Story of the lives of three Soviet pilots who are united by disaster in a small town in the mountains.


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Credited cast:
Andrei Vasilyevich Timchenko, komandir avialaynera
Anatoliy Vasilev ...
Valentin Georgiyevich Nenarokov, vtoroy pilot
Leonid Filatov ...
Igor Skvortsov, bortinzhener
Aleksandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae ...
Tamara, stuardessa (as Aleksandra Yakovleva)
Irina Akulova ...
Alevtina, zhena Nenarokova'
Yekaterina Vasilyeva ...
Anyuta, zhenaTimchenko
Komaki Kurihara ...
Kumiku Marimitsu
Yuriy Gorobets ...
Aleksandr Pavlov ...
Galina Gladkova ...
Natasha, doch Timchenko
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Agafonov
Vadim Aleksandrov ...
Passazhir, chitayushchiy molitvu
Larisa Barabanova ...
Boltlivaya passazhirka
Leonid Chubarov ...
Passazhir v plede
Guranda Gabunia ...
Passazhirka-gruzinka (as G. Gabuniya)


This movie is about a crew of a passenger plane and consists of two parts. The first part tells about personal lives of the characters, their successes and failures, relationships inside their families and between each others. The second part has them land the plane in the airport of a city called Bidri, which was damaged by an earthquake. They try to fly people to safety, but just as they land, another earthquake hits, and now the chances of a successful takeoff are slim... Written by Boris Shafir <>

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12 May 1980 (Soviet Union)  »

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This was the first Soviet movie to have a bedroom scene with nude actors. See more »


One of the flight crew members successfully climbs in and out of the S-duct of the flying trijet to reattach the tail to the fuselage. See more »


Remade as Flight Crew (2016) See more »

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Better Than I Thought It Would Be
4 January 2003 | by (Central Oregon) – See all my reviews

I rented the DVD for this movie because I remembered reading about it when I was a kid. With this film, the Soviet Union attempted to "cash in" on the success of western disaster films like "Earthquake" and "The Towering Inferno." I rented the movie because I thought it might be interesting from an historical standpoint.

The film was about 20 minutes longer than it needed to be, and it suffers from too much set-up -- nothing disasterous happens until over an hour into the picture. But the carnage does eventually start, and those scenes are pretty good, especially the ones set at the airport located in a canyon. The effects crew did a remarkable job with what appeared to be meager resources.

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