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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 »

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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 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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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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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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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Before the collision, Drake repeatedly calls the cargo plane on the radio and gets no response. Afterwards neither he nor anyone else mentions this. See more »

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Blackout Effect: Decent effort
4 February 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Going into Blackout Effect (Otherwise known as 747) I expected yet another plane related disaster flick. You know the ones, where there is something wrong with a plane and it's down to the crew and those on the ground to guide them home.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that it's not, it's a perfectly watchable little thriller.

It tells the story of an air traffic controller who appears to make a mistake and causes two planes to collide. But the more investigation is done into the matter the more it appears there is more to the story.

Starring Eric "I was almost Marty McFly" Stoltz and underrated Charles Martin Smith this thriller managed to get my attention from the get go. Truth be told it does get a tad far fetched by the end but never goes too far.

Well written and tense this is well worth anyones time despite not being groundbreaking.

The Good:

Great idea

Decent performances

The Bad:

Hit and miss in places

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Air traffic controller jobs look insanely stressful


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