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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Katerina Marquez
... Whip Whitaker
... Son on Plane
... Father on Plane (as Adam Ciesielski)
... Margaret Thomason
... Ken Evans
... Nicole
Conor O'Neill ... Kip
... Tiki Pot (as Charlie E. Schmidt Jr.)
Will Sherrod ... Schecter
... Camelia Satou
Adam Tomei ... Fran
... Derek Hogue
... Field Reporter
... 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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Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, language, sexuality/nudity and an intense action sequence | See all certifications »

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2 November 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El vuelo  »

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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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Trivia

In High Road to China (1983), the character of Patrick O'Malley (Tom Selleck) drinks heavily, and flies a plane while hungover, even flying it upside-down. These combined story elements are performed by Denzel Washington in this movie as well. See more »

Goofs

The NTSB does not do toxicology tests on flight attendants. Additionally, if Whip had the drug problem shown in the movie, the FAA mandated random drug screenings of pilots would have caught him before it got to the point it did in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Harling Mays: Oh! Oh, almost forgot- I got you some stroke mags. Been in the hospital, know what you need. Got Juggs, Hot Milfs and Eat Ass Masters. You just stroke it all day- you're a hero. If I was you, I'd just lay here, pulling on that thing all day long.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Gimme Shelter
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
Courtesy of ABKCO Music and Records, Inc.
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Incredible Film
17 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Washington gives what is nothing less than a performance of a lifetime in this tension filled film dealing with a pilot wrestling with inner demons. The aviation sequences are stunning and the crash one of the most breathtaking ever filmed. The director is highly gifted and his skill and passion are clearly evident. The script is superb, with intelligent plotting and sharp dialog that captures reality. It is, once again, Washington who shines here above all else. His power as an actor is what truly gives this movies its fire. His portrayal of a substance abusing addict/alcoholic is painful to watch because of the humanity he brings to the part. It is a tremendous accomplishment and one of the finest studies of addiction ever filmed.


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