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Ground Control (1998)

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

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T.C. Bryant
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Cruise
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Murray
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Curtis
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Shamaal
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Chicago air traffic controller Jack Harris is a wreck with guilt nightmares after a major airplane crash that killed all 174 aboard. He gives up the job and designs air traffic control games in Phoenix. Five years later, his ex-colleague T.C. Bryant, 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. A power outage hits, and the storm has caused their workload to multiply. 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 / DA77

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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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Jack directs a plane to descend and maintain Flight Level six zero zero zero. Flight Levels are only used above 18,000 feet. He should have directed him to "six thousand" instead of using a Flight Level. 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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A great find.
1 March 2003 | by (Newcastle) – See all my reviews

i was bought this film as a gift and was not expecting much from it. After 10 minutes of the film i was hooked. The story line is a little predictable however, its done very well. Keifer Sutherland is at his best and delivers a great performance. It just goes to show that just because a film is not packed with special FX and CGI doesn't mean its not a top notch film.


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