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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Gilliam
Erica Hansen
Q. T. Thornwell
Nancy Gilliam
Bowdish (as George Di Cenzo)
Janet Briggs
Freddie Barrett
Laurie Hansen (as Heather Mc Adam)
Michael Sacks ...
Gary Bayer ...
Pat Corley ...
Joe Pedowski
Mrs. Harvey
Diane Stilwell ...


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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Release Date:

27 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Starflight One  »

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1.33 : 1
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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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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]
Joe Pedowski: oh no!
Joe Pedowski: I'll need a wire stripper and some wire nuts... and ...
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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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