A disgraced former air traffic controller is called back into service when the airport's traffic control system malfunctions.


Richard Howard


Talaat Captan (story), Robert Moreland (story) | 2 more credits »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kiefer Sutherland ... Jack Harris
Bruce McGill ... T.C. Bryant
Kristy Swanson ... Julie Albrecht
Robert Sean Leonard ... Cruise
Kelly McGillis ... Susan Stratton
Margaret Cho ... Amanda
Ruben Paul ... Sam
Charles Fleischer ... Randy
Henry Winkler ... John Quinn
Farrah Forke ... Laura Franklin
Michael Gross ... Murray
Vito D'Ambrosio ... Weather Analyst
Jack Plotnick ... Curtis
Mike Kimmel ... Pudgy
Brian George ... Shamaal


Chicago air traffic controller Jack Harris is a wreck with guilt nightmares after a major airplane crash that killed all 174 aboard. He gives up the job and designs air traffic control games in Phoenix. Five years later, his ex-colleague T.C. Bryant, also transferred to Phoenix, desperately asks him to help out short-term, given desperate staff shortage on New Year's Eve with a bad storm predicted. A power outage hits, and the storm has caused their workload to multiply. Colleagues welcome him in very different states of mind but he quickly proves his capabilities, alas then the fatal memories start creeping up again: will his lack of self-confidence cause another drama? Written by KGF Vissers / DA77

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No Radar. No Contact. No Control.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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This movie takes place at an airport and featured Farrah Forke, who was on the show Wings, which also takes place in an airport. See more »


During the time that the computers and radios are not working, a shot of the control room is shown with the screens and indicator lights operational. The next time the control room is shown, everything is off again. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: On an average day above the United States, over 200,000 aircraft carry more than 2,000,000 people guided by less than 3,000 air traffic controllers.
Title Card: "My biggest fear? When you've done all you can do and you still have to listen as the image disappears from your screen." - Air Traffic Controller, Los Angeles En Route Center
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Good movie
20 February 2020 | by gibsonb74See all my reviews

Who cares about technical inaccuracies of radio jargon or airplane details. The majority of watchers do not know and dont care. To me the only thing that is a little bit unbelievable is how the airport could have "too many planes coming in." Dont they have control of that? Anyway, it's a good show with a good outcome, even if somewhat predictable.

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Release Date:

26 August 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Ground Control See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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| (Showtime)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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