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Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (1976)

The co-pilot and engineer of a passenger jet struggle to keep the plane airborne until it can reach an open airfield after a killer aboard the plane fires a gun at an engine and pilot of the plane.

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

Austin Ferguson (teleplay), Dick Nelson (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Captain Pete Douglass
Don Meredith ... Mike Fuller
Christopher George ... Stan Burkhart
Ray Milland ... Dr. Joseph Mannheim
Lynda Day George ... Cathy Armello
Margaret Blye ... Susan Mackenzie (as Maggie Blye)
Marjoe Gortner ... Greco
Broderick Crawford ... Marshal Riese
Tom Drake ... Harry Jensen
Christopher Norris ... Cindy Jensen
Hari Rhodes ... Belson (as Harry Rhodes)
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Glen Meyer
Shani Wallis ... Terry Dunlap
Jane Powell ... Kitty Douglass
William Bryant ... Kent (as Bill Bryant)
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Storyline

A Boeing 727 airliner belonging to Transcon Airways is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles en route to New York via a pit stop in Salt Lake City. Flight 602 is under the care of Captain Pete Douglas, First Officer Stan Burkhart and Second Officer Mike Fuller. The overall atmosphere on the flight is upbeat, despite Captain Pete Douglas' absent-mindedness due to his worries about his wife's upcoming surgery. Her doctors want to remove a lump in her breast before it becomes malign. The captain also worries about the announced snow storm that prompted some airports to close. He hopes to arrive to his destination in New York before the storm intensifies. The airplane makes its scheduled stop in Salt Lake City where it's refueled and takes on a few more passengers. Among the new passengers are an extradited prison inmate and his U.S. Marshals escort who are also traveling to New York. The aging Marshal has heart problems but is otherwise strong as a bull and is well armed. After leaving ... Written by nufs68

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Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boing 707 - Panikos stous aitheres See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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For the exterior aerial sequences in Mayday at 40,000 Feet!, a Boeing 727-173Cs was leased from World Airways and was painted in the colors of the fictional Transcon Airways. See more »

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Another airborne adventure...
5 June 2002 | by nautilus_grSee all my reviews

This film is of the typical disaster films of the 70's; aircrafts that almost crash, hijacks, engine failures, terrorist acts and so on. The amazing thing about them is the great performances by great actors; in such films, we saw actors like Charlton Heston, George Kennedy, Jack Lemmon, Alain Delon, Christopher Lee and so on...

In this film, David Janssen in a great performance (one more time), as a man in his 40's that has his own problems in his life, and apart from that, he has a rendez-vous with the bullet of a prisoner that wants to escape. The film script limits the abilities of the actor to perform; however, the film is a pleasant adventure/drama.

5 out of 10.


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