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Skyjacked (1972)

PG | | Action, Drama, Thriller | August 1972 (UK)
A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.


John Guillermin


Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay by), David Harper (based upon the novel by)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara
Yvette Mimieux ... Angela Thacher
James Brolin ... Jerome K. Weber
Claude Akins ... Sgt. Ben Puzo
Jeanne Crain ... Mrs. Clara Shaw
Susan Dey ... Elly Brewster
Roosevelt Grier ... Gary Brown
Mariette Hartley ... Harriet Stevens
Walter Pidgeon ... Sen. Arne Lindner
Ken Swofford ... John Bimonte
Leslie Uggams ... Lovejoy Wells
Ross Elliott ... Harold Shaw
Nicholas Hammond ... Peter Lindner
Mike Henry ... Sam Allen
Jayson Kane Jayson Kane ... William Reading (as Jayson William Kane)


A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Russians at the airport have M-16s and Soviet rifles, but drive US-made Jeeps and trucks. See more »


After completing its turn following take-off, you can see the jet's flaps are up. But in later shots of cruise flight, they're shown extended (down). This would cause unnecessary drag and increase fuel consumption. The jet should be "trimmed" for high-speed flight. This one clearly isn't. In later shots, while on the approach to Anchorage, the flaps are up again. It's not the way a commercial flight is normally operated. See more »


[first lines]
John Bimonte: [Hank is doing his walk-around the aircraft] Hey, Hank! Ready to go.
Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara: Wrong! You got a broken cowling latch here.
John Bimonte: What the hell? I'll get right on it.
Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara: Take all the time you want, John. You got 10 minutes.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1986 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »


Referenced in Lovelace (2013) See more »

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Exciting and amusing but full clichés and stereotypes with a strong performance by Heston
17 June 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie is another jetliner epic with tough hero Charlton Heston . A Boeing commercial airline (the 'Global Airways' plane used in the movie was a World Airways Boeing 707 , N374WA) is hijacked . Commandant Charlton Heston along with crew and flight attendant (Ivette Mimieux ) taking on a dangerous bomber . The film is detailing hectic flighty hijacked by a dangerous terrorist and passengers' relationship . All clichéd and stock characters with regurgitation of all usual stereotypical situations from disaster films such as the musician , the pregnant girl (Mariette Hartley) , a nervous , crazed vet Vietnam (James Brolin), the senator (Walter Pidgeon) and his son (Nicholas Hammond). Taking place on fateful storm and freeze skies and the airplane heading to Russia . If you've seen the original ¨ Airport ¨ (George Seaton ) , the daddy of them all , you've seen them all , in fact , the terrorist character is likeness to Airport's Van Heflin.

The picture contains thriller , suspense , drama , moderated tension and is quite entertaining although with some flaws and gaps . Filmed at the height of the disaster genre from the 7os , this entry in the spectacular series profits of a strong acting by Charlton Heston , bringing conviction to character , he also starred a similar role at ¨ Airport 1975 ¨ (Jack Smight) . Look quickly to Claude Akins, John Hillerman , Jeanne Crain , among others , though doesn't appear the classic character Patroni (George Kennedy) , a saga usual . The motion picture was professionally directed by John Guillermin , habitual of disaster films (Towering inferno, King Kong , Kong lives) and airplane movies (Blue Max ) . The film is classified ¨parents guide¨ for a certain violence . It's an inoffensive diversion but is sometimes tediously unspooled . The film will appeal to Charlton Heston fans and disaster genre enthusiasts.

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August 1972 (UK) See more »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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