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Starflight: The Plane That Couldn't Land (1983)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | TV Movie 27 February 1983
On the maiden flight of the first hypersonic commercial plane which can make the flight from New York City to London in four hours, a minor disaster occurs resulting in the plane actually ... See full summary »

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Robert Malcolm Young (screenplay by), Peter R. Brooke (story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Majors ... Captain Cody Briggs
Hal Linden ... Josh Gilliam
Lauren Hutton ... Erica Hansen
Ray Milland ... Q. T. Thornwell
Gail Strickland ... Nancy Gilliam
George DiCenzo ... Bowdish (as George Di Cenzo)
Tess Harper ... Janet Briggs
Terry Kiser ... Freddie Barrett
Heather McAdam ... Laurie Hansen (as Heather Mc Adam)
Michael Sacks ... Pete
Gary Bayer Gary Bayer ... Martin
Pat Corley ... Joe Pedowski
Robert Webber ... Felix
Jocelyn Brando ... Mrs. Harvey
Diane Stilwell Diane Stilwell ... Betty
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Storyline

On the maiden flight of the first hypersonic commercial plane which can make the flight from New York City to London in four hours, a minor disaster occurs resulting in the plane actually leaving the Earth's atmosphere and orbiting around the globe. A lack of heat-resistant tiling prevents the plane from simply re-entering the atmosphere. With oxygen (and therefore time) running out, the crew of the plane and the crew on the ground must figure out a way to return the plane and its passengers to safety. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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A special plane . . . not built for outer space . . . suddenly it's there! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Starflight One See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The logo for the Starflight airline bears a strong resemblance to that of Rockwell International, the company that constructed the Space Shuttle orbiters. The movie was released in 1983, two years after the first orbital shuttle mission. See more »

Goofs

Refueling of Starflight One from Columbia takes an implausibly short period of time. See more »

Quotes

Joe Pedowski: You're gonna try to fly this thing back?
Captain Cody Briggs: Joe, did you ever skip a flat rock across a lake and watch it skim and bounce along the surface? I wanna give reentry that kind of shot.
Joe Pedowski: I have skipped a few rocks on a few lakes in my time and I never saw yet one that didn't sink. It's one chance in a million.
Captain Cody Briggs: So was this accident.
Joe Pedowski: I am scared out of my mind being up here inside this plane and you want me to go outside?
[laughs nervously]
Joe Pedowski: oh no!
[pause]
Joe Pedowski: I'll need a wire stripper and some wire nuts... and ...
[...]
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MST3K-caliber awful
3 February 2003 | by westpacSee all my reviews

In fact I think this was a KTMA episode. But one scene that stands out in my mind indelibly is the one where Hal Linden's character is spirited off Starflight by sticking him in the coffin that was transporting the Australian ambassador to the US back home for burial or some such, and the body is stiff as a board (or a mannequin) after being removed from the casket and floats around the cargo hold wearing the pointiest shoes I've ever seen . Somehow I don't think a casket is airtight enough to survive the rigors of spaceflight!


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