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This Is a Hijack (1973)

A gambler with serious debts hijacks a small private plane, planning to collect a $1,000,000 ransom. Unfortunately, he's not in the best of company with his mates, and the F.B.I. is waiting... See full summary »

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Barry Pollack
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Roarke ... Mike Christie
Lynn Borden ... Diane
Jay Robinson Jay Robinson ... Simon Scott
Dub Taylor ... Sheriff Gordon
Sandy Balson Sandy Balson ... Mrs. Phillips
Sam Chew Jr. Sam Chew Jr. ... Pierce
Nikki Diamond Nikki Diamond ... Hollis
Agneta Eckemyr ... Cami
Biff Elliot ... Neal Hanaford
Jacqueline Giroux ... Belinda (as Jackie Giroux)
Charles Isen ... Harry
Art Koulias Art Koulias ... Ritchie
Carol Locatell ... Jennifer Pierce (as Carol Lawson)
Jennifer Lee Pryor ... Edy (as Jennifer Lee)
Duncan McLeod Duncan McLeod ... Gil Gresham
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A gambler with serious debts hijacks a small private plane, planning to collect a $1,000,000 ransom. Unfortunately, he's not in the best of company with his mates, and the F.B.I. is waiting for them on the ground ... Written by Homme A. Piest <piest@pobox.leidenuniv.nl>

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Stay in Your Seats And Don't Anyone Move... See more »

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 1975 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Airport SOS Hijack See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The aircraft used in the movie is an Air California Boeing 737-293, registration N463GB. See more »

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Air traffic control redirects the taxiing airplane from runway 24 to a different runway, runway 6. Runways 24 and 6 are the same runway, just in opposing directions. See more »

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Surprise "black comedy" ........
29 December 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

From the VHS box ... "Adam Roarke (The Stunt Man) plays a reckless gambler who owes money to the mafia-too much money. There's only one way out of this mess, Roarke must must kidnap a millionaire to extort some mean pocket change-it's only a simple matter of hijacking the tycoon's private jet, with a little unwanted help from some mafia thugs." What is surprising is that "This is a Hijack", although advertised as "Your worst fears from today's headlines", is actually a totally tasteless "black comedy". Now I am not sure how a sensitive subject like hijacking a plane would play as dark comedy? Probably it didn't play much, if at all, since I am writing the first IMDb review. Amazingly this is above average entertainment, and definitely "dark". The millionaire's second in command refuses to pay the ransom, anticipating if his boss is killed, he would move into the top position. An ongoing argument between the FBI and a local sheriff (Dub Taylor) is another highlight, especially since Dub's plan makes more sense than the FBIs. With an outrageous script, clever dialog, and ample "black humor", this is a surprise winner. Recommended, if you can find it. - MERK


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