The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Nightmare at 20,000 Feet 

A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Richard Matheson, Rod Serling (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Bob Wilson
Christine White ... Julia Wilson
Ed Kemmer ... Flight Engineer (as Edward Kemmer)
Asa Maynor ... Stewardess
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Storyline

Bob Wilson is on a flight when he sees a creature of some sort out on the wing of the aircraft. He's only recently recovered from a nervous breakdown and isn't sure that what he is seeing is real. Every time someone else looks out the window, the creature hides from view. When the creature begins to tamper with one of the engines he begs his wife to tell the pilots to keep an eye on the engines. If they see nothing, he agrees to commit himself to an asylum when they arrive at their destination. His paranoia drives him to a desperate act. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

This episode featured two space heroes - one past and one future. William Shatner was two years away from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). And Ed Kemmer, who played the flight engineer, a decade earlier starred in Space Patrol (1950) as Commander Buzz Corry. See more »

Goofs

The plane from the outside appeared to be a twin-engined Convair 240/340/440, but from the inside was a four-engined DC-6 or DC-7. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [opening Narration] Portrait of a frightened man: Mr. Robert Wilson, thirty-seven, husband, father, and salesman on sick leave. Mr. Wilson has just been discharged from a sanitarium where he spent the last six months recovering from a nervous breakdown, the onset of which took place on an evening not dissimilar to this one, on an airliner very much like the one in which Mr. Wilson is about to be flown home - the difference being that, on that evening half a year ago, Mr. Wilson's flight was ...
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Connections

Referenced in Transformers Prime: Persuasion (2013) See more »

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Shatner at his finest
22 May 2019 | by UniqueParticleSee all my reviews

Gripping masterful darkness in the beginning prime of horror! Absolutely brilliant fear inducing mind blogging episode to the core; nice to see William Shatner so young too.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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