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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadine Velazquez ... Katerina Marquez
Denzel Washington ... Whip Whitaker
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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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

When Captain Whip's phone goes off in the opening scene at the hotel room, the song "Alcohol" by the Barenaked Ladies is featured. This foreshadows his alcoholism in the rest of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Whip is in the bar and orders and orange juice and a double Stoli, the bartender only serves him a single. The standard US shot is 1.5oz (47ml) and takes three seconds to pour with a standard shot pour, which is exactly how long it took the bartender to pour. It's also evident that there is only a single shot in the glass. See more »

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Hugh Lang: Now, an initial report shows you had alcohol in your system at a level of point-two-four. Now in the good ol' US of A, one of the most lenient drunk driving countries in the world, you go to jail for driving with anything above point oh-eight. And by driving, I mean a car.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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What's Going On
Written by Renaldo Benson, Al Cleveland (as Alfred Cleveland) & Marvin Gaye
Performed by Marvin Gaye
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Surprised
14 July 2014 | by KurienteSee all my reviews

I am an aircraft mechanic, so admittedly I have trouble watching a movie which will undoubtedly abuse reality in terms of physics and aircraft design. I recall seeing previews for this and being stunned at the laughable scenario of an inverted passenger plane. That experience dropped my expectation to essentially zero.

When I watched this film I was surprised in two ways. Firstly, the scenario was more plausible than I had given it credit. Inverted flight is a problem for most planes because of aerodynamics. And while some aircraft are aerodynamically capable of inverted flight (even some passenger planes) it is additionally a problem because hydraulic and engine oil systems are often gravity fed. This means that if a plane is able to fly this way, most of them won't fly for long before systems begin to fail. The film did a reasonable job of portraying this as the plane was just barely able to sustain level flight with a full pitch down elevator position and displayed low engine oil press warnings which led to engine fire. I suspect the roll maneuver would require more altitude than the film suggests...but otherwise it's not far from what could happen in reality if this was actually attempted. Most engine fire T-handles are designed to instantly shut fuel and bleed air valves for an engine...which doesn't seem to happen here, but that was my biggest realism gripe.

My second surprise is that this movie has very little to do with aviation. Aviation seems to be the setting for the story, but the subject itself is substance abuse. The story could have just as easily been set around a bus driver or a ship captain. Given the fact that aviation was merely a setting for the story I have to give credit to the film makers for paying at least some attention to realism.

I thought the story was fascinating. It's the sort of film that requires something of the viewer. You can't watch this without making moral judgements and that process requires each viewer to evaluate how they feel about certain subjects. The story creates just enough moral dilemma to get people thinking and any story that can succeed in that gets a pass from me.


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