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Pandora's Clock 

A man infected with a deadly virus boards Quantum Airlines flight 66 in Frankfurt, Germany. The US government must stop the plane before it lands at JFK International Airport.




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Series cast summary:
Richard Dean Anderson ...  Capt. James Holland 2 episodes, 1996
Daphne Zuniga ...  Dr. Roni Sanders 2 episodes, 1996
Jane Leeves ...  Rachel Sherwood 2 episodes, 1996
Richard Lawson ...  Capt. Daniel Robb 2 episodes, 1996
Stephen Root ...  Mark Hastings 2 episodes, 1996
Tim Grimm Tim Grimm ...  CIA Agent Steve Ellis 2 episodes, 1996
Edward Herrmann ...  President 2 episodes, 1996
Robert Guillaume ...  Ambassador Lee Lancaster 2 episodes, 1996
Robert Loggia ...  CIA Director Jonathan Roth 2 episodes, 1996
Jerry Hardin ...  Rev. Garson Wilson 2 episodes, 1996
Kurt Fuller ...  Chet Walters 2 episodes, 1996
Jennifer Savidge Jennifer Savidge ...  Barb Rollins 2 episodes, 1996
Kate Hodge ...  Brenda Hopkins 2 episodes, 1996
Scott Bryce ...  Keith Erickson 2 episodes, 1996
Penny Peyser ...  Lisa Erickson 2 episodes, 1996
Wolf Muser ...  Dr. Zeitner 2 episodes, 1996
Vladimir Kulich ...  Yuri 2 episodes, 1996
Ross Shafer Ross Shafer 2 episodes, 1996
Byrne Piven 2 episodes, 1996
Grant Goodeve ...  Don Moses 2 episodes, 1996
Stephen Godwin Stephen Godwin 2 episodes, 1996
Michael Winters ...  Professor Ernest Helms 2 episodes, 1996
John Considine ...  Dr. Turnheir 2 episodes, 1996
Darryl Scott Darryl Scott ...  Darnell Howard 2 episodes, 1996
Sheila Scott Sheila Scott ...  Elderly Woman 2 episodes, 1996
Mark Schwotzer Mark Schwotzer ...  Roger Stallings 2 episodes, 1996
Teru McDonald Teru McDonald ...  Amanda Lynch 2 episodes, 1996
Dick Arnold Dick Arnold ...  Dr. Irwin Seward 2 episodes, 1996
Jane Jones Jane Jones ...  Press Secretary 2 episodes, 1996
Heidi Turner Heidi Turner ...  Michelle Kingery 2 episodes, 1996
Michael David Simms Michael David Simms ...  Col. Nasher 2 episodes, 1996
Ballard McFarlane Ballard McFarlane ...  Bonham 2 episodes, 1996
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Mark Chamberlain Mark Chamberlain ...  Sloan 2 episodes, 1996
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Quantum Airlines flight 66 has just taken off from Frankfurt, Germany bound for New York's JFK International Airport with 247 passengers aboard. After take-off, a man infected with a Doomsday Virus passes out while a flight attendant and doctor try to save the man. The pilot tries to land the plane but can't because the people on the ground know about the virus. An ambassador and his secretary help the pilot struggle through the government's secret attempt to shoot flight 66 out of the air. And if the plane does land, Doomsday has arrived on earth. Written by Gustaf Molin <gustaf.molin@usa.net>

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and a brief sexual innuendo | See all certifications »






Release Date:

10 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destination inconnue See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The oval office set was built originally for Dave (1993). See more »


While in the Frankfurt Germany airport, there are Southwest Airline planes visible from the window (Southwest doesn't fly international routes). See more »


CIA Director Jonathan Roth: [Roth's corollary to Newton's law] Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion. Bodies at rest tend to be left behind.
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First Rate Suspense Film
25 October 2005 | by timdalton007See all my reviews

Pandora's Clock is among the best thrillers you will ever read and this is one of the best thrillers you will ever see. A highly faithful adaptation of John J. Nance's novel ,which had a frightfully real scenario in the novel,is made even more so here.

Despite being made for TV, this is first rate entertainment. The cast is great and slips into characters from the novel so well that you would think they were reading the novel. Richard Dean Anderson steps way outside the shadow of Macgyver and gives the best performance of his career to date. Jane Leeves is great her role as an ambassador's assistant in a role that proves she can be a fine dramatic actor. Daphne Zuniga is great as Dr. Sanders and despite the character being a man in the book, it works incredibly well. Robert Loggia, Edward Herrmann, Robert Guillaume, and the rest of the supporting cast are top notch and fit their novel counterparts tot he letter.

There are changes to the story of course (including and a slight change in the ending) but those changes are for the better when compared with the novel. The plot is realistic and very see to believe in the way its presented making this the best airplane set movie since the original Airport movie. The production values are high and though the special effects might look as good as they did a decade or so ago, they work fine. Sets are great, especially CIA HQ and the Oval Office showing that the filmmakers spent a lot of time to make this work.

It doesn't matter if you see this first and read then read the novel or vice versa. Just do both and you won't regret losing four hours to this film and however long it takes to read the novel. This will leave you breathless.

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