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Flight (I) (2012)

 -  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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Kip
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Tiki Pot (as Charlie E. Schmidt Jr.)
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Camelia Satou
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Fran
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Derek Hogue
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Storyline

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

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2 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

In the earlier movie High Road to China (1983), the character of Patrick O'Malley (Tom Selleck) drinks heavily and flies a plane whilst hungover, even flying it upside-down. These combined story elements are performed by Denzel Washington in this movie, as well. See more »

Goofs

The cockpit is clearly recognized as a MD-80 aircraft, but the PFD (Primary Flight Display) closeup shoots are from a Boeing 737-800. See more »

Quotes

Atlanta ATC: SouthJet 227, Atlanta Centre. Descend and maintain flight level three-zero-zero.
Ken Evans: Descend and maintain flight level three-zero-zero, SouthJet 227.
Whip: Whoa, wha? What is that?
Ken Evans: The elevator feels really stiff, sir!
Whip: Alright, hold course. Margaret, get everybody strapped in, get everybody strapped in tight!
Ken Evans: Full left hard sir!
Whip: Power back! Power back!
Margaret Thomason: Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts now! Fasten your seatbelts securely now!
Ken Evans: I have no control on my side. No control at all sir.
Whip: We've lost our ...
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References Top Gun (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Gimme Shelter
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of ABKCO Music and Records, Inc.
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'Flight' reaches new heights
9 May 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Flight is one of the best films of 2012. Simple as that.

Telling the story of a commerical airline pilot who lands a crashing plane and saving over 90 lives, the film is always in control of our attention. Director Robert Zemeckis shows us what we've been missing while he's been directing nothing but animated films for 12 years. He has this great vibe in the film that is hard to explain, but it's great to look at. The writing is spot on, with some great moments that are only helped by the amazing acting from the cast. Washington gives one of the best performances of 2012, the century and from himself. His portrayal of this drug addicted pilot is nothing short of legendary and it really gets under your skin. Incredible.

Also, John Goodman is always fantastic and here is no different. He really adds that touch of quirkiness to the film that is more than welcome. He's also incredible (as always). Geraghty proves to be a great talent that shows us how a 'normal' person would react if they were co- piloting a plane that's plummeting towards the ground. Kelly Reilly is a big surprise here. I wasn't expecting her role to be that important but she makes it imperitve to the story moving forward. Greenwood is excellent and definitely overlooked in this film (and he's such an underrated actor in general). Finally, Cheadle gives a performance that is definitely pitch perfect (like the rest of the cast).

I think without this acting, the film would definitely fail as a lot of the time, the film does become a character study and thank goodness the actors really make their characters come alive.

So to conclude, Flight has a compelling story that should stay with you for quite a while. The acting is nothing short of exemplary, especially Washington who should hit home with many viewers. The direction and cinematography is excellent and will always give you the best angles. And the soundtrack is very, very good. Giving the film that ominous feeling, loss and just downright sadness that the film portrays. If you enjoy a great story that gets into your head, I recommend this film as strongly as I can.

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