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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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Susan Stratton
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Amanda
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Sam
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Randy
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John Quinn
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Murray
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Shamaal
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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.


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

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26 August 1998 (Italy)  »

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Centrul de control  »

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This movie features several actors who had main roles on long running TV shows: Kiefer Sutherland (24), Michael Gross (Family Ties), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Robert Sean Leonard (House, M.D.), and Bruce McGill (Rizzoli & Isles). Margaret Cho was the star of the short lived All-American Girl, while Kristy Swanson starred in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was turned into a TV series, but she didn't reprise the role for it. See more »

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The 737 that has the emergency situation toward the end of the film changes between a Boeing 747 and a Boeing 737 several times when shown from the outside. 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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The most accurate view of ATC I've ever seen
10 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

As a real life instrument pilot and simulated air traffic controller, I can say this film presents the most realistic view of the trials and tribulations of a Center Controller I've ever seen. Sure they jazz up the sets a little, but the jargon, problems and other ATC details are right on.


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