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The Pilot (1980)

PG | | Action, Drama | July 1981 (USA)
Mike Hagan is a pilot in passenger service and candidate for the honor "Best Pilot of the Year". Nobody knows that he's got private sorrows - he's an alcoholic. A stewardess notices his regular visits of the toilet and reports it.

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Mike Hagan
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Pat Simpson
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Jim Cochran
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Doctor O'Brian
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Randolph Evers
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Joe Barnes
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Larry Zanoff
Jennifer Houlton ...
Cricket
Kitty Sullivan ...
Nancy
Leigh Cort ...
Jean Hagan
Bob Willis ...
Ken Howland
Hope Pomerance ...
Sandy Campbell
Ted Janus ...
1st Mechanic
Paul Stewart ...
2nd Mechanic
Bob Kozloski ...
1st Engineer
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Our Pilot, Mike Hagan is a great pilot, careful, thoughtful and uses his knowledge of flying to see trouble and avoid it. But his biggest trouble is he is an alcoholic. Unlike the movie "Flight", Mike realizes his problem and is determined to "save himself". But you can't hide for ever and he seeks help from a fellow pilot. The other pilot's program works, but once an alcoholic, always one except he doesn't drink. Everything comes to a head, (no pun intended) for Mike as he now must face the reality of his job, The Pilot! Written by Bob Howard

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Your life is in his hands...and you don't know a damn thing about him! See more »

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Action | Drama

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July 1981 (USA)  »

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Danger in the Skies  »

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This is the last film project for Gordon MacRae. See more »

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You have to know the man
27 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I met Cliff Robertson and his wife, Dina, in Florida in the 1980's. We spent some time together, dining, and talked on many subjects. I learned he had spent countless hours learning about alcoholism by talking to doctors, visiting clinics and hospitals. Lengthy discussions with men and women with the problem also allowed him to BE the roll. His demeanor and laid back style in real life was depicted in the movie, whenever he would talk to his daughter. He played the part of a man with a serious problem better than anyone could have. Each time I view the movie, I don't dwell on the man's problem, I focus on the real man facing life and a problem that faces so many. Nobody else could have pulled it off. Cliff was, and is, brilliant.


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