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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 ... 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight 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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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the elevator with the small child, as Whip wipes his nose, a muzak version of The Beatles' "With a little help from my friends," can be heard. The verse begins, "I get high with a little help from my friends," right after Whip's friend gets him high. See more »

Goofs

When Whip asks Nicole where she lives she says "the Georgian Terraces," but her room is in the Georgian Gardens. The Georgian Terrace (singular) is a venerable hotel where actors often stay when they're filming in Atlanta. See more »

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Trevor: My name's Trevor. You saved my mom.
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Sympathy for the Devil
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Flight review
11 February 2015 | by mattgammon-97-695445See all my reviews

With Flight, director Robert Zemeckis has made a solid, unshowy character drama, the kind of film cinema-goers of a certain age will tell you the studios don't really make any more. It reminds me a little of an Eastwood movie - specifically, with Eastwood in his capacity as a film director, that is. It's a sober piece about a man's moral choices, built around a creditable central performance from Denzel Washington as Whip Whitaker – an alcoholic pilot who, still drunk and high from the night before, manages to land his airplane after a mechanical failure sends it into a 4,800 ft dive. The crash itself is amazing; a 10- minute nose dive, with Zemeckis barely moving his camera out of the cockpit. Whitaker emerges a hero – "you're a rock star" – before he is called to account. "Death demands responsibility," Don Cheadle's lawyer explains. "Six people died. Someone is to blame." Flight is essentially a study an intelligent man living in denial. The film revolves entirely around Washington: sweaty, puffy, slow- eyed when down, very much The Man when the booze and the coke kick in. Zemeckis – who hasn't directed a live action film since 2000's Cast Away – shoots the film as straight as possible. But that's not to say it's without wit. There are artfully handled moral ambiguities here: could Whitaker have saved that plane if he hadn't been blasted on vodka and cocaine?

This movie was a blast to work on. I was a stunt double and had a great time on set. I love the final product.


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