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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »



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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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Did You Know?


Denzel Washington's first Oscar-nominated role in over 10 years. His last Oscar-nominated role was for Training Day (2001). See more »


When Whip is in the bar and orders and orange juice and a double Stoli, the bartender only serves him a single. The standard US shot is 1.5oz (47ml) and takes three seconds to pour with a standard shot pour, which is exactly how long it took the bartender to pour. It's also evident that there is only a single shot in the glass. See more »


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22 February 2013 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Washington plays Whip Whitaker, an alcoholic and coke sniffing airline pilot who, due to his exceptional piloting skills, manages to land a crashing plane in a field with minimal casualties.

Apart from the very captivating first 20 minutes, the movie is as much a disaster as the plane crash itself. With a horrible, no-where-to-go screenplay, the film mostly succeeds in annoying the viewer by dishing out a more than solid premise and opening, only to nose dive into a harrowing mess of cheap love interest subplots and a general turn of events that at no point makes any sense.

Goodman seemed to struggle while playing the generic role he's been doing for the last 35 years, which was nothing short of depressing. Thankfully the acting chops and screen presence of Washington, as those of the rest of cast, went some distance towards forgiving this embarrassing casting flub.

The movie does contain a couple of memorable scenes (not excluding the opening one that could have been directed by Snoop Dog) but since the sound editing is so outrageously botched and the subplots so thoroughly cliché and derivative, the film as a whole can hardly be taken seriously.


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seriously? they sent him to jail for saving people's lives? otakutommychan
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