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Decision Against Time (1957)

The Man in the Sky (original title)
The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

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John Mitchell
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Mary Mitchell
Jeremy Bodkin ...
Nicholas Mitchell
Gerard Lohan ...
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Conway
John Stratton ...
Peter Hook
Eddie Byrne ...
Ashmore
Victor Maddern ...
Joe Biggs
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Keith
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Crabtree
Catherine Lacey ...
Mary's Mother
Megs Jenkins ...
Mrs. Snowden
Ernest Clark ...
Maine
Raymond Francis ...
Jenkins
Russell Waters ...
Sim
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The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company of Wolverhampton, Mitchell is to take the company's new rocket-propulsion transport plane up for tests, fully loaded and carrying two important passengers - Ministry official Crabtree and buyer's representative Ashmore. Mitchell learns from his boss, Reg Conway, that if Ashmore does not recommend the plane, the company will be out of business and Mitchell out of a job, since the plane is not even insured as the firm's entire capital is tied up in the plane. Aloft, an engine catches fire and the passengers and other crew bail out, but Mitchell refuses to obey orders to jettison the plane in the Irish Sea. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Dare-devil test pilot takes you on a nerve-tingling adventure! See more »

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12 July 1957 (USA)  »

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The aircraft featured was a TYPE 170 Mark 11A G-AIFV designed and produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. Although the actual scenes were filmed at Wolverhampton, practice was carried out at Lydd Ferryfield in Kent (now London Ashford Airport). Filming was not without problems and on 15 May 1956 the aircraft overshot the runway, causing quite extensive damage to the nose and wing sections. Following repairs the aircraft returned to operations with Silver City Airways before being scrapped in May 1962. See more »

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Mitchell puts the plane into a dive to attempt to blow out the entire fire. Two shots show the aircraft lying downwards, but the clouds in the background are also angled down, showing that this was simply filmed at an angle. See more »

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Referenced in The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones (1988) See more »

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The story-line is simplicity itself
2 July 2001 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Nothing could be more straightforward than this story-line : a pilot - alone in the aircraft - is unable to land it. Yet the director and cast not only build up the suspense, but they also present to the audience, through the opinions of those on the ground, conflicting interpretations of what is going on in the pilot's mind. The result is that the simple story-line is seen to contain moral dilemmas which have no simple solution.


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