In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda but won't give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together.Written by
The scene where Holly Hunter plays an air traffic controller was filmed at Los Angeles Air Traffic Control Center in the desert north of L.A. When she's talking to Goodman's character he was actually on a small tv screen sitting next to her. See more »
After a successful retardant drop, a tanker pilot lands at the tanker base and taxis to a stop. His plane is surrounded by cheering firefighters who appear to have been working on the fire as their fire clothes are dirty and they are holding firefighting tools. Real firefighters wouldn't be hanging around a tanker base after being out on the fireline, and if they were they would not be allowed to swarm a plane on the taxi way - too much chance of someone getting cut up by a propeller or run over by a plane. See more »
I don't know what you think you're doing, but turn this plane around. Dorinda, you never would listen to me and you always did just fine, but this isn't the same. This is Ted's mission, and you're not good enough. You're not good enough, and you won't make it! Is that what you want? That's not my girl!
[shouting over the radio]
Dorinda, God damn it! This is no time to be dickin' around with an airplane!
[Dorinda throws her headset off as she flies into the maw of a vast wildfire]
Okay... let's ...
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On the Blu Ray release, at the very end of the end credits, there is a warning. It reads, in quotation marks: "Caution: Inhaling of helium from balloons is dangerous, and can cause serious injury or death." See more »
My husband asked me to marry him after we saw this movie. He was a helicopter pilot and we had met at an air show. We both loved vintage aircraft so this seemed to be just the movie to see. We both laughed and cried so hard during the movie. Little was I to know that 13 years later I would lose my husband while he was flying. It took me some years to watch this movie again and I too cried through the whole thing. It is so personal to me. There are times when I feel, like Holly did, that I can hear my husband talking to me and guiding me. There is a lot to be learned from this picture about life and love. I highly recommend this picture.
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