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The Ghost of Flight 401 (1978)

An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repair other aircraft. Soon passengers and... See full summary »


Robert Malcolm Young (teleplay), John G. Fuller (book)
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Borgnine ... Dom Cimoli
Gary Lockwood ... Jordan Evanhower
Tina Chen ... Val
Kim Basinger ... Prissy Frasier
Tom Clancy Tom Clancy ... Dutch
Howard Hesseman ... Bert Stockwell
Russell Johnson ... Loft
Robert F. Lyons ... Bill Bowdish
Allan Miller ... Les Garrick
Alan Oppenheimer ... Barton
Carol Eve Rossen ... Maria Cimoli (as Carol Rossen)
Eugene Roche ... Andrews
Luis Avalos
Ted Hartley Ted Hartley
Byron Morrow ... Bailey


An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repair other aircraft. Soon passengers and crew on those aircraft report seeing what they believe to be the ghost of the wrecked airplane's flight engineer. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Geist von Flug 401 See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Not all the exterior/in flight shots are of an L-1011. Some of the shots used are actually darkened shots of Boeing 727s in flight. The difference is that on a 727, the rear tail assembly features wings above the fuselage and all 3 engines are located in proximity. On an L-1011, the two main engines are on the front wings and the tail engine is above the rear cabin but the rear wings are level with the front wings. See more »


Dom Cimoli: [Bill Bowdish comes to the galley to see for himself if Dom's ghost is there] Watch out for fire on this airplane, Bill.
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What TV either doesn't want to or can't do any more...
24 July 2010 | by calvinnmeSee all my reviews

...and that's make a quality film just for the small screen with a good cast that people have in their fondest memories decades later. I watched the original broadcast of this film in early 1978 when I was still in college and it really moved me, this friendly ghost of the good natured middle-aged flight officer that got the family he thought he'd never have in mid-life only to have that life taken from him in a crash.

This movie was televised several years later in the late 80's and I watched it again and I was surprised at what I did not notice the first time around in 1978 that I did notice ten years later. So many of the people who initially see the ghost are what we now call flight attendants, but in 1978 they were called stewardesses, and they were all female. Initially the reports of Don Repo's ghost were discounted not only because it was bad for business but because it was the stewardesses - or "stews" as they call them in the film - that were seeing the ghost. There were many comments in the film that would be considered very sexist today about hysterical females, and nobody bats an eye at these statements. Only after some of the male members of the crew see the ghost does anyone start to take this phenomenon seriously. It's just funny how standards evolve over time - in this case attitudes towards women - and you don't really notice until you're plunged back into a time capsule and see how much things have changed.

I'd strongly recommend this one if it ever airs again. It's in the same boat as films like "J.T." (1969), "The Great Houdini" (1976), "Coffee Tea or Me"(1973), "The Ballad of Lizzy Borden" (1975), "The Neon Ceiling" (1970), and "Legend in Granite" (1973), also starring Ernest Borgnine. These are all made for TV films that were popular at the networks after studio films became too expensive to televise and before cable fractured TV audiences. They are as good as or better in quality than many feature films that are released today. Sure, some of them are quite dated in many ways, but that is part of the nostalgia for many of us who remember the original broadcast.

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