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Hijacked: Flight 285 (1996)

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 »


Charles Correll


David E. Peckinpah (as David Peckinpah)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Batten Susan Batten ... Kim Paulsen
James Brolin ... Ron Showman
Michael Gross ... Ben Horner
Anthony Michael Hall ... Peter Cronin
Perry King ... Frank Leyton
Casey Sander ... Steve Paulsen
Ally Sheedy ... Deni Patton
Barbara Stock ... Veronica Mitchell
Hudson Leick ... Shayna Loring
James Lancaster ... Andrew Leary
Earle Hyman ... Wayne Edwards
Montrose Hagins ... Helen
David Graf ... Alcoholic
Kim Miyori ... Barbara
Kyla Pratt Kyla Pratt ... Megan Paulsen


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 flight and free him. He demands 20 million dollars in bonds upon landing. And a sick passenger, bad weather or mechanical problems won't stop him. Written by Sergio Ortega

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One man with a bomb playing a deadly game. 250 passengers with their lives at stake. See more »


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Ally Sheedy and Anthony Michael Hall both appeared in The Breakfast Club. See more »


The pilot's wardrobe is off. Neither have a shoulder bar showing their rank and Showman (James Brolin) is wearing a jacket the entire flight. Most pilots would not wear their jacket during flight. See more »


Andrew Leary: [on his background] My mother buried four of my brothers before my teens
Ben Horn: So how long before they threw you out?
Andrew Leary: Well sense sank in long before they kicked me out
Ben Horn: [with contempt] So now you travel around selling your services to the highest bidder!
Andrew Leary: [direct] It's good money... and I get to see the world
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Remember That This Is A TV Movie And Set Your Expectations Accordingly
29 October 2018 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Do keep in mind that this isn't a big budget Hollywood production. It was a made for TV movie intended to give a couple of hours of entertainment while you sit on the couch watching the tube in the days before Netflix and Amazon, etc. It needs to be judged by that standard. And looked at it in that way, it's passable. It's reasonably suspenseful, although not especially original. It's another hijack movie that depends on all sorts of things: somehow the prisoner being escorted on a commercial flight managed to get word out to his accomplices of exactly which flight he was going to be on. And it depends on the FBI agents guarding him being complete dunces who seem far too easily overcome. But you have to accept all that or you won't have a movie. Somehow the hijackers have to take over the plane, after all. So - OK. I thought the performances here were just a little bit bland - there seemed to be surprisingly little emotion from those portraying the passengers, who you'd think would be a little more panicky at the presence of three hijackers, all of whom have guns and one of whom has a bomb? But there's intrigue in how this is all going to play out that was sufficiently interesting to keep me watching.

Now, I've found that every TV movie of this type has some sort of sub-theme going on. Here, there were a whole lot of variations on what you might call the complexities of male-female relationships. One of the passengers has a tense relationship with his wife. The head FBI agent on the ground has a complicated relationship with the female hostage negotiator. The leader of the hijackers has his lover among his accomplices, and she's a little too kind for his tastes every now and then. The female pilot and male co-pilot of the plane are former lovers who find sharing the cockpit a bit awkward. There was just a lot of this - and it was very noticeable and even a little bit funny.

I didn't find this to be a bad movie; I didn't feel at all as if I had wasted my time by watching it. (6/10)

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4 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panique sur le vol 285 See more »

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