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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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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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This movie features several actors who had main roles on long running TV shows: Kiefer Sutherland (24), Michael Gross (Family Ties), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Robert Sean Leonard (House, M.D.), and Bruce McGill (Rizzoli & Isles). Margaret Cho was the star of the short lived All-American Girl, while Kristy Swanson starred in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was turned into a TV series, but she didn't reprise the role for it. See more »

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It takes several months for a seasoned controller to learn the peculiarities of each facility and receive several weeks of on the job training and be recommended by several journeyman controllers before he would be allowed to work any position. 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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Not Bad.
7 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

As an aviation buff I was really excited to see this movie. Although there were a few inaccuracies (such as planes changing models and such), it really wasnt a bad film. I could really identify with the characters and you could really care or hate them. Overall I'd give this movie an 8/10.

PS: To all the people who posted about the "real" crash footage....it was from Delta Flight 191 and it was an L1011 that crashed at Dallas in 85. United 232 was a DC-10 and it crashed in Sioux City Iowa in 1989.


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