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A plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor, the pilot walks out of the wreckage. He doesn't remember the explosion or the crash, but 300 passengers & crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hobbs
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Priest
Angela Punch McGregor ...
Beth (as Angela Punch-McGregor)
Peter Sumner ...
Tewson
Lorna Lesley ...
Susan
Ralph Cotterill ...
Slater
Adrian Wright ...
Goodwin
Tyler Coppin ...
Boy
Kirk Alexander ...
Dr. Martindale
Jon Nicholls ...
Jackson
Roger Cardwell ...
Flight Engineer
Jenufa Scott-Roberts ...
Stewardess
John Edmund ...
Goswell
Denzil Howson ...
Rogan
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Storyline

Keller is an experienced pilot whose plane crashes in a field near a town. He ends up being the sole survivor, but he's unable to remember what happened that caused the plane to crash. He also can't explain how come he's the only one who survived without even a scratch while everyone else on board died. A local female psychic, Hobbs, who's been having visions ever since the night of the crash, and Keller's own sense of survivor's guilt convince Keller that he needs to get to the bottom of things. Meanwhile, some of the children killed in the crash begin appearing to some of the locals and an eerie series of strange deaths occurs. Keller and Hobbs approach the local priest, who seem to be the only one in town who believes in Keller's innocence and Hobbs disturbing visions.

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Pilot Error...Or Supernatural Terror? Only One Man Can Tell! See more »


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9 July 1981 (Australia)  »

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Aterrorizante Confronto Final  »

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AUD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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Three foreign actors, Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, and Joseph Cotten, were imported to Australia to headline this Australian film. See more »

Goofs

During the takeoff roll, the first officer calls "Vee-one", then "Vee-two", then "rotate". V2 is the climb-out speed with an engine failure, and is never less than the rotate speed, so would not be achieved until the aircraft is airborne. See more »

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The paranormal comes to town!
3 June 2002 | by (Longmont, Colorado) – See all my reviews

For some reason this film never won the affection of either its peers or the viewing audience at the time. It played to half empty theaters, barely covered its production cost and was unceremoniously tossed out of everyone's subconscious. Yet its not even a bad film, I would venture to suggest a most interesting study of the paranormal and well directed by former BLOW UP star David Hemmings.

Robert Powell is Captain Keller who's 747 suffers a bomb explosion just before take-off and 300 odd passengers are incinerated as the plane explodes in flames. A short time later Keller is found wandering from the burning wreckage unharmed and quite unable to fathom how he has survived. The mystery deepens when a rapidly convened investigation concludes that there is no possible way ANYONE could have survived the explosion and heat blast, wherever they were in the plane.

As Keller embarks on his fateful odyssey, he and the audience are taken down lanes that both THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE may have trodden..and this was almost a generation earlier!

The viewer needs to suspend belief and take things for what he sees (or thinks he sees) A really intelligent Aussie flick that you will get as much out of as you are prepared to put in. Always good to see Joseph Cotton and Jenny Agutter!


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