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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Bob Pearson
Scott Hylands ...
Maurice Quintal
Lynn Brown
Larry Roberts
Pearl Dion
Gloria Carlin ...
Florence Bisaillon
Al Williams
Winston Rekert ...
Rick Dion
Beth Pearson
Phil Lyons
Bob Rand (as Philip Hayes)
Frank Farr
Sheelah Megill ...
Mrs. Hebert
Len Daniels


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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20 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Freefall: Flight 174  »

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The real names of three key individuals - Bob Pearson, Maurice Quintal, and Rick Dion - and their families were retained for the movie, but the names of other people as well as the airline and the flight number were changed. It was really Air Canada flight 143. See more »


Prior to the breakdown of flight 174, the altimeter in the cockpit reads 21,960 feet. The next shot shows the ATC radar screen, with the altitude of flight 174 reading 33,500 feet. See more »


[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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7 June 2007 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a good movie for made-for-TV. A true story about Canada World Airways' Boeing 767 that runs out of fuel, due to a miscalculation by the ground staff in Montreal. The Captain Bob Pearson (William Devane) and First Officer Maurice Quintal (Scott Hylands) must think of something fast before the plane and its 60 passengers fall from the sky.

The acting is great, as each main character's live stories are depicted in the movie, as his/her own personal issues are worsened by the plane's untimely misfortune. The movie is fast pace, leaving little room for mundane scenes and plot lines that drag. We see a movie where people turn from despair to hope as they struggle to find their will to help each other to survive as their plane comes falling. Again, a great TV movie that is worth your time watching.

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