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Terror in the Sky (1971)

On a transcontinental flight, the flight crew suffer from food poisioning and become incapacitated. To save the aircraft, the cabin crew locate a passenger with flying experience. He is ... See full summary »

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Stephen Karpf (teleplay), Elinor Karpf (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leif Erickson ... Marty Treleavan
Doug McClure ... George Spencer
Roddy McDowall ... Dr. Ralph Baird
Lois Nettleton ... Janet Turner
Keenan Wynn ... Milton
Jack Ging ... Controller
Sam Melville ... Stewart
Leonard Stone ... Harry Burdick
Sidney Clute ... Mr. Swenson
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Mr. McCann
Loretta Leversee Loretta Leversee ... Mrs. McCann
Patricia Mattick Patricia Mattick ... Ellen
Victor Izay ... Second Man
Kenneth Tobey ... Capt. Wilson
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Football Fan
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On a transcontinental flight, the flight crew suffer from food poisioning and become incapacitated. To save the aircraft, the cabin crew locate a passenger with flying experience. He is coached by an experienced pilot on the ground. Written by Chris Hartcher <hartcher@ozemail.com.au>

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panik in den Wolken See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Much of the plot and screenplay were used as material for Airplane! (1980). See more »

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Spoofed in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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Not original, Not the inspiration for Airplane!
10 July 2005 | by Barticus88See all my reviews

When I first saw Airplane! (1980), it reminded me of Terror in the Sky (1971). However, the primary inspiration for Airplane was actually Zero Hour! (1957). Arthur Hailey wrote both Zero Hour and Terror, as well as Airport (1970).

This movie was typical Movie of the Week fare: The budget was low, the story was old, the plot has holes. MOTW was something different from episodic television, and that made it popular for a few years, but very few of them are worth seeing again.

Many MOTW shows were remakes of black and white movies. Hailey may have intended the novel on which this film is based as a rewrite of Zero Hour!, as opposed to an entirely original work. However, this movie was never billed as a remake.


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