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Flightplan (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Mystery  |  23 September 2005 (USA)
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A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet, the child vanishes, and nobody will admit she was ever on the plane.


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The husband of aviation engineer Kyle Pratt has just died in Berlin. Now she is flying back to New York with his coffin and their six-year-old daughter Julia. Three hours into the flight Kyle awakens to find that Julia is gone! It's a big double-decker plane, so very concerned mother has a lot of territory to cover in order to find her daughter. But as Kyle fights to discern the truth, she takes matters into her own hands. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

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Rated PG-13 for violence and some intense plot material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,629,938 (USA) (23 September 2005)


$89,706,988 (USA) (3 March 2006)

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Jodie Foster's role was originally written for Sean Penn. The original character's name of "Kyle" was even kept. Coincedently, Penn's role in The Game (1997) was originally intended for Jodie Foster. See more »


When Stephanie is handed the flashlight to check avionics, the lamp is above her hand. In the next shot, it is below her hand. See more »


[first lines]
Mortuary Director: [in German, subtitled] Would you like a moment of privacy before the casket is sealed?
Kyle: [hesitantly] Okay.
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Panic Room at 40,000 feet
25 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) has just lost her husband in a tragic accident in Berlin. So, now she and her six-year-old daughter, Julia are flying his body to New York for burial. The plane is an interesting aspect of the movie. It's a two-story state-of-the-art 474 aircraft, which she designed. Kyle doesn't get to give Julia the tour, because when she awakes from sleep, she isn't sitting next to her anymore. In a panic, Kyle goes to every passenger and flight attendant asking if they have seen her daughter. All of them say the same thing: "Your daughter wasn't with you when you got on board." After that, everyone becomes a suspect. Of course, what would you do if your daughter had come up missing like that? She notifies the captain (played by Sean Bean of the Lord of the Rings trilogy) and he has the flight attendants perform a search. A somewhat friendly air marshal (played splendidly by Peter Sarsgaard of "Garden State") offers to help Kyle with the search. For some reason, Julia doesn't show up on the plane's manifest and her boarding pass is gone. Everyone around her thinks she is just losing her mind from grief of the loss of her husband. "Flightplan" is a first-rate movie. It's like "Panic Room" at 40,000 feet. It's a very taut psychology thriller. The suspense comes as often as bouts of turbulence. It will have you on the edge of your seat until its dramatic conclusion. And don't forget the movie's star, Jodie Foster. She shows why she has won two Oscars. She really pulls off the role of a grieving mother. Her emotion is so real her eyes are bloodshot throughout the entire movie. Jodie rocks! She'll punch, kick, or knock anyone out who gets in the way of the search of her child. Don't be fooled "Flightplan" and "Red Eye" are not this year's "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact." They are entirely different movies with different plots. Don't let anyone tell you differently.

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