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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Disaster Movie ... ?
17 May 2003 | by (Wash DC) – See all my reviews

I could have look beyond the "special effects" from the 1950's if this movie had a semi-decent plot line, but it did not. Someone in the USSR movie bureau decided to get together a bunch of actors and write a soap ... when the soap idea failed they decided to take the characters, give them uniform, and a earthquake to make a movie.

There are so many inaccuracies in the movie - besides the pathetic disaster sequences, I had a hard time figuring out the time line for the movie and was shocked to see the poor camera work ... I mean, can't they invest in a camera which did not reflect light (last scene.)

Just overall a poor movie. Usually movies with bad effects you can laugh off ... but you couldn't here because the movie just dragged on and on and on ...

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