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Bernie LaPlante is having a rough time. He's divorced, his ex-wife hates him, and has custody of their son. The cops are setting a trap for him, then to top it all, he loses a shoe while rescuing passengers of a plane crash. Being a thief who is down on his luck, he takes advantage of the rescue, but then someone else claims credit for it.Written by
To create the volatile aftermath of the plane crash, the film company transported a retired twenty-five-year-old Boeing 727 from an aircraft graveyard in Northern California to the Lake Piru area, north of Los Angeles. Here, aircraft engineering specialists reassembled the twenty-five-ton, one hundred sixty-foot plane and lowered it onto an unused bridge over the Piru River bed. On this location, in an arduous week of complex night shooting, Bernie LaPlante (Dustin Hoffman) carries out his improvised rescue of injured reporter Gale Gayley (Geena Davis), pinned in the wreckage, and fifty-three other desperate passengers amidst fire, rain, and smoke, punctuated by increasingly large explosions. Claustrophobic, smoke-filled interiors of the plane during and after the crash were filmed in another Boeing 727 airplane on a soundstage at Sony Pictures Studios. Pre-crash interior scenes were shot in a pristine airliner mock-up set at Universal Studios. See more »
When Bernie and John are driving in stop and go traffic the car they are in doesn't move. All the cars around it inch up and move in reverse through the entire conversation. See more »
I disagree with the suggestion that this movie is fluff; just the opposite. It is truly unexpected. There's no phony character development, no sitcom silliness. What you have here is what I would call TRUE GRIT. Dustin Hoffman gives one of his all-time best performances. Andy Garcia is equally true to character, and both actors get a chance to portray genuinely interesting characters. Yet, the ending could not be more perfect. Likewise, I'd argue that this movie does have social commentary. You'll see Chevy Chase at his best (although he doesn't appear in the credits). He illustrates the unholy alliance between news and show business in today's America. There's a great father-and-son story and an implied love story with Joan Cusack, someone who is underrated for her emotional expression. There's also a nice examination of truth and reality. Watch they boy from the plane. He can't remember what the hero said, so he is proud and excited to come up with what he thinks will sound good. Likewise, the hero's son finds the perfect answer to an awkward question for the news camera. We're all searching for that perfect answer if a news mike is stuck in our face. The hero sees this, and he is the only one in the movie who seems immune to it. He is my hero for remaining true to himself--as flawed as that is. No, this ain't Disney--it's Dustin, at his finest.
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