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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

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Capt. Bob Pearson
Scott Hylands ...
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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Storyline

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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After leaving Montreal, the real flight made a stop in Ottawa. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Bloopers from the Sky
21 September 1999 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

This movie is a docudrama based on an actual event, so there's little excuse for criticizing the storyline, particularly since the acting was decent. However, the directing and casting were less than perfect.

For starters, the event takes place on a Canadian airliner on it's way to Winnipeg. The principle Winnipeg air traffic controller is Al Williams, played by Nicholas Turturro who is from Queens, New York. Nick as the presumably Canadian air traffic controller didn't leave his thick New York accent back home when he went to Winnipeg to speak his lines, and the director apparently did not believe native English-speaking viewers would notice it.

Among commercial airline pilots, the captain is typically considerably older than the first officer (co-pilot), and normally noticeably so. However, on this particular version of Flight 174, the first officer looked older than the captain, and the actors IMDb bios show only a three-year age difference between them.

Towards the latter part of the story, the pilots start preparing for an emergency landing near Winnipeg. However, in every cockpit scene during that segment, the view of the outside terrain from the cockpit windows is always the same as if the plane was in suspended celestial animation.

But again, maybe the director thought we wouldn't notice.


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