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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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A tale of death, and of an evil which transcends death See more »


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9 July 1981 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Aterrorizante Confronto Final  »

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AUD 1,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Four imported actors were originally wanted by the producers to headline this Australian movie. These were Robert Powell), Joseph Cotten, Samantha Eggar and Susan George. The latter two actresses were not cast in the film due to a block by Australian Actor's Equity despite an appeal to the Australian Arbitration Commission. In the end, three non-Australian actors headlined this picture. See more »

Goofs

The pilot is seen switching off the "No Smoking" and "Fasten Seat Belt" signs almost immediately the plane is airborne, yet just a few seconds later it can be seen that the wheels have not been retracted. The signs would have been kept lit until the plane was well into the air, which would be some time after the wheels had been retracted. See more »

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Not as good as the book
2 June 2003 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty cool film, and I have been surprised at how much it has been ignored over the years. Halliwell's Film Guide doesn't list it at all. It's a chilling, atmospheric horror story that plays on the audience's deepest fears about what lies in the dark. That said, the book is still better and alot more unsettling and disturbing. All the James Herbert novels I've read are very graphic and go into a great detail about sex and death, although I wouldn't say they make good bedtime reading.


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