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The Doomsday Flight (1966)

Approved | | Thriller | TV Movie 13 December 1966
A bomb on board an airliner has an altitude-sensitive trigger. Unless a ransom is paid, it will explode when the plane descends to land.

Director:

William A. Graham (as William Graham)

Writer:

Rod Serling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Special Agent Frank Thompson
Edmond O'Brien ... The Man
Katherine Crawford ... Jean
John Saxon ... George Ducette
Van Johnson ... Capt. Anderson
Tom Simcox ... Chipps - Flight Engineer
Michael Sarrazin ... Army Corporal
Edward Asner ... Feldman
Malachi Throne ... Bartender
Robert Pickering Robert Pickering ... Willoughby
Jan Shepard Jan Shepard ... Mrs. Thompson
Greg Morris ... Balaban - FBI Agent (as Gregg Morris)
Richard Carlson ... Chief Pilot Bob Shea
David Lewis ... Mr. Rierdon
Howard Caine ... L.A. Dispatcher
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Storyline

A bomb is planted on board an airplane, with an altitude-sensitive trigger. It will explode when the plane descends through the altitude of 5,000 feet, unless the ransom demanded is paid. Written by Anonymous

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A madman, a bomb, and a crowded jetliner - in a skyful of drama and suspense!

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Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Doomsday Flight See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This early made-for-TV movie only received one NBC network airing as opposed to the usual two. The network shied away as it was thought that it was too detailed and could serve as a textbook for airplane terrorism. See more »

Goofs

The opening credits show a Boeing 707 making a landing approach, then the shot cuts to the landing gear of a B-52 touching the runway. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Anderson: [the pilot has just landed the plane, and the bomb didn't go off] Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Denver. Altitude 5,300 feet above sea level... And thanks be to God for every foot of it.
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Connections

Spoofed in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) See more »

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High Quality Thriller by Serling: Mad Bomber, Doomsday Flight
14 November 2018 | by arthur_taferoSee all my reviews

Rod Serling was not afraid to mix it up with Alfred Hitchcock when it came to creating suspense. Both were masters of the genre. However, in this film, Serling shows that he can rise to the occasion for the big screen with The Doomsday Flight. The story of a man holding an airline ransom for a bomb he has planted is compelling. The quality here is in the writing; the script and storyline are impeccable. Edmond O'Brien gives a performance highly reminiscent of Burgess Meredith (looks and sounds just like him) and does a great job as psycho man. The supporting cast is fine as well. Recommended.


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