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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Cody Briggs
... Josh Gilliam
... Erica Hansen
... Q. T. Thornwell
... Nancy Gilliam
... Bowdish (as George Di Cenzo)
... Janet Briggs
... Freddie Barrett
... Laurie Hansen (as Heather Mc Adam)
... Pete
Gary Bayer ... Martin
Pat Corley ... Joe Pedowski
... Felix
... Mrs. Harvey
Diane Stilwell ... Betty
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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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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27 February 1983 (USA)  »

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Starflight One  »

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The movie is loosely based on the novel "Orbit" by Thomas H. Block, from 1982. In the novel, a hypersonic plane on a cruise from New York City to Sydney exceeds its cruise altitude, due to sabotage by a revenge-seeking company engineer. See more »

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

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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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Get A Life And Enjoy This Film
28 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

OK I agree that the Australian accent is a bit overdone, but remember, this was filmed in 1982 and Australians were depicted that way for years, until the Mel's and Hugh's and Nicole's came to prominence. O.K. I forgot Bryan Brown! The real Aussie Icon! I was fortunate enough to see the full-length version of this TV Movie, which runs to 138 minutes, on our local station NBN 3 before it became a mirror image of Sydney station TCN Nine. The video release from Roadshow years ago has a great cover, however the print is around 100 minutes. What a great cast. Our hero Lee Majors, the gorgeous Lauren Hutton, Tess Harper, always dependable Ray Milland, Robert Webber and Hal Linden. The full-length version should be released in a nice remastered DVD... So take a step back in time to the early 80s when we still had reliable familiar faces that graced our screens and enjoy it already!


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