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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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The story about an extremely talented and experienced pilot who also happens to be an alcoholic would be the set-up for the Robert Zemeckis feature Flight starring Denzel Washington (although Washington played a drug addict as well). Both pilots make logical and even life-saving decisions despite their intoxication, and both are not only pilots but are aviation fanatics who own a small plane. See more »

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Interesting and enjoyable
26 March 2005 | by Chromium_5See all my reviews

This movie is a bit different than most, seeing as how it has no big special effects, complex plot, action, or heavy drama. It's just a simple, quiet story about a good pilot with a drinking problem. And because of the simpleness, it's actually pretty riveting. It's an interesting character study of an alcoholic, and, with the good direction (and lead performance) of Cliff Robertson, it manages to keep your attention all the way through. The photography is amazing, and anyone into aviation will definitely enjoy this (I'm not, but my dad is a pilot, and he loved it). In fact, the most memorable parts are just the beautifully shot scenes of flying above the desert. Highly recommended.


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