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The Pilot (1980)

PG | | Action, Drama | July 1981 (USA)
Mike Hagan is a pilot in passenger service and candidate for the honor "Best Pilot of the Year". Nobody knows that he's got private sorrows - he's an alcoholic. A stewardess notices his regular visits of the toilet and reports it.

Director:

Cliff Robertson

Writers:

Robert P. Davis (novel), Robert P. Davis (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Mike Hagan
Diane Baker ... Pat Simpson
Frank Converse ... Jim Cochran
Milo O'Shea ... Doctor O'Brian
Dana Andrews ... Randolph Evers
Gordon MacRae ... Joe Barnes
Edward Binns ... Larry Zanoff
Jennifer Houlton Jennifer Houlton ... Cricket
Kitty Sullivan Kitty Sullivan ... Nancy
Leigh Cort Leigh Cort ... Jean Hagan
Bob Willis Bob Willis ... Ken Howland
Hope Pomerance Hope Pomerance ... Sandy Campbell
Ted Janus Ted Janus ... 1st Mechanic
Paul Stewart Paul Stewart ... 2nd Mechanic
Bob Kozloski Bob Kozloski ... 1st Engineer
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Storyline

Our Pilot, Mike Hagan is a great pilot, careful, thoughtful and uses his knowledge of flying to see trouble and avoid it. But his biggest trouble is he is an alcoholic. Unlike the movie "Flight", Mike realizes his problem and is determined to "save himself". But you can't hide for ever and he seeks help from a fellow pilot. The other pilot's program works, but once an alcoholic, always one except he doesn't drink. Everything comes to a head, (no pun intended) for Mike as he now must face the reality of his job, The Pilot! Written by Bob Howard

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Your life is in his hands...and you don't know a damn thing about him! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Danger in the Skies See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Beach, Florida, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dana Andrews has been in many airplane movies; in fact, he starred in the famous cult movie Zero Hour! that was remade into the comedy smash Airplane. He also starred as a pilot in The Crowded Sky and Airport 1975. See more »

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You're all missing the point. Read on...
29 July 2003 | by McLearysTripSee all my reviews

The whole point of this movie is this: the PILOT is an extremely talented and conscientious guy with a serious problem - he is an alcoholic. It's a disease!! People without this problem can never begin to understand what it is like. Trust me. I know. The PILOT knows he has a problem. He knows he has to stop. He just can't. This movie is about a decent guy in constant battle with himself, and his struggle to recover. If you missed this, then you missed the point of the movie.


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