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Millennium (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 25 August 1989 (USA)
An NTSB investigator seeking the cause of an airline disaster meets a warrior woman from 1000 years in the future. She replaces the people from airplanes before they crash with corpses with the same features.

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(short story "Air Raid"), (screenplay)
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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Bill Smith
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Louise Baltimore
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Arnold Mayer
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Sherman
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Walters
Brent Carver ...
Coventry
David McIlwraith ...
Tom Stanley
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Roger Keane
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Dr. Brindle
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Vern Rockwell
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Ron Kennedy
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Janz
Raymond O'Neill ...
Harold Davis
Philip Akin ...
Briley
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Leacock
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Bill Smith, chief investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has been assigned to determine whether human error is the cause of an airline crash. He and his team of investigators are very confused by the words on the cockpit voice recorder by the crew relating to the crash. But at the same time, a theoretical physicist named Dr. Arnold Mayer has a real professional curiosity about the crash, which borders on science fiction. While giving a university lecture, he talks about time travel and the possibility of visitors from the future. Smith discovers the involvement of an organization of time travellers from a future Earth irreparably polluted who seek to rejuvenate mankind from those about to perish in the past. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Beyond the boundaries of time... they are waiting for you! See more »


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25 August 1989 (USA)  »

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Millenium  »

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$1,614,692 (USA) (27 August 1989)

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$5,777,099 (USA)
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John Varley originally wrote the short story "Air Raid" in 1977. At the time, it was optioned as a project for FX director Douglas Trumbull, director of Silent Running (1972) and Brainstorm (1983). The plan was to make it a vehicle for Paul Newman and Jane Fonda. Trumbull's production fell through, only for it to be inherited first by Randal Kleiser and then Richard Rush. With all the comings and goings over the years, Varley was able to first turn it into a novel in 1983 and then a screenplay. See more »

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As Louise enters the bar, her hair is flat. When she is shown inside, suddenly, her hair is permed. See more »

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Sherman: Louise, be subtle.
Coventry: Louise is as subtle as a lead pipe.
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Referenced in The Kids in the Hall: Episode #1.20 (1990) See more »

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One of the few real "B-movies" of the '80s--and a good one.
22 October 2003 | by (Illinois, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There seems to be some dispute here as to whether this is a good movie or not, and it all depends on what you expect going into it. If you go see (or rent) a sci-fi movie based on an obscure short story directed by the man who had Bo Derek battling a whale in "Orca" twelve years earlier, you have to expect some campiness. Just sit back and enjoy it. The premise of the story is actually quite good, with a little environmental message slipped in. In execution, the people behind this movie must have known that they did not have the budget for a special effects-laden thrill ride, so they decided to take the stylistic approach of making it with one eyebrow raised, a bittersweet melodrama that happens to have a few plane crashes and laser beams. It's "The Goodbye Girl" with time travel. How else do you explain the smarmy robot's flat line delivery, Cheryl Ladd's hairdo, the flight attendants' costumes? Camp, camp, camp. But at the same time, the "paradox" concept gives the mind something to chew. I think director Michael Anderson knew exactly what he was doing. Had this film been marketed differently, it would have easily recouped its budget. I think it's right up there with 1982's "Q"!


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