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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.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

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

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)
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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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This is your captain... we have a skyjacker on board. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

August 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sky Terror See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two characters from competing family shows The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch play young love interests: The obvious is Susan Dey, famous as Laurie Partridge of The Partridge Family and Nicholas Hammond, who played conceited jock Doug Simpson on an episode titled after him on The Brady Bunch: Big Man on Campus. See more »

Goofs

The aircraft they exit from at the end of the film is a cargo aircraft. The aircraft is a Boeing 707-300C, which contains a large cargo door on the left side. The aircraft serves a dual purpose and can be converted to cargo use from a passenger aircraft. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Drive-In (1976) See more »

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A lot better than you might think
29 August 2003 | by gordywrightSee all my reviews

I was really surprised by this film, one, I had never actually seen it, and two, it was well worth seeing.

I did, however, find it very frustrating. Not through the plot or the acting or anything like that, but it was full of actors and actresses, whose faces were familiar to me, I spent about half the film wondering who had been in what, I couldnt wait to get on here and find out.

Charlton Heston was his always accomplished self, no more and no less, and he is always very good. James Brolin played a military section 8 well indeed, or at least I assume that is a way in which a section 8 would be, not like Klinger in M*A*S*H!

All together a very good film, well worth watching, and in truth probably suffered unfairly against the films of the day, The Godfather and The French Connection to name but two.

Not necessarily one for the collection, but worth seeing all the same.


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