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Panic in the Skies! (1996)

The cockpit of a Boeing 747 is struck by lightning during takeoff for a flight to Europe, fatally injuring the flight crew. Laurie, the senior flight attendant, enlists the aid of passenger... See full summary »

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Laurie Ann Pickett
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Brett Young
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Ethan Walker
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Flight Attendant
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F.A. Matt Eisenhauer
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Charles Buckman (as Howard G.H. Dell)
Robert Maloney
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F.A. Charlene Davis
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Tukey, Walker's Assistant
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Darryl (as Mike Buie)
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
Derek Green (as Ken Camroux)
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Donna Preston
Marc Baur ...
Ed Handler
Brett Stone ...
Lydia Chambers
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The cockpit of a Boeing 747 is struck by lightning during takeoff for a flight to Europe, fatally injuring the flight crew. Laurie, the senior flight attendant, enlists the aid of passenger Brett Young. They determine that the autopilot can bring the plane in for a landing, but soon learn that the autopilot is locking onto the transponders of airfields at random, including signals from small airports with runways too short to accommodate the jumbo jet. Meanwhile, federal officials on the ground who have lost radio contact with the jet debate whether the plane should be shot down to prevent a more disastrous crash in a heavily populated area. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Terror at 35,000 Feet, and Falling. See more »

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13 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Alerte en plein vol  »

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Flight Management System computers on commercial aircraft don't run under Microsoft Windows 95. See more »

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Ethan Walker: You get me back in the habit of saying please and thank you, and I'll buy you a cat.
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Referenced in Ma vie en l'air (2005) See more »

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Not-too-bad
24 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The title really says it all, and this film never shakes off its TV style, with your typical bad acting and over the top performances in some places, but Kate Jackson is pretty convincing in her role as an air stewardess, although sometimes you may think that if she just calls Charlie and asks for his help, she'll become Sabrina Duncan all over again!

There have been countless TV movies/dramas detailing the effects of air disasters and so on, and I think to myself why the time and effort was wasted in making yet another one. In a nutshell, this really does not make viewers who are rather timid of flying (like myself) feel any better, and for those who are not frightened of air travel, watching something like Panic In The Skies will not be something they would want to remember.

Nevertheless, Panic In The Skies does contain heart-stopping moments mixed with the usual sympathetic and emotional aspects of people fearing for their lives, and perhaps this is what makes it a little more interesting for the viewer who would actually want to see the film to the end and find out what happens, even if we can guess beforehand! 6/10


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