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Pandora's Clock 

Quantum Airlines flight 66 has just taken off from Frankfurt, Germany bound for New York's JFK International Airport with 247 passengers aboard. After take-off, a man infected with a ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
 Capt. James Holland 2 episodes, 1996
 Dr. Roni Sanders 2 episodes, 1996
 Rachel Sherwood 2 episodes, 1996
 Capt. Daniel Robb 2 episodes, 1996
 Mark Hastings 2 episodes, 1996
Tim Grimm ...
 CIA Agent Steve Ellis 2 episodes, 1996
 President 2 episodes, 1996
 Ambassador Lee Lancaster 2 episodes, 1996
 Rev. Garson Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
 Chet Walters 2 episodes, 1996
 Barb Rollins 2 episodes, 1996
 Brenda Hopkins 2 episodes, 1996
 Keith Erickson 2 episodes, 1996
 Lisa Erickson 2 episodes, 1996
 Dr. Zeitner 2 episodes, 1996
Ross Shafer
Byrne Piven
 Don Moses 2 episodes, 1996
Stephen Godwin
 Professor Ernest Helms 2 episodes, 1996
 Dr. Turnheir 2 episodes, 1996
Darryl Scott ...
 Darnell Howard 2 episodes, 1996
Sheila Scott ...
 Elderly Woman 2 episodes, 1996
Mark Schwotzer ...
 Roger Stallings 2 episodes, 1996
Teru McDonald ...
 Amanda Lynch 2 episodes, 1996
Dick Arnold ...
 Dr. Irwin Seward 2 episodes, 1996
Jane Jones ...
 Press Secretary 2 episodes, 1996
Heidi Turner ...
 Michelle Kingery 2 episodes, 1996
Michael David Simms ...
 Col. Nasher 2 episodes, 1996
Ballard McFarlane ...
Peter Lohnes ...
 Reynolds 2 episodes, 1996
Mark Chamberlain ...
De'Andrea Williams ...
 Charlsie 2 episodes, 1996
John J. Nance ...
 Air Force Chief 2 episodes, 1996
Jim French ...
 Army Chief 2 episodes, 1996
Lita Stevens ...
Rainer Rey ...
 Bronchman 2 episodes, 1996
 Controller 2 episodes, 1996
 Dutch Controller 2 episodes, 1996
Frederick Solms ...
 Vanderpool 2 episodes, 1996
Dave Young ...
 Housekeeper 2 episodes, 1996
 Nicolai Sakarov 2 episodes, 1996
Ivars Mikelson ...
John Holyoke ...
Stefan Enriquez ...
 Wilfredo 2 episodes, 1996
 ICN director 2 episodes, 1996
Bill TerKuile ...
 Commander Chandon 2 episodes, 1996
Rick Tutor ...
 General Knight 2 episodes, 1996
Nerissa E. Williams ...
 News Anchor 2 episodes, 1996
William De Young ...
 Secretary of State 2 episodes, 1996
 Sgt. Anders 2 episodes, 1996
Pat Cashman ...
 Dave Telander (TV reporter) 2 episodes, 1996


Quantum Airlines flight 66 has just taken off from Frankfurt, Germany bound for New York's JFK International Airport with 247 passengers aboard. After take-off, a man infected with a Doomsday Virus passes out while a flight attendant and doctor try to save the man. The pilot tries to land the plane but can't because the people on the ground know about the virus. An ambassador and his secretary help the pilot struggle through the government's secret attempt to shoot flight 66 out of the air. And if the plane does land, Doomsday has arrived on earth. Written by Gustaf Molin <gustaf.molin@usa.net>

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and a brief sexual innuendo | See all certifications »




Release Date:

10 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destination inconnue  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The oval office set was built originally for Dave (1993). See more »


When Dr. Sanders and Agent Ellis are speaking with the doctor to get them in to see the President, mountains can be seen in the background. There are no mountains visible from Washington D.C. See more »


CIA Director Jonathan Roth: [Roth's corollary to Newton's law] Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. Bodies at rest tend to be left behind.
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First Rate Suspense Film
25 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Pandora's Clock is among the best thrillers you will ever read and this is one of the best thrillers you will ever see. A highly faithful adaptation of John J. Nance's novel ,which had a frightfully real scenario in the novel,is made even more so here.

Despite being made for TV, this is first rate entertainment. The cast is great and slips into characters from the novel so well that you would think they were reading the novel. Richard Dean Anderson steps way outside the shadow of Macgyver and gives the best performance of his career to date. Jane Leeves is great her role as an ambassador's assistant in a role that proves she can be a fine dramatic actor. Daphne Zuniga is great as Dr. Sanders and despite the character being a man in the book, it works incredibly well. Robert Loggia, Edward Herrmann, Robert Guillaume, and the rest of the supporting cast are top notch and fit their novel counterparts tot he letter.

There are changes to the story of course (including and a slight change in the ending) but those changes are for the better when compared with the novel. The plot is realistic and very see to believe in the way its presented making this the best airplane set movie since the original Airport movie. The production values are high and though the special effects might look as good as they did a decade or so ago, they work fine. Sets are great, especially CIA HQ and the Oval Office showing that the filmmakers spent a lot of time to make this work.

It doesn't matter if you see this first and read then read the novel or vice versa. Just do both and you won't regret losing four hours to this film and however long it takes to read the novel. This will leave you breathless.

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