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Ground Control (1998)

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A disgraced former air traffic controller is called back into service when the airport's traffic control system malfunctions.

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Richard Howard

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Talaat Captan (story), Robert Moreland (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Jack Harris
Bruce McGill ... T.C. Bryant
Kristy Swanson ... Julie Albrecht
Robert Sean Leonard ... Cruise
Kelly McGillis ... Susan Stratton
Margaret Cho ... Amanda
Ruben Paul ... Sam
Charles Fleischer ... Randy
Henry Winkler ... John Quinn
Farrah Forke ... Laura Franklin
Michael Gross ... Murray
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Weather Analyst
Jack Plotnick ... Curtis
Mike Kimmel ... Pudgy
Brian George ... Shamaal
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Storyline

Chicago air traffic controller Jack Harris is a wreck with guilt nightmares after a major airplane crash that killed all 174 aboard. He gives up the job and designs air traffic control games in Phoenix. Five years later, his ex-colleague T.C. Bryant, also transferred to Phoenix, desperately asks him to help out short-term, given desperate staff shortage on New Year's Eve with a bad storm predicted. A power outage hits, and the storm has caused their workload to multiply. Colleagues welcome him in very different states of mind but he quickly proves his capabilities, alas then the fatal memories start creeping up again: will his lack of self-confidence cause another drama? Written by KGF Vissers / DA77

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No Radar. No Contact. No Control.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Tour de contrôle See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie takes place at an airport and featured Farrah Forke, who was on the show Wings, which also takes place in an airport. See more »

Goofs

When the tower controller freaks out in horror that the localizer went down, the technician rushes on foot to a radar dish, finds a big dead bird, removes it, nudges the dish with his shoulder and gets it rotating again. The localizer (aka ILS) is a static array of antennae installed by the threshold of the runway. See more »

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Title Card: On an average day above the United States, over 200,000 aircraft carry more than 2,000,000 people guided by less than 3,000 air traffic controllers.
Title Card: "My biggest fear? When you've done all you can do and you still have to listen as the image disappears from your screen." - Air Traffic Controller, Los Angeles En Route Center
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Not very realistic, but good.
28 February 2004 | by kdryanSee all my reviews

If any airport in the US were this badly maintained, it would be shut down before you could say 'Thrust Reverser'. The number of thing that go wrong here and the jury-rigged way this tower is put together is almost comical.

Having said that, Keifer's acting is rock solid as always. Kelly McGillis is not so bad, and Buffy takes an unusual turn as a nerd. Not anything I would go out of my way to see, but not bad if you come across it on TV either...

Note: The steering by way of using the thrust on the engines was a real life incident. Unfortunately, the results were not quite so good.

BTW, why didn't Fonzie just bang his fist on the computers to fix them? Ayyyy!!!


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