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Jet Storm (1959)

| Thriller | 1961 (USA)
Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, threatening ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Tilley
Capt. Bardow
Mrs. Satterly
Bernard Braden ...
Otis Randolf
Angelica Como
Barbara Kelly ...
Edwina Randolph
Dr. Bergstein
Pam Leyton
Binky Meadows
Inez Barrington
Emma Morgan
Carol Tilley
Marty Wilde ...
Billy Forrester
Paul Carpenter ...
George Towers


Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, threatening to blow up himself and everyone on board as an act of vengeance. What follows is an Airport-type movie with all the passengers having their own little subplots and fears. Written by Dimitri

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Why Do You Want To Kill Me? The crisis of fear is faced by THIS BOY and his fellow passengers...Panicked by a demented man's desire for revenge!







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The Aircraft on which this film is set is a Tupolev Tu-104. This was a Soviet (Russian) made passenger jet, codenamed 'Camel' by NATO. In the film, the airline the passengers fly on is a British one running a London-New York service. However it does seem highly unusual that they are operating this service with a Soviet-made Jet aircraft, especially since this film was made during the height of the Cold War. In the film when the Jet takes off, its Aeroflot markings and Soviet flag are easily visible. The Tu-104 was only operated by the USSR and other Communist-affiliated countries, and the aircraft would not have been able to run a full passenger London-New York service without a stop over (as occurs in the movie). Why the producers chose this Aircraft and not the British-made Comet 4 or Boeing 707 (both aircraft had the range to cross the Atlantic) is a mystery. See more »


Jet Storm
(Theme Music)
Music by Marty Wilde
Lyrics by Cy Endfield
Verse Music by Thomas Rajna
Sung by Marty Wilde
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28 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You know you're in trouble right at the start when the credits roll up the screen and when the title appears Marty Wilde starts warbling "Jet Stream" rather than "Jet Storm". A breakdown in communication between songwriter and producer? Nope. The lyrics were written by Cy Endfield who is, of course, the same as C. Raker Endfield, the director. Presumably the title of the movie was changed at the last minute (maybe TWA objected, they were still flying their piston engined Lockheed Starliners across the Atlantic and hopefully promoting them as "Jetstreams" in competition with Pan Am's and BOAC's real jets). Others have described the cast as "all star" which is pushing the definition a bit. Many of them achieved some fame in future years, but not necessarily as film stars (as opposed to character actors). The economics of this airline are questionable as there are only 32 passengers on board and the seat pitch seems to be about 5 feet. The passengers are the usual stereotypes and none generate any sympathy with the audience so we don't particularly care what happens to them. Stanley Baker's turn as the Captain is so wooden that he might have been replaced with a plank. The decision to use stock footage of the Soviet Tupolev Tu-104 is bizarre, particularly as the feeble model bears only a cursory resemblance. Presumably they didn't use the Boeing 707 or DH Comet as at the time only two airlines were using them transatlantic and they did not want the association with potential disaster. To add to the confusion the scenes of the passengers boarding shows them embarking on a BEA Vickers Viscount, the registration of which is clearly visible on the fin. The most laughable aspect of the whole thing, of course, is the bomb attached to the underside of the wing by "suction pads". Wow, they must have been incredible to survive a 500mph jetstream......, which is where we came in.

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