Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst ... See full summary »
Theodore Honey is an aeronautical engineer being sent to Labrador from London to examine the wreckage of a new passenger plane designed by his company. His theory is that the planes are susceptible to metal fatigue after a specific amount of time in the air. The absent minded Honey boards the Reindeer class plane and only realizes that this plane is due to fail in the next few hours after the plane is airborne. He decides to warn the crew and creates an incident regardless of whether he is right or wrong. Written by
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At the end of the picture Honey recalculates to take into account the test example being in a 'heated shed' whereas at the beginning of the picture you can see people's breath while they are talking, you don't see that in a 'heated shed'. See more »
The scientist says the plane is going to crash, the captain says it's not. Your vote doesn't count because you have to side with the captain which means it's a tie.
[the propellers slow]
He seems to be saving fuel.
He wouldn't do that without a reason.
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Inspiring, entertaining, and prophetic gem of a film
I first saw "No Highway in the Sky" when I was 11 years old. What has
impressed me about the film is the fact that it shows how the courage of
little known people of the world can accomplish a greater good. Theodore
Honey (Jimmy Stewart's character) is a written-off by his peers, superiors
and the outside world as a strange sad little man. He is a widower, and a
single parent. All he has is his daughter and his work to keep him going.
But he is also single minded in his pursuit of his knowledge and his
He gathers his data, forms his postulate and relentlessly pursues his goal
regardless of the establishments thinking on the matter. When he realizes
that he or people that he has met and starts to care for may be injured or
killed if does not act on his theory, he has the moral fortitude to act to
save their lives and prevent tragedy. Unorthodox, yes. Odds against him?
Yes. Do you admire him? YES!!! Dr. Honey versus British Government and
British Airways is prophetic. (e.g. The British Comet disasters of the
50's happened after this film was made) (Also think about the engineers at
Thiokol battling NASA over the Challenger launch) James Stewart, a pilot
himself, shows us that this courage of facts versus opinion and profit is
the courage that should be encouraged and rewarded.
35+ years later, I am an engineer and I owe a great deal of it to this
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