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The President's Plane Is Missing (1973)

An incompetent Vice President is in control of the government after the President's plane mysteriously disappears with him on board.

Director:

Daryl Duke

Writers:

Mark Carliner (teleplay), Ernest Kinoy (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Buddy Ebsen ... Vice President Kermit Madigan
Peter Graves ... Mark Jones
Arthur Kennedy ... Gunther Damon
Raymond Massey ... Secretary of State Freeman Sharkey
Mercedes McCambridge ... Hester Madigan
Rip Torn ... George Oldenburg
Louise Sorel ... Joanna Spencer
James Wainwright ... Gen. Dunbar
Dabney Coleman ... Sen. Bert Haines
Joseph Campanella ... Col. Doug Henderson
Richard Eastham ... General Colton
Jim B. Smith ... Major Earl Foster (as James B. Smith)
Maida Severn ... Judy Nance
Ivan Bonar Ivan Bonar ... Colonel to Dunbar
Gary Haynes Gary Haynes ... Rod Pitcher
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Storyline

While on the brink of a military confrontation with China, Air Force One crashes in the desert, killing the President. This brings Vice-President Kermit Madigan to power who, having been left in the dark by the president, must now rely on his predecessor's aides to guide him. But they have markedly different viewpoints and hidden agendas. Will he blunder his way into a nuclear exchange with the Chinese? Written by Alfred Jingle

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The countdown is on. The crisis is building. The fate of the country depends on the next 24 hours. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El presidente ha desaparecido See more »

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Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Air Force One, a VC-137C, a Boeing 707-353B, is depicted by a former United Airlines Boeing 720B-022, and carries the serial number 62-6001 (tail number 26001), one digit up from President John F. Kennedy's 62-6000 (tail number 26000), as if it was part of a two aircraft order. The actual serial 62-2601 was assigned to a Martin AGM-12 Bullpup missile. See more »

Goofs

John Amos' character is listed in the credits as "Marine Corporal", and the reporter Damon, when surprised at how little security is at the desert military compound, refers to "one lousy corporal" guarding the gate. In fact the stripes on John Amos' uniform are clearly visible and show him to be a 3-stripe sergeant. See more »

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well-done adaptation of Serling book ...
10 August 2000 | by yortsnaveSee all my reviews

I saw this on TV back in the 1970s, and again on video in the 1990s. It is a well-done political/mystery movie, a pleasant evening's diversion. The cast and plot are solid. I read Robert J. Serling's novel recently; the movie holds up well against the book.


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