5.7/10
618
26 user 2 critic

Freefall: Flight 174 (1995)

Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 (original title)
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.

Director:

Jorge Montesi

Writers:

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

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Hijacked: Flight 285 (TV Movie 1996)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A convicted murderer is escorted by marshals on a regular flight from Phoenix to Dallas. Shortly after take-off, two of his aides, traveling as ordinary passengers, take control of the ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Correll
Stars: Susan Batten, James Brolin, Michael Gross
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Towards the icebreaker "Mikhail Gromov" is moving a huge iceberg. Leaving from collision, the ship falls into the ice trap and is forced to drift near the coast of Antarctica.

Director: Nikolay Khomeriki
Stars: Pyotr Fyodorov, Sergey Puskepalis, Aleksandr Pal
Dangerous Child (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A divorced mother faces the bitter irony of being suspected of child abuse when in fact her own teen son is taking verbal and physical swipes at her.

Director: Graeme Campbell
Stars: Delta Burke, Ryan Merriman, Vyto Ruginis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

INSPIRED BY THE TRUE STORY On the eve of the Challenger explosion in 1986 one engineer goes to the extreme to stop the launch. This hot-headed engineer makes a desperate race against the ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan VonMinden
Stars: Eric Hanson, Cameron Arnett, Gerald Brodin
Sometimes They Come Back (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man and his family return to his hometown, where he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Robert Rusler
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When a passenger plane crashes after a bomb scare, there are many unanswered questions, which can only be attributed to "pilot error". The pilot's wife, Diane Halstead, is convinced her ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Cheryl Ladd, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frederick Coffin
Miracle Landing (TV Movie 1990)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A passenger jet loses a portion of its fuselage in flight over Hawaii and is forced to make an emergency landing.

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Connie Sellecca, Wayne Rogers, Ana Alicia
Patriot Games (1992)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When CIA analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A passenger of a hijacked airliner who happens to be an airplane engineer works to deactivate a chemical weapons bomb after the hijackers kill the pilot and threaten to kill all the passengers on the plane.

Director: David Mackay
Stars: Craig Sheffer, Tom Berenger, Jennifer Beals
Nowhere to Land (TV Movie 2000)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A pilot must safely land a 747 on which deadly nerve gas has been planted.

Director: Armand Mastroianni
Stars: Jack Wagner, Christine Elise, James Sikking
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After being shot, a man loses his memory and must relearn speech and mobility, but he has a loving family to support him.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Harrison Ford, Annette Bening, Michael Haley
Dead Calm (1989)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

It's the summer of 1983. 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Freefall: Flight 174 See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The real names of three key individuals - Bob Pearson, Maurice Quintal, and Rick Dion - and their families were retained for the movie, but the names of other people as well as the airline and the flight number were changed. It was really Air Canada flight 143. See more »

Goofs

Prior to the breakdown of flight 174, the altimeter in the cockpit reads 21,960 feet. The next shot shows the ATC radar screen, with the altitude of flight 174 reading 33,500 feet. See more »

Quotes

[small talk between the first officer and a flight attendant]
Maurice Quintal: How's things in the cabin? Busy?
Florence Bisaillon: [chuckles] It's less than half-full! But I prefer when it's so busy. Then, I can't stop. Time goes by faster.
Maurice Quintal: Well, you wouldn't get to enjoy the flight, eh?
Florence Bisaillon: That's fine by me. I hate flying.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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!


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed