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Blackout Effect (1998)

TV-PG | | Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 4 January 1998
There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash,... See full summary »

Director:

Jeff Bleckner

Writer:

Matthew Bombeck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Stoltz ... John Dantley
Charles Martin Smith ... Henry Drake
Denis Arndt ... Frank Wyatt
Leslie Hope ... Karen
Lorraine Toussaint ... Kim Garfield
Andy Comeau ... Tim Connors
Tucker Smallwood ... Harold
Joe Guzaldo Joe Guzaldo ... Dan Lafia
Jeff Williams ... Paul Roth
Nancy Hower ... Lori
Michael Mantell ... Stephen Royer
Jeff Allin ... William Kennedy
Alexandra Hedison ... Catherine Parmel
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Brian Mack
Jack Stehlin ... Jim Travis
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Storyline

There has been a mid-air collision involving a passenger jet and a cargo flight, killing everyone aboard the two planes. The NTSB investigator in charge, whose girlfriend died in the crash, is puzzled. On one side, the air traffic controller claims he lost radar contact with the cargo plane shortly before impact, when his screen "blacked out." On the other side, everyone else, including the controller's bosses and the media, put the blame on human error. The truth is soon to be uncovered, as the aging air traffic control facilities are on the verge of failing right in the middle of the busy Thanksgiving season. Written by Sergio Ortega

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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A scene where Eric Stoltz is looking at aircraft wreckage, the reflection of the camera and a crewmember can be seen in the lens of his sunglasses. See more »

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Good idea, bad movie
27 September 1998 | by airodysseySee all my reviews

The idea of the movie is quite good to me: finding a quick responsible for a mid-air collision (in this case, the air traffic controller). However, it was not exploited correctly. The entire movie is full of technical mistakes regarding the aviation and air traffic control domain. This shows that the producers didn't care about their lack of information. Also, the actors do not seem very sincere unfortunately.

As to conclude, the entire movie is not worth watching it.


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Official Sites:

NBC Official Web Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackout See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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