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Flight (2012)

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An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

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Robert Zemeckis

Writer:

John Gatins
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 42 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadine Velazquez ... Katerina Marquez
Denzel Washington ... Whip Whitaker
Carter Cabassa Carter Cabassa ... Son on Plane
Adam C. Edwards ... Father on Plane (as Adam Ciesielski)
Tamara Tunie ... Margaret Thomason
Brian Geraghty ... Ken Evans
Kelly Reilly ... Nicole
Conor O'Neill Conor O'Neill ... Kip
Charlie E. Schmidt ... Tiki Pot (as Charlie E. Schmidt Jr.)
Will Sherrod Will Sherrod ... Schecter
Boni Yanagisawa ... Camelia Satou
Adam Tomei Adam Tomei ... Fran
Dane Davenport ... Derek Hogue
John Crow ... Field Reporter
Bruce Greenwood ... Charlie Anderson
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Storyline

Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there's a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he was intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems... Written by Immanuel Ambhara

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El vuelo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,900,566, 4 November 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$93,772,375, 14 February 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$161,772,375, 14 February 2013
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Zemeckis' first live-action movie since Cast Away (2000), which also featured a plane crash. See more »

Goofs

The NTSB will not use "Act of God" as a reason for an aircraft accident. If the cause are not known with certainty they will state it as such, and list all possible causes. Also in this case the direct cause was a mechanical failure with underlying systematic failures as a root cause, obviating the need to refer to unknown causes or "Act of God" all together. See more »

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[last lines]
Will: This essay, the essay that I have to write, it's called, "The Most Fascinating Person That I've Never Met."
Whip: Okay.
Will: So,
[turns on his tape recorder]
Will: who are you?
Whip: That's a good question...
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With a Little Help From My Friends
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Can a man be both hero and criminal?
4 September 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Trailers might lead you to believe this is a film about flying. Or about an amazing flying feat. But it is all about the lead character, Captain "Whip" Whitaker (Denzel Washington), a man who is a pilot and an alcoholic. The flying and a terrible crash provide background for the story of this man, who has struggled with his illness for years.

In many ways the story is not that original. We have seen numerous stories about alcoholics and heard real-life testimonies of the behaviors that accompany alcoholism, and this film tracks with all of them.

It is worth seeing for the brilliant portrayal of Captain Whitaker and the performances of the other actors in the film. Some parts are difficult to watch because the acting is so engaging.

I also think the film raises some interesting questions that some viewers may not be willing to acknowledge. If one is an alcoholic, is the entire worth of that man nothing more than what his sickness drags him down to? Are we what we do? Can we rise above our neuroses or our worst behaviors? Often we see public figures condemned in media for indiscretions or harmful acts; is that, then, the measure of the man or woman?

The film, even if judged solely for its dramatic content, is worth seeing.


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