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Red Eye (2005)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Thriller | 19 August 2005 (USA)
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A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.


Wes Craven


Carl Ellsworth (screenplay), Carl Ellsworth (story) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel McAdams ... Lisa Reisert
Cillian Murphy ... Jackson Rippner
Brian Cox ... Joe Reisert
Laura Johnson ... Blonde Woman
Max Kasch ... Headphone Kid
Jayma Mays ... Cynthia
Angela Paton ... Nice Lady
Suzie Plakson ... Senior Flight Attendant
Jack Scalia ... Charles Keefe
Terry Press Terry Press ... Marianne Taylor (as Teresa Press-Marx)
Robert Pine ... Bob Taylor
Carl Gilliard ... Taxi Driver
Mary Kathleen Gordon ... Airline Representative (as Mary-Kathleen Gordon)
Loren Lester ... Irate Passenger
Philip Pavel ... Dallas Ticket Agent


This is the story of a young resourceful heroine named Lisa Reisert who hates to fly, but the terror that awaits her on the night flight to Miami has nothing to do with a fear of flying! Upon boarding the plane, Lisa is trapped on a red-eye flight with a creepy villainous handsome and charming man by the name of Jackson Rippner, who's playing middle-man in the plot to assassinate a Homeland Security official. He's got her father pinned down by a would-be killer, using that advantage to coerce Lisa into phoning the luxury resort where she works and arranging to move the target into a pre-set position. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fear Takes Flight


Mystery | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence, and language | See all certifications »

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English | Russian

Release Date:

19 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Airport See more »


Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,167,662, 21 August 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The trailer deliberately starts off like a romantic comedy before revealing itself to be a thriller. See more »


As they approach the gate to board the aircraft, we can see a tri-jet through the window. This would be a Boeing 727, McDonnell Douglas DC-10 or Lockheed L-1011. Once aboard the plane, the interior is that of a Boeing 767. Shots of the plane taxiing are of an Airbus A320. Take-off and landing shots show a Boeing 737. Exterior shots of the plane in flight are of a Boeing 737. See more »


[first lines]
Marianne Taylor: Taylor. Bob and Marianne Taylor.
Cynthia: Just bear with me one second.
Marianne Taylor: There are other hotels in Miami.
Cynthia: I'm sorry.
Marianne Taylor: What is the problem? We made these reservations over six months ago.
Cynthia: I know, ma'am, I'm just not seeing it.
Marianne Taylor: Well, where's Lisa? Lisa always takes care of us.
Cynthia: I know, ma'am. She's out of town. Her grandmother passed away.
Bob Taylor: Cynthia, is it?
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Suspense and thriller into airplane by the great Wes Craven
14 February 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film talks about two people(Rachel McAdams,Cillian Murphy) who meet one night very late in the airport,catching a Red-eye.The story is the worst plane ride you could ever take.The place on the airplane where everything is compressed but that really contributes to the sense of claustrophobic,creeping terror, it's this struggle ,all contained within the coach section of the plane. This is the story of the worst person you could sit next to on a plane.The excitement is generated out of this compelling conversation between two individuals that start off innocent enough but then suddenly devolves.The psychological mind-play between these two characters and what it is to have to sit in one spot and be terrorized and basically held hostage,she and his father(Brian Cox) without letting anyone else know what's going on.Wes Craven said that he was attracted to this project ,first of all for the remarkably constructed script written by Carl Ellsworth.Thus the characters are complex,when you think you know what's gonna happen something else happens and the fascinating idea is that you never know who who you're going to sit next to on an airplane.The screenwriter does a character piece,and ,in a way ,maybe he creates a hybrid of the independent character film and Hollywood action blockbuster,thus we can have a character-driver piece,but also have suspense,thriller,action elements in it as well.

The movie was filmed principally in Los Angeles.All of the airplane shot were on a set,but there was no way in hell one could shot this on a real airplane.Craven had an airplane that could take apart,it could pull sections off of the side and it could pull out panels and have a camera swoop down aisles and go up over people.Production design by Bruce Miller worked for Craven on many films,he creates splendidly the scenes that he needs to tell the story,the look of movie is just wanted to keep it as real as possible.He decided to go with the two-three seating pattern which is a 767 airplane and took pieces from many airplanes and put them together in this format with overhead baggage compartments,lighting,the seats and various pieces.We have a feeling you're in this capsule at 30.000 feet in the air .There's one shot where we see a tiny plane going through these huge clouds banks and you have the feeling they're in this tiny ship in the middle of nowhere.It's the old horror film thing of all these things happen in the middle of nowhere. The motion picture displays a colorful cinematography by Robert Yeoman and atmospheric musical by Marco Beltrani.The film is magnificently directed by the master of terror Wes Craven .

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