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

TV Movie  -   -  Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  27 February 1983 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Captain Cody Briggs
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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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Joe Pedowski
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Felix
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Mrs. Harvey
Diane Stilwell ...
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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 it's passengers to safety. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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passenger | oxygen | nasa | disaster | orbit | See more »

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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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The movie is loosely based on the novel "Orbit" by Thomas H. Block, from 1982. In the novel, a hypersonic plane on a cruise from New York to Sydney excesses its cruise altitude due to sabotage by a revenge-seeking company engineer. See more »

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In many scenes, including the escape through the tunnel, there is visible evidence of gravity being present, while the spacecraft is in a zero gravity environment. See more »

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Last Hurrah For The 70s Disaster Genre
30 March 2001 | by (Morristown, NJ) – See all my reviews

This might have been made in 1983 but it carries the smell of a leftover of the 70s disaster film genre and their many TV knockoffs (director Jerry Jameson being responsible among other things for "Airport 77") with the long litany of big names in the cast and cliche filled subplots. Indeed, "Starflight" is really just a reworking of the 1977 TV-movie "SST: Disaster In The Sky" when you get down to it only this time we have the silly wrinkle of a hypersonic plane getting forced into orbit somehow by accident. There then follows the hilarious implausibility of a single space shuttle that is somehow able to be launched at a moment's notice, then land and relaunch within a couple hours (it actually takes days to get a shuttle hooked up to a new external tank and rocket boosters and then get rolled out to the launch pad). And then get a load of this: Pilot Lee Majors is insistent that the entire crew stay aboard to the end, stewardesses included, but oops, when it comes to the stewardess that he's shacking up with (Lauren Hutton) he makes darn certain that she alone among the crew gets a privileged pass off the ship before the moment of danger comes in re-entry! Guess the moral of the story is if you want to avoid the danger of possible death, make certain you're sleeping around with the people in authority.

And by the way "Goulash" from Bombay, if you're a real person who really loved this movie that much, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.....


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