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Ground Control (1998)

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

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Richard Howard

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

No Radar. No Contact. No Control.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Tour de contrôle See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The captain of the last plane to land has a "meaningful" conversation with his co-pilot, while pretending to do some work around the cockpit after pulling up to the gate. He reaches forward to his instrument panel and with a flick of a switch turns the engines off. A jet engine can be shut off by pulling the fuel shutoff lever which is normally located under the throttle levers, which would be in the center console, between the captain and co-pilot. See more »

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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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Easy watching
8 March 2003 | by davejpSee all my reviews

Having just become a fan of "24" I bought this as a cheap DVD because of Kiefer Sutherland. Although the movie isn't an all time great it is certainly worth a watch. It won't tax you mentally but it isn't bad for a quiet night in with a beer and a pizza. Rating 7/10.


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