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Freefall: Flight 174 (1995)

Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 20 February 1995
True story of a brand-new Canadian airliner running out of fuel in-flight and forced to glide to the nearest airfield.

Director:

Jorge Montesi

Writers:

William Hoffer (book), Marilyn Hoffer (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Devane ... Capt. Bob Pearson
Scott Hylands ... Maurice Quintal
Shelley Hack ... Lynn Brown
Kevin McNulty ... Larry Roberts
Gwynyth Walsh ... Pearl Dion
Gloria Carlin Gloria Carlin ... Meg
Suzy Joachim ... Florence Bisaillon
Nicholas Turturro ... Al Williams
Winston Rekert Winston Rekert ... Rick Dion
Mariette Hartley ... Beth Pearson
Philip Granger ... Phil Lyons
Philip Maurice Hayes ... Bob Rand (as Philip Hayes)
David Lewis ... Frank Farr
Sheelah Megill Sheelah Megill ... Mrs. Hebert
John Novak ... Len Daniels
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Storyline

It's the summer of 1983. Canada World Airways' brand-new Boeing 767 leaves Montreal bound for Edmonton. When the plane reaches its cruise altitude, the impossible happens: the plane runs out of fuel, due to a miscalculation by the ground staff in Montreal. Captain Bob Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal face a potentially deadly disaster in this true story, as the 767, with about 60 souls on board, slowly falls from the sky. Written by Sergio Ortega

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freefall: Flight 174 See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based fairly closely on an actual incident on July 23, 1983, nicknamed the "Gimli Glider". The actual error made in fueling was in converting the fuel volume to weight; this is necessary because the density varies with temperature. The crew used the familiar density number in pounds per litre rather than the correct one for kilograms per litre. See more »

Goofs

When the aircraft is shown taking off, it is a 737-200, as the engines are long and thin, whereas a 767 has wider engines See more »

Quotes

Maurice Quintal: It's the first time in my life I'd rather be on the ground than in the air.
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Riveting TV action movie
11 October 2000 | by Monika-5See all my reviews

What an adventure. Based on a true story. If you don't like to fly, though, I wouldn't recommend you watching it! I agree with the reviewer below, you feel like you're part of the action. The acting is all good, especially William Devane as the brave pilot. I also enjoyed Shelley Hack as a stewardess, who has the best line: she snarks to a rude passenger, "Sir, shut your stupid mouth!"


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