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Freefall: Flight 174 (1995)

Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 (original title)
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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After leaving Montreal, the real flight made a stop in Ottawa. See more »


The aircraft cabin is obviously not that of a Boeing 767, with its 2-3-2 seating arrangement in economy class. It looks as though an existing set representing a 747 (3-4-3) was used. See more »


Larry Roberts: [over the PA] Uh, would the cabin crew please report to the forward galley?
Phil Lyons: [raising his glass] Here's to accurate dental records.
Bob Rand: [stopping flight attendant Florence on her way to the front] Hey! What the hell is going on?
Florence Bisaillon: Uh, routine, Sir. Just routine for us to meet on long flights, to check the liquor inventory...
Bob Rand: Don't give me that bull. I'm a paying customer. I pay your damn wages. Now, what's going on?
Florence Bisaillon: If you *must* swear, could you keep your voice down?
[keeps walking]
Bob Rand: Hey! Hey! Hey!
Phil Lyons: I knew...
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Great cockpit scenes; too much soap
23 October 2002 | by (Easley, S.C.) – See all my reviews

This was a very watchable film with lots of authentic cockpit time. I've spent lots of hours in jet cockpits and this was more realistic than most. Some criticisms : 1) The Captain (William Devane) and his first officer seemed a little weak on aircraft systems. Sure, this was a new Boeing 767, but most crewmembers I knew had a deep knowledge of every system on the plane, including fuel. There is no flight engineer... the pilots have to know it! 2)This LARGE abandoned airfield just outside Winnipeg was not on ANY chart and NO ONE knew where it was?? I found this hard to believe. 3)The ending didn't cover anything about culpability in this incident. What happened to the numbskulls who mis-fueled the plane in the first scenes? Were they fired or sued? None of them had a clue! And isn't it the Captain's responsibility for taking off with sufficient fuel? I felt they glossed over all the "legal" stuff. Devane was convincing... lots of great one-liners. Great flick.

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