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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)
Michael Sacks ...
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Gary Bayer ...
Martin
Pat Corley ...
Joe Pedowski
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Felix
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Mrs. Harvey
Diane Stilwell ...
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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The first hypersonic flight turns into a terrifying nightmare...in space. [Australia Theatrical] See more »

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27 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Starflight One  »

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Trivia

Said HST has exposed jet engines that would be ripped off in flight thus engines would be housed in main body of plane to be accurate for engineering. See more »

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A second space shuttle appears near the end. It is identified as Columbia and then a number. This implies there are two shuttles with the name Columbia, which is unlikely, even in science fiction. See more »

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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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An Uneven, Unbelievable, By the Numbers Sci Fi Movie
11 April 2010 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Perhaps its the advanced state of sci fi movies nowadays, but STARFLIGHT seemed to be a low-budget sci fi movie that tried but really couldn't land instead of crash. The overly ambitious and likely unreal use of the now infamous shuttle Challenger and the cheap special effects, and the effort to insert more human relational intimacy just didn't sell. This is no APOLLO 13 (1995) by a long shot. The entire movie wasn't either a AIRPORT (1970) production either. This predictable and overworn disaster plot with the outerspace twist just doesn't fly. While the plot, storyline, and dialogue were clear and straightforward, the movie felt unbalanced and forced.


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