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A shuttle is launched into space to release a new satellite. When an explosion occurs the crew has to think of a way to get back to Earth without atmospheric pressure (max q) crushing the damaged shuttle.

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Michael Shapiro

Writers:

Marty Kaplan (teleplay), Robert J. Avrech (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Campbell ... Clay Jarvis (as Bill Campbell)
Paget Brewster ... Rena Winter
Ned Vaughn ... Scott Hines
Geoffrey Blake ... Jonah Randall
Tasha Smith ... Karen Daniels
Denis Arndt ... Don Mitchum
Christopher John Fields Christopher John Fields ... Elliot Henschel
Kevin McNulty ... Oz Gilbert (as Kevin Mcnulty)
Leslie Horan ... Melissa Hines
Chris Ellis ... Bob Matthews
Greg Michaels ... Rusty Porter
Peter Bryant ... John Daniels
Tracy New Tracy New ... Pierson
BJ Harrison ... Emily (as B.J. Harrison)
Neil Denis Neil Denis ... Michael Daniels
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A shuttle is launched into space to release a new satellite. When an explosion occurs the crew has to think of a way to get back to Earth without atmospheric pressure (max q) crushing the damaged shuttle.

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Taglines:

The Ultimate Test of Courage

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Max Q: Emergency Landing See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Max Q is indeed the point of maximum dynamic pressure on a vehicle during launch. It's also the name of the rock band whose members are all astronauts. See more »

Goofs

John Daniels refers to 17,500 miles per hour as "escape velocity". 17,500 miles per hour is standard low earth orbit velocity, considerably lower than Earth's escape velocity, which is approximately 25,000 miles per hour. See more »

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Pointless and moronic in the extreme
21 September 2003 | by drxymSee all my reviews

Obviously the writers of this mulch had this brief - "Imagine Apollo 13 but on the shuttle with a sexy imperiled crew trying to get back to earth". If this sounds stupid, that is because it is.

Throw in some dreadful special effects, a low budget, a total disregard for reality & physics and a plot which consists of one over the top crisis after the next and a happy ending. The actors however do make the best of a bad situation, but this one is a total dud.


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