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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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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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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

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

British actress Kelly Reilly landed the role of Nicole after Robert Zemeckis's casting director, Victoria Burrows, had seen an impressive audition tape submitted by Reilly. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Hugh Lang: I'm trying to save your life!
Whip: What life?
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Sympathy for the Devil
Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of ABKCO Music and Records, Inc.
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Can a man be both hero and criminal?
4 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Trailers might lead you to believe this is a film about flying. Or about an amazing flying feat. But it is all about the lead character, Captain "Whip" Whitaker (Denzel Washington), a man who is a pilot and an alcoholic. The flying and a terrible crash provide background for the story of this man, who has struggled with his illness for years.

In many ways the story is not that original. We have seen numerous stories about alcoholics and heard real-life testimonies of the behaviors that accompany alcoholism, and this film tracks with all of them.

It is worth seeing for the brilliant portrayal of Captain Whitaker and the performances of the other actors in the film. Some parts are difficult to watch because the acting is so engaging.

I also think the film raises some interesting questions that some viewers may not be willing to acknowledge. If one is an alcoholic, is the entire worth of that man nothing more than what his sickness drags him down to? Are we what we do? Can we rise above our neuroses or our worst behaviors? Often we see public figures condemned in media for indiscretions or harmful acts; is that, then, the measure of the man or woman?

The film, even if judged solely for its dramatic content, is worth seeing.


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