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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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Did You Know?


Robert Zemeckis' first live-action movie since Cast Away (2000) which also featured a plane crash. See more »


Whip says: "Dad was a pilot, he was 332nd Airborne, he was Tuskegee..." The word "Airborne" should have been "Fighter Group." See more »


Hugh Lang: I'm trying to save your life!
Whip: What life?
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Referenced in 2 Broke Girls: And Just Plane Magic (2013) See more »


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One of the best movies made in the last 10 years.
23 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Denzel gives a performance that was truly Oscar worthy and solidifies him as one of Hollywood greatest actors. It is another performance that has you wishing for another ending no matter how many times you watch it, and as one that owns the Blu-ray of Flight I have watched it several times so I know.

The story is brought to life by great performances and terrific chemistry. The supporting cast brings their "A" game as well. Even in the "low" points in the movie you don't want to miss a second because of the brilliant portrayals of these broken people trying to find their way through the tragic events that are their lives.

It is an interesting character story about people trying to rebuild and find redemption after coming to the realization that they are broken. Hollywood should make more movies like this!

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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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