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Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (1983)

The fictional story of the first "hypersonic" commercial passenger plane, which can make the flight from New York to London in a mere four hours. On the maiden flight of this plane, a minor... See full summary »

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Josh Gilliam
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Erica Hansen
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Q. T. Thornwell
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Nancy Gilliam
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Bowdish (as George Di Cenzo)
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Janet Briggs
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Freddie Barrett
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Laurie Hansen (as Heather Mc Adam)
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Felix
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Mrs. Harvey
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Betty
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The fictional story of the first "hypersonic" commercial passenger plane, which can make the flight from New York to London in a mere four hours. On the maiden flight of this plane, a minor disaster occurs resulting in the plane actually leaving the Earth's atmosphere and orbiting around the globe. A lack of heat-resistant tiling prevents the plane from simply re-entering the atmosphere. With oxygen (and therefore time) running out, the crew of the plane and the crew on the ground must figure out a way to return the plane and its passengers to safety. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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A special plane . . . not built for outer space . . . suddenly it's there! See more »

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27 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Starflight One  »

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This was Jocelyn Brando's final acting role before her death on November 27, 2005 at the age of 86. See more »

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The footage of a rocket referred to as "Delta" is clearly that of the Saturn V moon rocket. See more »

Quotes

Joe Pedowski: You're gonna try to fly this thing back?
Captain Cody Briggs: Joe, did you ever skip a flat rock across a lake and watch it skim and bounce along the surface? I wanna give reentry that kind of shot.
Joe Pedowski: I have skipped a few rocks on a few lakes in my time and I never saw yet one that didn't sink. It's one chance in a million.
Captain Cody Briggs: So was this accident.
Joe Pedowski: I am scared out of my mind being up here inside this plane and you want me to go outside?... laughs nervously... oh no!
Joe Pedowski: rethinks " I'll need a wire stripper and some wire ...
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Silly disaster flick
24 January 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land" is a silly made-for-TV disaster flick that could have been titled "Airport '83: Trapped in Space". While the film is modestly entertaining at times, it's just too preposterous to believe. The plot: a hypersonic jet takes off for Australia and ends up stuck in outer space by accident. Director Jerry Jameson fared better with "Airport '77", and the cast (Lee Majors, Hal Linden, Lauren Hutton, Tess Harper, Ray Milland, etc.) have done better work than this. Not a real bad movie but not a real good one either. This movie originally aired as a three hour movie on TV; the home video version was edited by about 30-40 minutes and retitled "Starflight One".

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