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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:
... Gordon Vette
... Jay Parkins
... Ellen
... Frank
Mike Bishop ... First Officer Mann (as Michael Bishop)
Kit Taylor ... Capt. Warren Banks
Suzie MacKenzie ... Vanessa Cross (as Suzie Mackenzie)
Steven Tandy ... Operations Officer Hudson
Robert Benedetti ... Harry Hanson
Sarah Kemp ... Hillary Vette
Ingrid McKillop ... Teacher
Peter Kent ... Enthusiastic Man
Sean Sturgess ... Nervous Man
Eddy Sentosa ... Doctor
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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13 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Küldetés: A 771-es járat megmentése  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end of the movie, where Jay finally lands his airplane and everyone at the airport is cheering, the camera focuses on two men, one a bit taller than the other, hugging and slapping each other in celebration of Jay's landing. These are the real Jay and Gordon Vette, as this movie is based on a true story. See more »


When the sunset check is done by Jay in the aircraft and Auckland Center members outside the tower, they don't take into account the altitude/elevation of the aircraft and the ATC members. The aircraft appears to be less than than 100' above the water while the ATC members are at some undetermined height (looking from a railing part way up the control tower). Not checking beforehand could induce a significant error when the time was checked. 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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Great Movie
23 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

My husband doesn't usually like the normal type of Christmas movie, but this is one film we watch every year. We are usually both sniffling by the end. Robert Loggia is simply great as Gordon, and Scott Bakula his usual likeable self. Also love the passengers on the plane, the mistletoe good luck charm, etc.

BTW, the two guys grinning and celebrating up in the tower when Jay finally lands are the real Jay and Gordon!

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