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Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (1984)

On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashes into the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., resulting in 78 fatalities.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeannetta Arnette ... Patricia 'Nikki' Felch
Barry Corbin ... Burt Hamilton
Stephen Macht ... Joe Stiley
Dinah Manoff ... Priscilla Tirado
Richard Masur ... Roger Olian
Donnelly Rhodes ... Arland Williams
Jamie Rose ... Marilyn Nichols
Richard Beauchamp Richard Beauchamp ... Jose Tirado
K Callan ... Barbara Hamilton
Jane Kaczmarek ... Donna Olian
Kerrie Keane ... Carole Biggs
Ken Olin ... David Frank
James Whitmore Jr. James Whitmore Jr. ... Captain Larry Wheaton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Abatemarco ... Dishevelled Man
Richard Backus ... Larry Nichols
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On January 13, 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashes into the 14th Street Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., resulting in 78 fatalities.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight No. 90 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Donnelly Rhodes and Dinah Manoff appeared together in the sitcom Soap. See more »

Goofs

The tractor shown "pushing" the aircraft off the gate is a baggage tug, that would not have the weight or the power to move even an empty 737. See more »

Quotes

Marilyn Nichols: You're here before me? I don't believe it!
Donna Adams: The first time and probably the last! I can't explain it. It was like any other morning. I figured to be late as usual. But I got a clean road right away, the car turned on immediately, and there was no back of traffic. It's an unusual day.
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Edited from Lost Flight (1970) See more »

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Documentary Style and the Eagerness to make the Movie Hurt the Impact of the Story
19 February 2002 | by richard.fuller1See all my reviews

I remembered the crash vividly and how there were only five survivors. I also remember this movie very well. The cast was pictured sitting around, looking very serious, holding life preservers and flotation rings. There was no scene of the crash, we see a man in a car looking up at the unseen plane, then the screen goes black and we hear the crash; fade to commercial. Comes back and we see people running to the bridge and the edge of the river.

Before the crash, we are handed the stories of Jamie Rose, Richard Backus, Richard Masur, Donelly Rhodes, Barry Corbin, Stephen Macht and Dinah Manoff. The only survivor we are not told about is Kelly Duncan, played by Kathleen Wilhote. This crash was the one that began pointing out the survivors came from the end of the plane, and all we see of Kelly Duncan is that she is seated in the very rear of the plane. The makers of this film were too eager to tell this story, something that, thanks to the Amy Fisher movies, we have hopefully seen the last of. Because of this, the part of rescuer Lenny Skutnik was reduced to an absolute minimum with no emphasis whatsoever. Skutnik felt the movie was exploitive of the survivors, among them, Prisilla Tirado, played by Dinah Manoff, whom he had rescued. Therefore the part of Richard Masur came into prominence. An outstanding moment is when relations are trying to find out if their loved ones have survived. We see Ken Olin, who knows his fiancée cannot have lived. The nurse asks who he is waiting for. He tells her 'Nikki'. She replies the female survivors are Kelly and Prisilla and Pat.

He leaps to his feet and says she goes by the name Pat. From there, we venture to Corbin's survival and learn that Pat Finch, played by Jeannetta Arnette would walk down the aisle at her wedding one year later. Except for the Skutnik problem, this could have been an enlightening movie.


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