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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

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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 ... 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Max Q: Emergency Landing See more »

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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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Total Crap.
24 June 2003 | by jaffakree340See all my reviews

I pity the cast of this film.

Apparently Jerry Too-Much-Testosterone Bruckheimer didn't get enough space action with Armageddon so he had to slap this piece of crap together in about two months and throw it into an empty timeslot on ABC for god knows what reason. This abomination is highly inaccurate, badly written, and a complete insult to anyone who knows anything about flying or the space program. NASA deciding the day before launch to send a reporter into space.......HA! Even the Russians wouldn't do that. And using a blowtorch in space? Who was their tech advisor, Baghdad Bob?

But aside from the technical neurosis, the film comes across as a cheap attempt at a modern day Apollo 13 and a tax shelter (probably left-over money from Armageddon, since they didn't hire real writers for that either). All in all, don't bother with this one. If you want a good modern space movie, check out Space Cowboys. At least that one didn't have you groaning every five seconds like this one did.


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