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Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:25 am

So…..The High and the Mighty is number one in my book followed closely by No Highway in the Sky and Fate is the Hunter. I would love to hear what you think.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:05 am

Airplane, Then some of the Airport Movies.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:21 am

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 1):
Airplane

  

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 1):
Then some of the Airport Movies.
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For me, it's "The High and the Mighty" . First, it's a true story. Second, it stars "The Duke". Third, the soundtrack is infamous. Fourth, it happened the day I was born.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:34 am

I would have to say "Airplane". But in terms of the most realistic air disaster sequence, I have to say the emergency descent and crash landing of the "British Orient" 747 at the beginning of the "Midnight Sun" movie.
 
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:04 pm

Quoting atlturbine (Thread starter):
The High and the Mighty

It's been quite a while since I saw that one in its entirety.

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 1):
Airplane, Then some of the Airport Movies.

In terms of pure airplane disaster (drama) films, I wouldn't necessarily lump Airplane and even Airplane 2 in the same category.

Those films were parodies of disaster films.

I would agree with you on the Airport films; I only saw the first 3 (the original, '75 & '77).

Two other films IMHO worth mentioning are Air Force One and Executive Decision.

BTW, there's quite a few listed in the below-thread (which is still active) from the Travel Polls & Preferences Section:

https://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...s/aviation_polls/read.main/192225/

[Edited 2010-06-02 07:16:02]
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:36 pm

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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 3:49 pm

I would choose Fearless because I think (I'm guessing, of course) it conveys an authentic depiction of how out of control a plane crash would feel even if the special effects were less than ambitious. The plane crash itself is loosely modeled after the United Airlines Sioux City crash involving a loss of hydraulics.

Most of the story is focused on the aftermath of a plane crash, so it's not really a movie about an airplane in trouble, per se. But there are several flashbacks and some of them are devastating.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:40 pm

If anyone says "Snakes on a Plane", I'm going to smack them...

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 4):
Two other films IMHO worth mentioning are Air Force One and Executive Decision.

I did enjoy these.

Quoting kevinl1011 (Reply 2):
"The High and the Mighty" .

Also a good one.

Quoting atlturbine (Thread starter):
No Highway in the Sky

We watched parts of this movie in my Engineering Materials class. The movie went on to accurately predict the effects of fatigue on the Comet Jetliners.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:54 pm

"Snakes on a Plane"

  

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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:12 pm

Airport 77.

Close second would be Airport 1975.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:18 pm

Not sure if it counts, but I really enjoyed the FedEx scenes in "Cast Away". And I really admire FedEx for allowing the use of their company in the film. I especially loved the shot toward the end of their ramp, when the MD-11 taxis past from left to right.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:28 pm

Airport
Airport 1975
Airport 77
Airport 80: The Concorde

 
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:51 pm

"Alive" of course.

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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:17 pm

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 11):
Airport 80: The Concorde

Not to nitpick, but the actual title of the film was The Concorde: Airport '79.

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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:48 pm

"Executibe Decision" is my favourite, it's classic Hollywood with all the cliches, the tension and drama really does get to you when you first watch it. Not sure if a F-117 can hook up with a 747 in mid-flight in real life though.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:14 pm

I find Airport and Airport 75 most enjoyable, largely because it's very difficult to watch them without thinking of Airplane.

I mean, can any of you say - hand on heart - that you could watch that scene with the young girl awaiting the heart transplant in Airport '75 - and not think of the equivalent scene in Airplane!
 
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:26 pm

Airplane did not age well.
I thought it was hillarious when I was like 7 years old when it first came out. I watch it today and it just seems really stupid.

The first Airport movie puts me to sleep every time I watch it. For some reason, it's a favorite with movie and airplane buffs.
I really like the more disaster oriented Airport 1975 and 1977.
The Concrode is over the top and I can appreciate that movie a lot, even thought the movie seems to be all over the palce.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:17 pm

I think I still own Airport 77 on VHS...

That was a good one, I thought.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:21 pm

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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:57 pm

Alive!

The 1970's version called Survive out side the US.

The 1990's remake was nowhere as good.
 
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:28 am

I like Stephen King's "The Langoliers"

"Snakes on a Plane" was a disaster.
 
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Thu Jun 03, 2010 4:33 am

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 20):
"Snakes on a Plane" was a disaster.

To this day I don´t get WTF was Samuel L. Jackson thinking when he got the role. Must have needed the money badly.
 
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Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:39 am

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 17):
I think I still own Airport 77 on VHS...

  

That movie sparked my interest in aviation.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:55 am

I like the first Airport movie. Never forget George Kennedy as Joe Petroni gettin' that 707 unstuck!
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:02 pm

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 23):
Never forget George Kennedy as Joe Petroni

George Kennedy really shines in The Concorde: Airport '79.

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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:02 pm

My favorite is Airport '75. No other airport film shows as much actual, live footage of the aircraft in such beautiful scenery! The filming on the 747 flying is just breathtaking! There are cheesy moments in that movie, but I still have the VHS tape from when I was a kid in the 1980's. I'd fly my BA 747 Wooster model my grandparents brought me from their flight along with it as I watched it.

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Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:06 pm

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 25):
My favorite is Airport '75. No other airport film shows as much actual, live footage of the aircraft in such beautiful scenery! The filming on the 747 flying is just breathtaking! There are cheesy moments in that movie, but I still have the VHS tape from when I was a kid in the 1980's.

  

That was a flawless movie.
I like the drunk guys getting on the plane and Ponch (Eric Estrada) as the flight engineer.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Thu Jun 03, 2010 3:31 pm

I don't remember the title of the movie but it was about a new airliner that flew out in to space due to a malfunction of some kind, they had to send the shuttle up in order to "fly" back down to Earth under the plane in order to protect it upon reentry.....
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:23 pm

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 13):
Not to nitpick, but the actual title of the film was The Concorde: Airport '79.

... and not to prove you wrong, but in the UK, Australia, Japan and many other countries, it was Airport '80: The Concorde.

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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:36 pm

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 28):
Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 13):
Not to nitpick, but the actual title of the film was The Concorde: Airport '79.

... and not to prove you wrong, but in the UK, Australia, Japan and many other countries, it was Airport '80: The Concorde.

Granted, the below-exerpt is from Wiki; in this particular case, it's probably true and we're both right.

The Concorde ... Airport '79 is a 1979 American disaster film (in the UK, it was released a year later as Airport '80: The Concorde).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Concorde_..._Airport_%2779

I guess marketing was trying to capitalize the overseas release of the film with the beginning of a then-new decade.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Fri Jun 04, 2010 6:18 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 24):
"They don't call it the cockpit for nothin' honey. "

What a classic line!   

Looks like I'm going to have to hit up Amazon and pick these up!
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:27 am

Best.

Airplane Disaster.

Flick.

EVER.

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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:48 am

The original Airport.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:11 am

Quoting tbar220 (Reply 8):
"Die Hard 2: Die Harder"



A very good film, and certainly one of my favourites.

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 14):
"Executibe Decision" is my favourite, it's classic Hollywood with all the cliches, the tension and drama really does get to you when you first watch it. Not sure if a F-117 can hook up with a 747 in mid-flight in real life though.

Executive decision is the best aviation movie ever as far as I'm concerned. David Suchet plays his role magnificently, the shots of the real, in-flight B747 are fantastic and that hook-up scene is also pretty amazing. Like you say, however, not sure if it can really be done.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Fri Jun 04, 2010 8:37 am

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 30):
Looks like I'm going to have to hit up Amazon and pick these up!

Buy the Airport terminal package.
It's a 2 DVD set of the 4 Airport movies.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:15 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 34):
Buy the Airport terminal package.
It's a 2 DVD set of the 4 Airport movies.

On it's way!

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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:46 pm

Quoting fridgmus (Reply 35):
On it's way!

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Not it's; ขอบคุณ  

or

Khap khun khop.
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Sat Jun 05, 2010 6:27 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 36):
Not it's; ขอบคุณ  

or

Khap khun khop.

Oh, Picky, Picky, Picky.   
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:47 pm

Airport, the original.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:16 pm

Quoting atlturbine (Thread starter):
The High and the Mighty

I was going to quote this movie like the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons, but i will not.
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Sun Jun 06, 2010 3:50 pm

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 4):
Executive Decision

This is a really good movie, and in my top 3 (matter of fact, I am watching it right now on AMC) followed closely by Air Force 1
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RE: Airplane Disaster Films, What Is Your Favorite?

Sun Jun 06, 2010 8:07 pm

Quoting AR385 (Reply 21):
To this day I don´t get WTF was Samuel L. Jackson thinking when he got the role. Must have needed the money badly.

IIRC he was pitched the title 'Snakes on a Plane', and immediately accepted the role on the sole condition that the title wasn't changed.

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