
 
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RE: What Movie Am I Thinking About?

Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:15 am

The flight was enroute from Los Angeles to Chicago but after being hijacked, it diverted to Detroit. After a group of WASP's (white anglo-saxon protestant) American terrorists (I guess that wouldn't offend anyone) make their demands known, they take off again, headed for Europe.

Some of the laughably bad scenes include a mother and daughter being positioned by the door at Detroit by a female hijacker, who tells them, "If they try and storm the plane, you two will be the first killed". The other scene occurs while the plane is flying - while the hijackers keep a strict eye on the passengers, one woman (who wants to be a famous photo journalist) manages to hide a camera and take pictures of the hijackers...and none of them see.

Over the Atlantic, the passengers fight back and take control of the plane...and somehow manage to damage only one system on the entire plane - the communications. While the rest of the world thinks the plane is still hijacked, and endless drollery of debate goes on between the passengers as to "should we kill them and take our own justice?" versus "we need to let the justice system take its course!". Finally, one of the passengers who is armed - the dangerously mentally unbalanced one, of course - ends up shooting the tied up hijackers.

A really awful movie - not even laughably bad.

The only thing I can't remember is the name of the movie. I have done several searches, but it's nowhere to be found.
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RE: What Movie Am I Thinking About?

Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:26 am

The original title of the movie is "Hostage Flight"

The German title is "Mord über den Wolken"/"Murder above the clouds"

It´s about "Trans Allied Airlines" flight TA136, a DC-10-30 from ORD to DTW from where it was supposed to continue on to somewhere ...

The flight is hijacked by 4 terrorists (one of which happened to be a blond long-haired female and one of the more brutal ones) shortly after take-off from ORD and ordered to change course to JFK. The passengers and cabin crew only learn of their fate only after landing at JFK.

The flight is made sit on the ground in New York for a while. The hijackers threaten to kill passengers and crew in order to have the aircraft refueled and later take-off without clearance and to surprise, shock and worries of the flight crew demand to be flown to London/Heathrow.

While in the air over the Atlantic Ocean and heading towards Europe a passenger and the lead flight attendant are viciously murdered.

When they try to kill a third person the passengers and crew strike and overpower them.

N702ML pretty detailed recalled the rest and end of the movie:

Quoting N702ML (Thread starter):
A debate begins among passengers as the flight heads across the Atlantic regarding what to do.....

The ending scene in the movie is of the passengers all seated in their seats with the hijackers hanged from the ceiling further back in the cabin.

"Hostage Flight" was a made for TV movie. It´s production year was 1985 and it was directed by Steven Hilliard Stern. I remember that the hijackers in particular the ringleader -who at one point rapes a pretty female passenger- and the blond "lady" in this movie were portrayed as being extremely brutal and not only fighting for their demands to be met but also having quite some fun on torturing and threatening people.

It featured quite a few well-known actors and actresses:

Ned Beatty as the head of the FBI at JFK, Mitchell Ryan plays the captain of the hijacked flight, Jack Gilford, Dee Wallace Stone, René Enriquez, Ina Balin, Frank McRae portray some of the passengers, John Karlen plays the cop who happened to have his revolver with him on the flight. Kristina Wayborn portrays the despicable female hijacker and Loanne Bishop the poor flight attendant who was literally executed.

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RE: What Movie Am I Thinking About?

Sun Sep 30, 2007 12:35 am

I can't find it either, but I did locate some other beauties on IMDB that might warrant watching after you've had about 6 beers.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116532/
and
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0294423/
Or have a look at this page and try some of the other keyword searches maybe you'll get lucky. It is always possible the the movie was made before it was aired on the tube, but I believe everything on IMDB shows the year it was made not the first aired date. If it isn't on IMDB at all that would surprise me.
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RE: What Movie Am I Thinking About?

Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:03 am

here it is:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089301/

Quite ironic: Kristina Wayborn who portrayed one of the hijackers, played the role of a flight attendant in the 1976 movie "Victory at Entebbe" about the real-life hijacking of Air France flight 139.

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RE: What Movie Am I Thinking About?

Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:08 am

The only thing to make that movie worse would be a nonstop Berry Manilow soundtrack!
 
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RE: What Movie Am I Thinking About?

Sun Sep 30, 2007 3:21 am

Quoting SCUMBAG (Reply 7):

And have Britney Spears as your cabin service director.  Big grin
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