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A Wing and a Prayer (1998)

An air-traffic controller (Claudia Christian) faces the challenge of her career when she is forced to guide a disabled airplane to safety, unaware that her husband is aboard.


Paul Wendkos


Michael Ahnemann (story), Michael Ahnemann (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Christian ... Shelley Lowe
Jeff Yagher ... Jack Lowe
Jessica Tuck ... LaVaughn
Christopher Cousins ... Evan Lansing
Leon Russom ... Vernon Spencer
Jim Metzler ... Will
Judith Scott ... Harriet
Efrain Figueroa ... Ben Ortiz
Christian Bocher ... Burt
Philip Moon ... Beastmaster
Jim Abele ... Blaisdell
Peter Spellos ... Grizzly
Robert Curtis Brown ... Deparle (as Robert Curtis-Brown)
Shawn Pyfrom ... Justin
Cynthia Mace ... Lisa Parmenter


An air-traffic controller (Claudia Christian) faces the challenge of her career when she is forced to guide a disabled airplane to safety, unaware that her husband is aboard.

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22 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Orage sur la tour de contrôle See more »

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Not only does the aircraft appear to be a 747/757/Caravelle on takeoff/during flight/after landing but it would appear to have started out life as a L10-11 at the departure gate before boarding. Quite the versatile machine! See more »


References Airport 1975 (1974) See more »

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This schlock doesn't have a wing or a prayer!
24 April 1999 | by hfordSee all my reviews

Just when you thought it was safe to take to the skies: another awful aircraft movie is churned out. In the tradition of all bad disaster movies (in both senses of the word) this film has no redeeming elements, and provides an excellent case study on what to avoid when attempting character development, suspense or special effects. The foremost failing of the flying flop is its assumption that the viewer cares about the central characters. The only reason we may feel sorrow for these people is for their lack of acting talent. In scenes in which the female lead is 'crying' no tears appear in her eyes, let alone the viewer's. The rest of her time is spent cold-heartedly bossing around air traffic controllers while various planes almost collide with each other. Meanwhile, her 'husband' (you can almost feel the lack of chemistry between the two) mirrors his wife by barking orders at an inept pilot and co-pilot--who seemingly know nothing about emergency procedures--and spends the rest of his time nervously flailing his limbs and running his fingers through his hair as though on a prolonged caffeine high. After the plane defies physics by sliding around the airport on landing (obviously achieved by an undercranked camera, as vehicles in the background of the shot show), a suitably awful line is delivered to end the film. A survivor (of course, you also qualify as a survivor if you've sat through the length of the film) suggests, on how to return home: "How about we take a really slow boat". A more suspenseful two hours could be spent watching paint dry.

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