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Mercy Mission: The Rescue of Flight 771 (1993)

Jay is ordered to fly Cessna flight 30771 from the States to Sydney, with stopovers at Honolulu, Pago Pago and Norfolk Island. He's joined by Frank, who flies another Cessna. Frank crashes ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Loggia ... Gordon Vette
Scott Bakula ... Jay Parkins
Rebecca Rigg ... Ellen
Alan Fletcher ... Frank
Mike Bishop Mike Bishop ... First Officer Mann (as Michael Bishop)
Kit Taylor Kit Taylor ... Capt. Warren Banks
Suzie MacKenzie Suzie MacKenzie ... Vanessa Cross (as Suzie Mackenzie)
Steven Tandy Steven Tandy ... Operations Officer Hudson
Robert Benedetti Robert Benedetti ... Harry Hanson
Sarah Kemp Sarah Kemp ... Hillary Vette
Ingrid McKillop Ingrid McKillop ... Teacher
Peter Kent Peter Kent ... Enthusiastic Man
Sean Sturgess Sean Sturgess ... Nervous Man
Eddy Sentosa Eddy Sentosa ... Doctor
Lafe Charlton Lafe Charlton ... David


Jay is ordered to fly Cessna flight 30771 from the States to Sydney, with stopovers at Honolulu, Pago Pago and Norfolk Island. He's joined by Frank, who flies another Cessna. Frank crashes while taking off at Pago Pago, so Jay has to find Norfolk Island on his own. He gets lost and almost runs out of fuel. He contacts Gordon Vette by accident, the pilot of the ANZ 308, a plane with 88 passengers on board. He and his crew are the only ones who can save Jay. But to save him, they first have to find him... Written by Tony Kessen <rhkessen@cs.vu.nl>

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Release Date:

13 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight from Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie was inspired by a real-life event which occurred on December 21 1978, and which involved Air New Zealand flight 103 (and not 308) on a DC-10 (and not a 767). The airliner captain's name (Gordon Vette) was preserved, but Jay's last name was changed from Prochnow to Parkins. Most other names were changed for the movie. See more »


The plane Capt. Vette was flying was a DC-10, not a 737-200 (as showed taking off from Fiji) nor a 767 as shown throughout the movie. The DC-10 has 3 engines and both aircraft depicted on the movie are twin-engine. See more »


[Vanessa Cross, the chief flight attendant, enters the flight deck]
Gordon Vette: Ah, the new cabin boss! Have you guys met? This is Ross Mann, first officer, soon-to-be captain. Captain Warren Banks, relief pilot...
Capt. Warren Banks: Welcome.
Gordon Vette: Vanessa Cross.
[Vanessa and Ross look at each other, and then she hands a paper printout to Gordon]
Gordon Vette: You got the passenger list ready.
Vanessa Cross: We've only 88 for the return flight. Plenty of room.
First Officer Mann: And maybe we can pop in for a drink at Sydney on the way...
Gordon Vette: Ross, soon-to-be captains don't hit on ...
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Moving true story, with enough of the Hollywood touch to keep viewers hooked
17 January 2006 | by leaper8757See all my reviews

As a Scott Bakula fan, I approached this film with high hopes, and I was not disappointed.

Brilliantly acted, most notably by both Bakula and Loggia who portrayed the growing rapport between the two protagonists very sensitively and realistically.

Having said that, the supporting cast were also well cast, from the main characters such as the wife and the fellow pilot, to minor roles like the boys in the Flight Control booth.

It was funny, it was tense, it had me on the edge of my seat and it had me in tears. It was wonderful.

I highly recommend it.

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