EWRandMDW
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Best And Worst TV And Movie Aviation Scenes

Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:22 am

There is a post regarding the worst aviation films ever made. I'm now wondering about the best and worst scenes on TV and in film. That is, scenes where aviation is present, but does not take up the whole production.

My nominees are:

Worst -- The opening scenes of Plan 9 From Outer Space, called the worst movie ever made, where the action takes place in the cockpit of an airliner. The "special" effects are very funny -- the control column and switches and dials look so cheap (like painted inner cores of toilet paper rolls) and the dialogue is to die for!

Best -- Coast to Coast in 48 Hours, produced by the Pennsylvania Railroad and Transcontinental and Western Airlines in about 1935. This short film doesn't have any superlative production values but it DOES have many external and internal shots of Ford Tri-motors in scheduled use. The shots of the plane flying over the Grand Canyon and airport arrivals and departures announced using megaphones are simply great! And Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart add to the thrill of early commercial aviation. I don't know of any other flick with similar footage.
 
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RE: Best And Worst TV And Movie Aviation Scenes

Tue Oct 03, 2006 3:21 am

I just can't resist. The best aviation scenes in a non-aviation motion picture have got to be the several airplane scenes in the X-rated classic "The Opening of Misty Beethoven" in which characters are seen either engaging in or requesting certain, ahem, intimate activities. Hilarious.
 
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RE: Best And Worst TV And Movie Aviation Scenes

Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:39 am

... produced by the Pennsylvania Railroad and Transcontinental and Western Airlines ...


I just realized my faux pas .... It was Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT) - Maddux, not TWA. I should start reading the box cover a little more closely.

PacNWjet - pullleeeze, this is a family forum! However, I do recall that flick and a few other of that genre. Ever see "Flight Sensations"? The phrase "coffee, tea, or me" takes on a special meaning!
 
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RE: Best And Worst TV And Movie Aviation Scenes

Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:15 am

Best: A tie between "Airport '75" and "Skyjacked".

Airport '75, despite a "B" list line of celebrities, had some of the most spectacular air-to-air photography I have ever seen. The REAL star of the movie, AA's N9675, had part of the cockpit removed for filming, and actually flew in that condition!

In addition, getting some of the shots of the 747 involved filming from above, below, and on both sides. Always will be my favorite airliner movie...I just forward over some of the dialogue!

"Skyjacked" was a very realistic movie starring Charlton Heston. A World Airways 707 was painted in "Global Airways" (ironic, huh?) and real 707 was used in some extraordinary good air to air shots. Fairly accurate.

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RE: Best And Worst TV And Movie Aviation Scenes

Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:16 pm

A semi-decent action flick, but "Cliffhanger" had a pretty cool scene, where the bad guys ferried themselves and suitcases of cash mid-air from the 727 to the bizjet (until the thought-to-be-dead US Marshall Uzied the bizjet...). From what I understand, it was the (at that time) most expensive stunt ever filmed, so much so that Sly Stallone took a cut from his paycheck to cover it, because he wanted it in the film so bad
It was kinda camp, but I've always thought the biplane scene from "North by Northwest" was cool (until the total cheese shot of the model hitting the Esso truck). We have a poster in our break room with a still shot of the biplane chasing Cary Grant, with the caption "It sucks when you barely miss your plane, but it's Hitchcock when your plane barely misses you"
 
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RE: Best And Worst TV And Movie Aviation Scenes

Fri Oct 06, 2006 12:33 am

The dumbest scene I´ve ever seen is in "Bend it like Beckham". A girl football team does a trip to HAM and they disembark from the parked museum-Boeing 707 reading "Hamburg Airport" on it. Real cheapo movie.
 
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RE: Best And Worst TV And Movie Aviation Scenes

Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:33 am

Quoting HAM" class=quote target=_blank>HAM (Reply 5):
The dumbest scene I´ve ever seen is in "Bend it like Beckham". A girl football team does a trip to HAM and they disembark from the parked museum-Boeing 707 reading "Hamburg Airport" on it. Real cheapo movie.

I thought they were leaving a Hamburg International 737 at HAM, or was that during the boarding shots?
 
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RE: Best And Worst TV And Movie Aviation Scenes

Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:10 am

I always enjoyed the opening to High Anxiety. The opening to the original Airport was also great.

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