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Max Q (1998)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 19 November 1998
A shuttle is launched into space to release a new satellite. When an explosion occurs the crew has to think of a way to get back to Earth without atmospheric pressure (max q) crushing the damaged shuttle.

Director:

Michael Shapiro

Writers:

Marty Kaplan (teleplay), Robert J. Avrech (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Campbell ... Clay Jarvis (as Bill Campbell)
Paget Brewster ... Rena Winter
Ned Vaughn ... Scott Hines
Geoffrey Blake ... Jonah Randall
Tasha Smith ... Karen Daniels
Denis Arndt ... Don Mitchum
Christopher John Fields ... Elliot Henschel
Kevin McNulty ... Oz Gilbert (as Kevin Mcnulty)
Leslie Horan ... Melissa Hines
Chris Ellis ... Bob Matthews
Greg Michaels ... Rusty Porter
Peter Bryant ... John Daniels
Tracy New Tracy New ... Pierson
BJ Harrison ... Emily (as B.J. Harrison)
Neil Denis Neil Denis ... Michael Daniels
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Storyline

A shuttle is launched into space to release a new satellite. When an explosion occurs the crew has to think of a way to get back to Earth without atmospheric pressure (max q) crushing the damaged shuttle.

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Taglines:

The Ultimate Test of Courage

Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Max Q: Emergency Landing See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Max Q is indeed the point of maximum dynamic pressure on a vehicle during launch. It's also the name of the rock band whose members are all astronauts. See more »

Goofs

A character refers to DC-10 pilots shifting fuel to steer their crippled airliner, and duplicates the maneuver in the space shuttle. In the incident to which he refers, United Airlines Flight 232, the pilots steered by shifting engine power, not by shifting fuel. See more »

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Things that were or weren't
29 September 2004 | by Tai FangSee all my reviews

Though advertised as a 'film' (i.e. theater movie) in the TV guide, IMDb confirmed the obvious signs of a TV movie. Things I thought were cheap: the use of the solo e.guitar to emphasize heroism (this effect is so cheap that refer to it as 'the p*rn guitar') and a man's choir to emphasize determination, or something. The wobbly camera in the a-drift (but stable) spaceship. I don't mean the shots done by the astronaut, those looked believable by its light-weight camera jerkyness. Things that needed a little imagination: The blowtorch, not only to imagine where the oxygen came from, but also how a soldering device can cut through metal (and give off sparks doing so). And why astronauts shift their weight from one leg to the other, moving around in a shuttle in orbit. Things that could have been worse: The animation of the tolling spacecraft, and how the crew experienced and handled it. The dialog - a lot of it sounded quite natural. There's no obligatory heat or animosity in discussions, no improbable loads of wit. Some cheesy stuff like the grinning bum in the end, or the surprise of the motorists on the improvised runway. Good for a chuckle though. Containing a lot of standard ingredients, but also showing skill (camera, lighting... no artwork however). Errors (out of laziness, time pressure?) and fair accuracy.


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