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Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 (1993)

Jay is ordered to fly Cessna flight 30771 from the States to Sydney, with stopovers at Honolulu, Pago Pago and Norfolk Island. He's joined by Frank, who flies another Cessna. Frank crashes ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gordon Vette
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Jay Parkins
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Ellen
Alan Fletcher ...
Frank
Mike Bishop ...
First Officer Mann (as Michael Bishop)
Kit Taylor ...
Capt. Warren Banks
Suzie MacKenzie ...
Vanessa Cross (as Suzie Mackenzie)
Steven Tandy ...
Operations Officer Hudson
Robert Benedetti ...
Harry Hanson
Sarah Kemp ...
Hillary Vette
Ingrid McKillop ...
Teacher
Peter Kent ...
Enthusiastic Man
Sean Sturgess ...
Nervous Man
Eddy Sentosa ...
Doctor
Lafe Charlton ...
David
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Jay is ordered to fly Cessna flight 30771 from the States to Sydney, with stopovers at Honolulu, Pago Pago and Norfolk Island. He's joined by Frank, who flies another Cessna. Frank crashes while taking off at Pago Pago, so Jay has to find Norfolk Island on his own. He gets lost and almost runs out of fuel. He contacts Gordon Vette by accident, the pilot of the ANZ 308, a plane with 88 passengers on board. He and his crew are the only ones who can save Jay. But to save him, they first have to find him... Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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13 December 1993 (USA)  »

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Küldetés: A 771-es járat megmentése  »

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The movie was inspired by a real-life event which occurred on December 21 1978, and which involved Air New Zealand flight 103 (and not 308) on a DC-10 (and not a 767). The airliner captain's name (Gordon Vette) was preserved, but Jay's last name was changed from Prochnow to Parkins. Most other names were changed for the movie. See more »

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Air New Zealand plane is a 737 when it leaves Fiji, but a 767 thereafter. See more »

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[Vanessa Cross, the chief flight attendant, enters the flight deck]
Gordon Vette: Ah, the new cabin boss! Have you guys met? This is Ross Mann, first officer, soon-to-be captain. Captain Warren Banks, relief pilot...
Capt. Warren Banks: Welcome.
Gordon Vette: Vanessa Cross.
[Vanessa and Ross look at each other, and then she hands a paper printout to Gordon]
Gordon Vette: You got the passenger list ready.
Vanessa Cross: We've only 88 for the return flight. Plenty of room.
First Officer Mann: And maybe we can pop in for a drink at Sydney on the way...
Gordon Vette: Ross, soon-to-be captains don't hit on ...
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Surprisingly Suspenseful True Story
12 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you fly or have ever flown as a passenger out over an ocean and experienced its vastness, or if you've ever been lost in the middle of nowhere without a map, at night and running out of gas, then you'll totally relate to this movie about the rescue of a solo Cessna pilot lost over the ocean between Pogo Pogo and Auckland, New Zealand. I found it suspenseful and engrossing in spite of thinking I knew how it'd end. The leads are well acted by Scott Bakula & Robert Loggia despite both of them being strapped to their pilot seats for most of the movie. I found myself on the edge of my seat at times. There characters form an interesting father-son type relationship exclusively from their conversations over the radio. I found their conversations the most interesting part of the movie. And at the end I was totally blown away to discover that this was a true story!


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