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Final Approach (1991)

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Col. Jason Halsey (USAF) has just had a terrible air disaster and can't remember a thing -- even his name. Now he must go head-to-head with the psychiatrist Dr. Gottlieb as his only chance ... See full summary »


Eric Steven Stahl





Complete credited cast:
James Sikking ... Col. Jason Halsey
Hector Elizondo ... Dr. Dio Gottlieb
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Casey Halsey (as Madolyn Smith)
Kevin McCarthy ... Gen. Geller
Cameo Kneuer Cameo Kneuer ... Brooke Halsey
Wayne Duvall ... Doug Slessinger
Karen Person Karen Person ... Ms. Peters
David Bonaiuto David Bonaiuto ... Jason's Father
Duffy Rutledge Duffy Rutledge ... Jason's Mother
Colin Vogel Colin Vogel ... Country Doctor
Robert Jay Stahl Robert Jay Stahl ... Emergency Room Doctor
Hank Garrett ... RSO
Maarten Goslins Maarten Goslins ... Younger Jason
Ellen Hilton Ellen Hilton ... Woman in Waiting Room
James Flynn James Flynn ... Man in Waiting Room


Col. Jason Halsey (USAF) has just had a terrible air disaster and can't remember a thing -- even his name. Now he must go head-to-head with the psychiatrist Dr. Gottlieb as his only chance to recover his memory. Col. Halsey is a stealth fighter test pilot in the highly classified project Black Magic. Is Dr. Gottlieb a helping professional or is he a counter-intelligence agent sent to debrief Halsey? This movie draws considerable footage from the Lockheed Corp. documentary "Blackbird: The Movie" for its background material on the SR-71 spy plane. Written by Anonymous

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Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

6 December 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dirección final See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

CDS (digital 35 mm prints)| Dolby SR (analog 35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film to be originally recorded, mixed and mastered in pure digital sound, similar to a compact Disc with DDD sound. 'Fantasia (1940)' was also re-recorded in digital audio in 1982 and presented in digital sound in 1985 in two theatres in the US, but that was a dual system with the sound being on a special VHS tape and synchronized with the picture. See more »


Col. Jason Halsey: [about Rorscach Inkblot test] This is bullshit.
Dr. Dio Gottlieb: I thought you said it was a plane.
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A psychological journey of inner space
29 November 2005 | by mark-pearceSee all my reviews

Don't listen to the pooh pooh brigade who read the front cover and think this was going to be top gun for the digital age. It is in fact a psychologically taut study of the human condition when stripped to the bones. Yes this could very easily be transported to the stage but this is not a detracting factor (resevoir dogs anyone). James Sikking is superb as Hal in a role that fits him as well as his great hill street blues days (he infuriates you but you still care for him). As the nightmarish scenario unfolds the claustrophobia rises and your choices of possible endgame's runs out of control. Then bang you make the final approach towards the undeniable conclusion. Shiver tingle damn that was the answer all along "i knew it, i think". Press rewind watch again with hindsight and clear vision this piece will unfurl like a flag before you. So lights off volume up and eyes peeled lets try and crack this confrontation before times up.

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