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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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Q. T. Thornwell
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Bowdish (as George Di Cenzo)
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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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The first hypersonic flight turns into a terrifying nightmare...in space. [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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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 casket Josh is using is described as being hermetically sealed, yet while he is getting situated, the casket is plainly a non-sealing gasket, which is evidenced by the lack of a gasket between the body and the lid. In addition, when he is shining his flashlight around the interior, he is not shining his light at the space between the lid and the body, yet Cody reports there are no light leaks. See more »

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Good TV Movie version of an Airport film
25 March 2003 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

The earlier reviewer who said that Starflight (or as my video copy is titled, Starflight One) should have been called Airport '83 hit the nail on the head. This is very much an Airport style disaster movie, albeit one with pretty decent effects (for a TV movie from 1983!) and a very original storyline. Its not great by any stretch of the imagination, but I found it to be a diverting way to spend 2 hours, and that is all I asked from it. I liked Lee Majors, and Hal Linden, but the rest of the cast was lacking. Dykstra's effects are very good for the most part, and I really enjoyed his model work and motion control shots -- very nice especially considering they were crafted for the small screen. If you like Airport and its sequels (as I do), then this hard to find TV movie is worth checking out.


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