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Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 (1995)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 20 February 1995
True story of a brand-new Canadian airliner running out of fuel in-flight and forced to glide to the nearest airfield.


Jorge Montesi


William Hoffer (book), Marilyn Hoffer (book) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Devane ... Capt. Bob Pearson
Scott Hylands ... Maurice Quintal
Shelley Hack ... Lynn Brown
Kevin McNulty ... Larry Roberts
Gwynyth Walsh ... Pearl Dion
Gloria Carlin Gloria Carlin ... Meg
Suzy Joachim ... Florence Bisaillon
Nicholas Turturro ... Al Williams
Winston Rekert Winston Rekert ... Rick Dion
Mariette Hartley ... Beth Pearson
Philip Granger ... Phil Lyons
Philip Maurice Hayes ... Bob Rand (as Philip Hayes)
David Lewis ... Frank Farr
Sheelah Megill Sheelah Megill ... Mrs. Hebert
John Novak ... Len Daniels


It's the summer of 1982. Canada World Airways' brand-new Boeing 767 leaves Montreal bound for Edmonton. When the plane reaches its cruise altitude, the impossible happens: the plane runs out of fuel, due to a miscalculation by the ground staff in Montreal. Captain Bob Pearson and First Officer Maurice Quintal face a potentially deadly disaster in this true story, as the 767, with about 60 souls on board, slowly falls from the sky. Written by Sergio Ortega

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Canada | USA



Release Date:

20 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freefall: Flight 174 See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In real life the pilots were not told to use the left runway - since only the right runway was in use (by aircraft), it was considered a one-runway airport, nobody thought to advise them, and they simply guessed wrong. But they didn't have to dodge cars, which happened to already have been parked at the edge of the runway. There really was a boy bicycling on the runway, though. See more »


The captain moves the stick forwards, yet the pitch indicator shows that the plane begins climbing. See more »


Larry Roberts: [over the PA] Uh, would the cabin crew please report to the forward galley?
Phil Lyons: [raising his glass] Here's to accurate dental records.
Bob Rand: [stopping flight attendant Florence on her way to the front] Hey! What the hell is going on?
Florence Bisaillon: Uh, routine, Sir. Just routine for us to meet on long flights, to check the liquor inventory...
Bob Rand: Don't give me that bull. I'm a paying customer. I pay your damn wages. Now, what's going on?
Florence Bisaillon: If you *must* swear, could you keep your voice down?
[keeps walking]
Bob Rand: Hey! Hey! Hey!
Phil Lyons: I knew...
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Smacks of 1970s Disaster movie stuff.
25 December 2009 | by jason-210See all my reviews

I saw a dramatised 1 hour documentary of this accident on the Canadian Air Crash Invetsigations series "Mayday". The dramatised bits and interviews with passengers did a much better job of entertaining than this movie does, with the added bonus of conveying what really happened.

Instead of focusing on facts this film opts to go for 1970s disaster movie approach with casting, acting, set design, music and the invitable padding out with irrelevant sub-plots. The only thing that is missing is here Charton Heston but I guess he was too old by 1995 to pass as an airline Captain! Much of the dialogue between the crew in this movie is invented and they simply don't cut it as professional airmen. There is too much sighing and emotion, and too little professionalism. Most of the time they don't look like they are sitting a real cockpit, but a large wooden room in a studio.

Many of the events are exaggerated for sensational effect, and some events invented. This would be alright but it's poorly done and it just cheapens the movie. As do the invented dramatisations with passengers and crew.

I supposed it's a watchable film in is own right...I mean, I did watch it!

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