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A Wing and a Prayer (1998)

An air-traffic controller (Claudia Christian) faces the challenge of her career when she is forced to guide a disabled airplane to safety, unaware that her husband is aboard.


Paul Wendkos


Michael Ahnemann (story), Michael Ahnemann (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudia Christian ... Shelley Lowe
Jeff Yagher ... Jack Lowe
Jessica Tuck ... LaVaughn
Christopher Cousins ... Evan Lansing
Leon Russom ... Vernon Spencer
Jim Metzler ... Will
Judith Scott ... Harriet
Efrain Figueroa ... Ben Ortiz
Christian Bocher ... Burt
Philip Moon ... Beastmaster
Jim Abele ... Blaisdell
Peter Spellos ... Grizzly
Robert Curtis Brown ... Deparle (as Robert Curtis-Brown)
Shawn Pyfrom ... Justin
Cynthia Mace ... Lisa Parmenter


An air-traffic controller (Claudia Christian) faces the challenge of her career when she is forced to guide a disabled airplane to safety, unaware that her husband is aboard.

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22 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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Orage sur la tour de contrôle See more »

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After the co-pilot lowered the landing gear and confirmed it is locked, several exterior shots show the plane still with the landing gear up. See more »


References Airport 1975 (1974) See more »

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Say a prayer - don't watch this movie
1 September 2004 | by kamy_22See all my reviews

Air traffic controllers are proffessionals doing a high pressure job where other people would buckle under the pressure. They are higly trained coping with massive responsibility and do a great job. This movie does no justice to these hard working folks.

The writing team have no idea how air traffic controllers work, otherwise they would never have made so many mistakes. The head controller starts bawling her eyes out when she finds out her husband is on the flight, talk about being cool under pressure. And then she leaves her post to greet her husband at the runway (dont forget there are other planes stacked up in the sky at this time). How unproffessional and selfish is this woman?!

The pilots are asking the husband (an air traffic controller) what to do (pilots are trained for emergencies). Also the husbands hair must be covered with buckets of gel for his hair to stay in place during the ordeal.

The passengers on this plane are very calm when they see the wing on fire - surprisingly there is no "Airplane" style mass hysteria in this movie!

The plane lands, aquaplanes and does a 360 spin - The passengers make an emergency exit and then stand a few metres away from the plane gawping - the plane was on fire - it could still blow up!

The really awful aspect of this movies is that eight members have given this movie a ten star rating!! They probably believe that this is how Air Traffic controllers and pilots do their jobs - the writer of this movie should do us a favour and strap himself onto the wing of the plane and say a prayer.

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