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Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  1 April 1984 (USA)
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Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac is a true story based on the crash of Air Florida flight 90 on January 13, 1982 in Washington D.C. This movie follows the main players throughout the day,... See full summary »

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Patricia 'Nikki' Felch
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Burt Hamilton
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Joe Stiley
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Roger Olian
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Arland Williams
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Marilyn Nichols
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Jose Tirado
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Barbara Hamilton
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Lenny Skutnik
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Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac is a true story based on the crash of Air Florida flight 90 on January 13, 1982 in Washington D.C. This movie follows the main players throughout the day, with a lot of care taken to re-create what actually went wrong, who died, and who survived. There is a lot of actual footage from the day, as well as accurate representations of aircraft type and airline. Written by Trent Nickson <callisto@zip.com.au>

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THE TAKEOFF In a blinding snowstorm. THE CRASH On a bridge stalled with traffic. THE RESCUE That came too late. [Video] See more »

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Incorporated original television footage of the survivors as they clung to wreckage and chunks of ice in the freezing water of the Potomac. See more »

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Some close-up shots of the parked Boeing 737 in Miami show its registration as being N81AF. The real registration of the aircraft was N62AF, accurately depicted in the flight deck. See more »

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Marilyn Nichols: [referring to Priscilla's baby] How old is he?
Priscilla Tirado: Nine weeks.
Marilyn Nichols: He's beautiful! Give me a call if you need anything.
Jose Tirado: Okay.
Priscilla Tirado: Thanks.
Jose Tirado: [after Marilyn leaves] Nice person.
Priscilla Tirado: I bet she's pregnant. Or hope she is.
Jose Tirado: And how do you know that?
Priscilla Tirado: Just do. When you've been a mother as long as I have, you just know these things!
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Documentary Style and the Eagerness to make the Movie Hurt the Impact of the Story
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I remembered the crash vividly and how there were only five survivors. I also remember this movie very well. The cast was pictured sitting around, looking very serious, holding life preservers and flotation rings. There was no scene of the crash, we see a man in a car looking up at the unseen plane, then the screen goes black and we hear the crash; fade to commercial. Comes back and we see people running to the bridge and the edge of the river.

Before the crash, we are handed the stories of Jamie Rose, Richard Backus, Richard Masur, Donelly Rhodes, Barry Corbin, Stephen Macht and Dinah Manoff. The only survivor we are not told about is Kelly Duncan, played by Kathleen Wilhote. This crash was the one that began pointing out the survivors came from the end of the plane, and all we see of Kelly Duncan is that she is seated in the very rear of the plane. The makers of this film were too eager to tell this story, something that, thanks to the Amy Fisher movies, we have hopefully seen the last of. Because of this, the part of rescuer Lenny Skutnik was reduced to an absolute minimum with no emphasis whatsoever. Skutnik felt the movie was exploitive of the survivors, among them, Prisilla Tirado, played by Dinah Manoff, whom he had rescued. Therefore the part of Richard Masur came into prominence. An outstanding moment is when relations are trying to find out if their loved ones have survived. We see Ken Olin, who knows his fiancée cannot have lived. The nurse asks who he is waiting for. He tells her 'Nikki'. She replies the female survivors are Kelly and Prisilla and Pat.

He leaps to his feet and says she goes by the name Pat. From there, we venture to Corbin's survival and learn that Pat Finch, played by Jeannetta Arnette would walk down the aisle at her wedding one year later. Except for the Skutnik problem, this could have been an enlightening movie.


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