Bernie LaPlante is having a rough time. He's divorced, his ex-wife hates him, and has custody of their son. The cops are setting a trap for him, then to top it all, he loses a shoe while rescuing passengers of a plane crash. Being a thief who is down on his luck, he takes advantage of the rescue, but then someone else claims credit for it. Written by
To create the volatile aftermath of the plane crash, the film company transported a retired 25-year-old Boeing 727 from an aircraft graveyard in Northern California to the Lake Piru area, north of Los Angeles. Here aircraft engineering specialists reassembled the 25-ton, 160-foot plane and lowered it onto an unused bridge over the Piru River bed. On this location, in an arduous week of complex night shooting, Bernie LaPlante (Dustin Hoffman) carries out his improvised rescue of injured reporter Gale Gayley (Geena Davis), pinned in the wreckage and 53 other desperate passengers amid fire, rain and smoke, punctuated by increasingly large explosions. Claustrophobic, smoke-filled interiors of the plane during and after the crash were filmed in another born-again 727 airplane on a soundstage at Sony Pictures Studios. Pre-crash interior scenes were shot in a pristine airliner mock-up set at Universal Studios. See more »
In one exterior shot of the plane the firefighters are seen fighting a fire at the open doorway, yet in the next (interior) shot there is no fire coming from there. See more »
With a cast of the best actors of our time and one of the great ironic scripts, second to none in adventure story line, this film is relentlessly powerful. Hoffman, Garcia and Davis misunderstand and misrepresent each other to a fine tease in a magnificent display of the highs and lows of being human in America in the late twentieth century.
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