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The Doomsday Flight (1966)

A bomb on board an airliner has an altitude-sensitive trigger. Unless a ransom is paid, it will explode when the plane descends to land.

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A bomb is planted on board an airplane, with an altitude-sensitive trigger. It will explode when the plane descends through the altitude of 5,000 feet, unless the ransom demanded is paid. Written by Anonymous

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A madman, a bomb, and a crowded jetliner - in a skyful of drama and suspense!

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13 December 1966 (USA)  »

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Rod Serling's the Doomsday Flight  »

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This early made-for-TV movie only received one NBC network airing as opposed to the usual two. The network shied away as it was thought that it was too detailed and could serve as a textbook for airplane terrorism. See more »

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Special Agent Frank Thompson: [to the man who planted the bomb] Mister, you picked a lousy time to die!
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Referenced in Call Me Mr. Brown (1990) See more »

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A rather familiar sort of film....though not quite so familiar when it debuted.
24 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Back in 1966, "The Doomsday Flight" wasn't quite as familiar and tired a genre film as it would seem today. The "Airport" films were all made a few years later, though a few air disaster flicks had preceded it as well, such as "The High and the Mighty" and "Zero Hour!" in the 1950s. This take on the air disaster films is a bit different because it was made for television and it was written by Rod Sering. The overall effort is about as good as the better air disaster pics...and a lot better than the really bad ones (like "Airport 75").

A cross country flight has many of the usual caricatures aboard. A maniac (Edmund O'Brien) calls the airport to tell them that he's put a bomb aboard the plane after it's taken off. He informs them that the bomb will automatically activate itself when the plane drops below 4000 feet! There is then a mad scramble to try to find out where the bomb is and provide the creep his ransom money if they cannot find and disarm it. The agent in charge of all this is played by Jack Lord but Gregg Morris and Ed Asner are also on hand to handle the case.

The best thing about this film is probably the maniac. Edmund O'Brien is very malevolent and seems to delight on toying with everyone. It also becomes apparent that even if they pay him, he might just let the plane explode anyway!! A very tense and well made film with many aspects which were used in the parody film, "Airplane II". Worth seeing but familiar.


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