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Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (1983)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 27 February 1983
On the maiden flight of the first hypersonic commercial plane which can make the flight from New York City to London in four hours, a minor disaster occurs resulting in the plane actually ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Robert Malcolm Young (screenplay by), Peter R. Brooke (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Majors ... Captain Cody Briggs
Hal Linden ... Josh Gilliam
Lauren Hutton ... Erica Hansen
Ray Milland ... Q. T. Thornwell
Gail Strickland ... Nancy Gilliam
George DiCenzo ... Bowdish (as George Di Cenzo)
Tess Harper ... Janet Briggs
Terry Kiser ... Freddie Barrett
Heather McAdam ... Laurie Hansen (as Heather Mc Adam)
Michael Sacks ... Pete
Gary Bayer Gary Bayer ... Martin
Pat Corley ... Joe Pedowski
Robert Webber ... Felix
Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Harvey
Diane Stilwell Diane Stilwell ... Betty
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Storyline

On the maiden flight of the first hypersonic commercial plane which can make the flight from New York City to London in four hours, a minor disaster occurs resulting in the plane actually leaving the Earth's atmosphere and orbiting around the globe. A lack of heat-resistant tiling prevents the plane from simply re-entering the atmosphere. With oxygen (and therefore time) running out, the crew of the plane and the crew on the ground must figure out a way to return the plane and its passengers to safety. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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The first hypersonic flight turns into a terrifying nightmare...in space. [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Starflight One See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Released theatrically in the UK and several other countries by Orion Pictures. See more »

Goofs

The handset on the passenger telephone has a port for a cord at the bottom, yet there is no cord between it and the cradle. See more »

Quotes

Joe Pedowski: You're gonna try to fly this thing back?
Captain Cody Briggs: Joe, did you ever skip a flat rock across a lake and watch it skim and bounce along the surface? I wanna give reentry that kind of shot.
Joe Pedowski: I have skipped a few rocks on a few lakes in my time and I never saw yet one that didn't sink. It's one chance in a million.
Captain Cody Briggs: So was this accident.
Joe Pedowski: I am scared out of my mind being up here inside this plane and you want me to go outside?
[laughs nervously]
Joe Pedowski: oh no!
[pause]
Joe Pedowski: I'll need a wire stripper and some wire nuts... and ...
[...]
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I didn't know enough to laugh.
25 July 2013 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

When I saw this premier on TV I had high hopes that Dykstra would unleash his miniature wizardry on a made for TV movie. I mean, afterall, Star Wars? Star Trek? Battlestar Galactica SFX credits? We all had high hopes. Then the movie aired.

Well, to be honest, I don't recall much other than thinking that this was an extension of the Airport Franchise, only the first Airport film at least had some dramatic teeth in it. The subsequent sequels, even one with George Kennedy at the controls of a Concorde, seemed to get ever moreso dreary. Well, Starflight is no different, but, some, and I do emphasize SOME of the FX are decent enough.

The truth of the matter is that as per a previous reviewer, kids were savvy enough to know that planes couldn't reach suborbital velocities with the technology as it was explained. Heck, I think even reasonably educated adults probably had a few "huh" moments going for them as the drama unfolded.

The shooting style, the acting, the cast, the music, even launching the space shuttle, I could give all of that a pass, even seeing Lee Majors in this thing. But, when they put in the "one thing" that would save them, that's when I finally changed the channel. I think this film aired once more that same year late at night, or the following year during the summer, but, to the best of my knowledge, it never saw the light of day again.

If you're bored, need some airborne disaster action on your TV or computer monitor, then maybe give this thing a single viewing, but don't say I didn't warn you.


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