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A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.

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Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara
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Angela Thacher
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Jerome K. Weber
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Sgt. Ben Puzo
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Mrs. Clara Shaw
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Gary Brown
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Harriet Stevens
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Sen. Arne Lindner
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John Bimonte
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Ross Elliott ...
Harold Shaw
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Peter Lindner
Mike Henry ...
Sam Allen
Jayson Kane ...
William Reading (as Jayson William Kane)
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A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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This is your captain... we have a skyjacker on board. See more »


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26 August 1972 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Sky Terror  »

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$2,700,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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John Fiedler's voice is obviously dubbed in this film. (Perhaps it was decided in post-production that Fiedler's own characteristic squeaky, high-pitched voice was too off-putting in what was intended to be a suspenseful drama.) See more »

Goofs

After completing its turn following take-off, you can see the jet's flaps are up. But in later shots of cruise flight, they're shown extended (down). This would cause unnecessary drag and increase fuel consumption. The jet should be "trimmed" for high-speed flight. This one clearly isn't. In later shots, while on the approach to Anchorage, the flaps are up again. It's not the way a commercial flight is normally operated. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Bimonte: [Hank is doing his walk-around the aircraft] Hey, Hank! Ready to go.
Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara: Wrong! You got a broken cowling latch here.
John Bimonte: What the hell? I'll get right on it.
Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara: Take all the time you want, John. You got 10 minutes.
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Spoofed in Drive-In (1976) See more »

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Well worth watching
16 October 1998 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when it was released at the theatre in 1972, (I was 12yrs old), under the title "Sky Terror". Being an aviation buff, I was in my glory- This film had everything! Some of the best shots of a Boeing 707 in flight, (Most flight scenes today are computer generated and are extremely phony) and Yvette Mimieux, who has never looked more glamourous, as the first Stewardess. What more could an airline buff want. Charlton Heston reprises "Moses" in the cabin, as only he could. James Brolin is the resident bomb-carrying, psycopathic war vet, who's released on a 4F and wants to hijack everyone to Russia so he can be decorated. Mariette Hartley, is a believable "expectant-mother", who boards the flight as she's about to give birth. (How'd she slip past the gate agent?) Then there's Susan Dey, who was suspect immediately, as a Hippie traveling first class! There's a fairly good story here with the usual soap opera flair. (Mimieux's character has had an affair with the Captain and currently dating the 1st Officer). Geat interior and exterior scenes combined with above average acting and good dialogue, makes this all-star film, worth watching.

I give it a: * * 1/2 rating, they lose half a star for being an almost direct rip-off of "Airport".


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