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Freefall: Flight 174 (1995)
"Falling from the Sky: Flight 174" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  20 February 1995 (USA)
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True story of a brand-new Canadian airliner running out of fuel in-flight and forced to glide to the nearest airfield.

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Capt. Bob Pearson
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Maurice Quintal
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Lynn Brown
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Larry Roberts
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Pearl Dion
Gloria Carlin ...
Meg
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Florence Bisaillon
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Al Williams
Winston Rekert ...
Rick Dion
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Beth Pearson
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Phil Lyons
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Bob Rand (as Philip Hayes)
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Frank Farr
Sheelah Megill ...
Mrs. Hebert
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Len Daniels
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It's the summer of 1982. Canada World Airways' brand-new Boeing 767 leaves Montreal bound for Edmonton. When the plane reaches its cruise altitude, the impossible happens: the plane runs out of fuel, due to a miscalculation by the ground staff in Montreal. Captain Bob Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal face a potentially deadly disaster in this true story, as the 767, with about 60 souls on board, slowly falls from the sky. Written by Sergio Ortega

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Trivia

Based fairly closely on an actual incident on July 23, 1983, nicknamed the "Gimli Glider". The actual error made in fueling was in converting the fuel volume to weight; this is necessary because the density varies with temperature. The crew used the familiar density number in pounds per litre rather than the correct one for kilograms per litre. See more »

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Since the former Gimli air base was still in use by small planes, detailed information about it should have been (and was, in the actual event - see trivia entry) available at the Winnipeg airport. See more »

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[small talk between the first officer and a flight attendant]
Maurice Quintal: How's things in the cabin? Busy?
Florence Bisaillon: [chuckles] It's less than half-full! But I prefer when it's so busy. Then, I can't stop. Time goes by faster.
Maurice Quintal: Well, you wouldn't get to enjoy the flight, eh?
Florence Bisaillon: That's fine by me. I hate flying.
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Smacks of 1970s Disaster movie stuff.
25 December 2009 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I saw a dramatised 1 hour documentary of this accident on the Canadian Air Crash Invetsigations series "Mayday". The dramatised bits and interviews with passengers did a much better job of conveying what really happened than this movie does.

Instead of focusing on what really happened this film opts to go for 1970s disaster movie approach with casting, acting, set design, music and the invitable padding out with irrelevant sub-plots. The only thing that is missing is here Charton Heston but I guess he was too old by 1995 to pass as an airline Captain! Much of the dialogue between the crew in this movie is invented and they simply don't cut it as professional airmen. There is too much sighing and emotion, and too little professionalism. Most of the time they don't look like they are sitting a real cockpit, but a large wooden room in a studio.

Many of the events are exaggerated for sensational effect, and some events invented. This would be alright but it's poorly done and it just cheapens the movie. As do the invented dramatisations with passengers and crew.

I supposed it's a watchable film in is own right...I mean, I did watch it!


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