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Flight (I) (2012)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  2 November 2012 (USA)
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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father on Plane (as Adam Ciesielski)
Ken Evans
Conor O'Neill ...
Tiki Pot (as Charlie E. Schmidt Jr.)
Will Sherrod ...
Camelia Satou
Derek Hogue
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Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there's a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he was intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems... Written by Immanuel Ambhara

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vuelo  »

Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,900,566 (USA) (2 November 2012)


$93,749,203 (USA) (8 February 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Charlie Anderson: Remember, if they ask you anything about your drinking, it's totally acceptable to say "I don't recall".
Whip: Hey, don't tell me how to lie about my drinking, okay? I know how to lie about my drinking. I've been lying about my drinking my whole life.
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What's Going On
Written by Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland (as Alfred Cleveland) & Marvin Gaye
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not knowing who to root for equals quick disinterest
31 May 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I love Denzel Washington. I don't mind that he grits his teeth, steels his gaze and does that funny tongue in cheek thing. If that's his toolkit, it's a good one and playing a flight captain fits straight into it. But this is not his finest hour.

This film starts out looking like a gritty moral dilemma, an heroic story with a twist. It ends up leaving you feel drained of interest, with only a dull anger replacing suspense, concern or hope.

One or two funny and unexpected twists, but ultimately succumbs to Hollywood treatment, leaving a sense that the Director didn't get to say what he wanted.

It draggggggs for a good 70%of this film.

Goodman, not Washington, carries this film, but is used far too sparingly and feels like he's walked in accidentally from the neighbouring studio.

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The main problem with this movie Brandon_Marlo
Nerdy detail complaint - it is very clear what type of airplane this is. mjl1966
In the real world, the crash would have been Whip's fault hish747
The Mini Bar - Realism robfabrams
Flying Inverted? Why? tonynworah
His Alcoholism probably caused him to successfully land the plane lisasetser0409
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