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Grounding - The Last Days of Swissair (2006)

Grounding - Die letzten Tage der Swissair (original title)
The demise of airline Swissair in 2001 was a huge blow to Switzerland's economy and to the country's morale. It was a sad day for Swiss history when the airline's fleet was grounded on 2 ... See full summary »

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Michael Steiner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hanspeter Müller Hanspeter Müller ... Mario Corti (as Hanspeter Müller Drossaart)
Gilles Tschudi ... Marcel Ospel
László I. Kish ... Moritz Suter
Rainer Guldener Rainer Guldener ... Lukas Mühlemann
Katharina von Bock Katharina von Bock ... Jacqualyn Fouse
Michael Neuenschwander ... André Dosé
Ueli Jäggi Ueli Jäggi ... Alberto Togni
Georg Scharegg ... Georges Schorderet
Walter Hess Walter Hess ... Kaspar Villiger
Niklaus Scheibli Niklaus Scheibli ... Peter Siegenthaler
Peter Jecklin Peter Jecklin ... Rico Prader
Helmut Förnbacher ... Paul Stucki
Andrea Bettini Andrea Bettini ... Christian Boomer
Daniel Rohr Daniel Rohr ... Manfred Brennwald
Pasquale Aleardi ... Peter Landolt
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The demise of airline Swissair in 2001 was a huge blow to Switzerland's economy and to the country's morale. It was a sad day for Swiss history when the airline's fleet was grounded on 2 October 2001. "Grounding" is set during the last days of the doomed airline, and tells the story of manager Mario A. Corti's unhappy fate, the last, unlucky CEO at the traditional airline company, as well as of all those nameless people who lost almost everything in the maelstrom of Swissair's downfall: their job, home and their belief in Switzerland. Written by swissfilms.ch

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Country:

Switzerland

Release Date:

19 January 2006 (Switzerland) See more »

Also Known As:

Grounding - Gli Ultimi Giorni di Swissair See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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$4,624,306
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The film plays in 2001, however several characters drive Volkswagen Phaeton limos, which were not sold until 2002. See more »

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Features Arena (1993) See more »

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Dramatic Countdown
8 October 2006 | by Luigi Di PillaSee all my reviews

GROUNDING shows the story from the great air flag of our country which became a nightmare and that didn't never have the chance to get the emergency exit.

I didn't see GROUNDING in the theaters because there were long rows so I forgot this movie until I heard from an ex Swissair stewardess that she watched it and she found it very dramatic with full of emotions. In fact it touched me very deeply too and I recommend it to everyone that like air planes movies.

The picture was well done and I never got bored from start to the end. All the actors did a great job here and the director succeeded to tell all in a very dramatic countdown. What I didn't like therefore was that the story has been set up with a good and a bad guy that doesn't match at all the real events that happened before the definitive catastrophe.

I was impressed when I saw the SWISSAIR headquarter of Balsberg near the airport of Zurich where I spent a banking workshop last year. I realize now how hot the situation really was there and all the economical fights the management had to affront in this building. I was pleased to watch the Gate Gourmet employee called Luigi Dini in the film that was my partner in this workshop. All in all I give a 7/10.


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