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Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 21 April 2005 (Argentina)
The film tells the story prior to the accident LAPA Boeing 737 on 31 August 1999 after hitting an embankment in central Buenos Aires, killing 67 people. Directed and performed by a former ... See full summary »

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Enrique Piñeyro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Piñeyro Enrique Piñeyro ... T
Mercedes Morán ... Marcela
Alejandro Awada ... Gonzalo
Adolfo Yanelli ... Fiscal
Carlos Portaluppi ... Gordo
Martin Slipak ... Little T
Sergio Boris Sergio Boris ... Adrián
Martín Adjemián ... De Angelis
Miguel Dedovich Miguel Dedovich ... Comodoro Trapattoni
Humberto Serrano Humberto Serrano ... New Manager
Marcos Woinsky ... Comandante
Mucio Manchini Mucio Manchini ... Luigi (as Luis Mancini)
Silvina Bosco Silvina Bosco ... Psychiatrist
Gabo Correa Gabo Correa ... Marcela's Husband
Gabriel Molinelli Gabriel Molinelli ... President of the Table
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Storyline

The film tells the story prior to the accident LAPA Boeing 737 on 31 August 1999 after hitting an embankment in central Buenos Aires, killing 67 people. Directed and performed by a former pilot of the same company, this film reveals a complex web of complicity between the Air Force and the company to circumvent security controls in order to obtain greater economic benefit in operations.

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Aquafilms | MK2 [France]

Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

21 April 2005 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Виски Ромео Зулу See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$596,167
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

From 01:35:50 for about 20 seconds you can see the fateful airplane accelerate down the runway with the flaps completely retracted. This is exactly what happened to the real WRZ flight and caused the takeoff to fail. It is a deadly practice and must have been staged exclusively for that scene to be shot. No doubt the plane deployed the reverse thrusters and brakes to slow down before the end of the runway after the shot ended. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, the mishap aircraft is starting its takeoff roll, you can hear the engines spooling up, ie increasing power. The scene then cuts away to the investigator listening to the black box recordings, then back to the aircraft already rolling. In the second sequence with the aircraft, you can again hear the engines spooling up. They should have already been at takeoff power. See more »

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Must see (when you can!)
25 April 2005 | by Tano-VSee all my reviews

First, sorry for my poor English, as it is not my native language. The movie is a rare gem in Argentine filmography. Thrillers, action and movies that are mainly on complex machines are not typically filmed or produced by Latin American countries, even when the subject of the movie may have taken place in these latitudes (Alive! was filmed by Canadians in Canada on an epic true story that took place in the Argentinian-Chilean Andes). So, this is a denounce of the epidemic corruption in the Argentina of the 90', told by the man that plays as himself and revives for us some of the same ordeals he lived in real life when he was an airline captain. THIS is the unique thing about this movie. It is very well done, and as pilot, I can tell that the technical side is perfect. No cheap or even expensive mock ups. All is real. The simulator sessions are simulator sessions, and the airborne scenes are filmed during real flying in the cockpit (except a passenger cabin short scene, that I read was filmed in a crew training mock up). Excellent photography that immerse the spectator in places that earth bound mortals do not usually visit. No wonder why this movie won so many prizes: apart from the political and critical intentions, it is a good example that excellent products of this kind can be made without zillions.


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