ABC Weekend Specials: Season 4, Episode 4

Mayday! Mayday! (24 Jan. 1981)

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Mayday! Mayday! is the distress call given by pilot Lou Parker just before the small plane carrying Lou and his family is forced to make a crash landing in the high Sierras. With Lou ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Mark Parker
Allison Parker
Don Fenwick ...
Lou Parker
Janice Parker
Walt Thompson
Christopher S. Nelson ...
Jeff Kaplan
Curtis George
Kurt Grayson ...
Nina Shipman ...
Patrick Pankhurst ...


Mayday! Mayday! is the distress call given by pilot Lou Parker just before the small plane carrying Lou and his family is forced to make a crash landing in the high Sierras. With Lou trapped in the wreckage and his wife, Janice immobilized by a broken leg, young Allison and Mark Parker set out alone to find help. Unknown to the children or the airborne searchers, back at the crash site their injured mother is waging a desperate battle against a stream of fuel flowing from the wreckage toward her signal fire. The prospects of rescue become increasingly dim as Allison and Mark struggle to elude a pack of wild dogs and encounter a rattlesnake ready to strike. Written by Anonymous

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Good for it's time
16 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This action adventure tells of two kids who must find help for their parents who crashed their plane in the high Sierras. That's the standard description I got off the internet. I haven't seen this movie in a long time, but from what I remember, the parents are on a plane with their 2 kids and I think either the dad was the pilot and had a heart attack or their pilot had a heart attack. Whatever, they crash and its up to the brother and sister to hike out and get the family saved. The parents can't help because they're injured. The mom's leg is broken and she can barely move. The kids start hiking out and after many dangerous-type misadventures, they get back to the plane with rescuers just as the gas from the plane is about to hit the fire and the mom, instead of moving or even just sticking her leg in the path of the gas to divert it is screaming and throwing little bits of dirt at the gas and trying to dig a trench, but the gas just keeps heading to the fire and the kids/rescuers have to save her.

I know that sounds stupid, but it's really more camp and it was good for the early 80's. I actually remember enjoying it, but I was a pre-teen then, too. :)

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