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Ground Control (1998)

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A disgraced former air traffic controller is called back into service when the airport's traffic control system malfunctions.

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Chicago air controller Jack Harris is a wreck with guilt nightmares after a major Transair crash, killing all 174 aboard, gives up the job and designs air control software instead. Five years later, his ex-colleague T.C. Bryant, meanwhile also transferred to Phoenix, desperately asks him to help out short-term, given desperate staff shortage on New Year's Eve with a bad storm predicted, after a power cut hits, which is actually the sabotage work of technical whiz John Quinn, who has meanwhile messed up the systems on several airports, so they see their workload multiplied. Colleagues welcome him in very different states of mind but he quickly proves his capabilities, alas then the fatal memories start creeping up again: will his lack of self-confidence cause another drama? Written by KGF Vissers

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No Radar. No Contact. No Control.


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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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26 August 1998 (Italy)  »

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Flug 177 - Panik im Tower  »

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During the second approach of Transgulf 47, Harris instructs the captain to switch to runway 18. At Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, there has never been a runway 18. At the time the movie depicts, there were only two parallel east-west runways. Runways 26 right and 26 left, and runways 8 right and 8 left. See more »

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Title Card: On an average day above the United States, over 200,000 aircraft carry more than 2,000,000 people guided by less than 3,000 air traffic controllers.
Title Card: "My biggest fear? When you've done all you can do and you still have to listen as the image disappears from your screen." - Air Traffic Controller, Los Angeles En Route Center
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Mostly tolerable, in an odd way...
29 April 1999 | by (San Jose, California, USA) – See all my reviews

"Ground Control" tells the story of Jack Harris, a former air-traffic controller who quit after a "situation" with a flight he was handling. Jack is pressed into service as an ATC again during a staffing crisis at the control center. Needless to say, Jack has brief "flashbacks" at work. Also needless to say, he steps in to "save the day" during an extraordinary problem at the control center. Predictable? Heavens, yes. Oddly enjoyable? Yeah, sure...keep your expectations low, though...


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