Freefall - Flight 174 1995

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A state-of-the-art Boeing 767 airliner full of passengers runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet. Captain Bob Pearson (William Devane) has nowhere to land and a storm is approaching fast. Can Pearson turn the plane into a glider and avoid a fatal crash?

Starring:
Winston Rekert, Shelley Hack
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Product Details

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Winston Rekert, Shelley Hack, Scott Hylands, Nicholas Turturro, Mariette Hartley, William Devane
Director Jorge Montesi
Genres Thriller
Studio FREMANTLE ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 23 January 2012
Main languages English

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. P. Osborne on 12 Feb 2011
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This is a true story about an airliner only a few days old that ran out of fuel at high altitude over Canada, with passengers aboard.

Unable to make a nearest airport as both engines had stopped, the pilot and co pilot skilfully glided the plane towards a disused airstrip, his only option. with no hydraulics.The pilot only had 1 shot as it and had to use his skills as an old seaplane pilot to side slip the plane to loose height.

At the start you can feel the hairs go up on the back of your neck as the horns start to sound in the cockpit warning of low fuel.The pilots manage to eradicate the problem and the horns stop,only for them to restart a few minutes later.

Numerous pilots have tried the same scenerio in a flight simulator and have crashed attempting ,just shows how brilliant the pilots were.

The film makes you think you are in the cockpit itself and I found it gripping to the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robyn B. Mcgorm on 9 Feb 2013
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Suspense is great with edge of the seat entertainment, Always something happening exciting with heart pounding scenes. The storyline is wonderful and the cast fantastic making you feel you are involved with them on the plane. Not wanting to leave my seat for a minute waiting for the next problem to arise. I was entertained completely throughout this movie. William Devane plays a marvelous role with very good supporting actors. It's all about a plane and is it or is it not ...going to crash, I'll leave that up to you to find out, its very different to a lot of other shows that I have watched. I can't tell you everything now can I ?. Not wanting to spoil a classic movie, so don't forget your popcorn relax and sit awhile enjoy with first class entertainment. I rated this movie an A plus must see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Comical Engineer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jan 2009
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This is based on a true story, this brand new 767 was loaded with 20,000 lbs of fuel instead of 20,000 kilograms due to a conversion error by the ground crew at the time of change over from imperial to metric measurements. This was compounded by the fact that the main fuel gauge was inoperative - not normally a major issue because the flight computer works out the fuel used and amount remaining but in this case critical if you remember that 1kg = 2.2lbs!

The film starts with two pilots experiencing an emergency total engine failure and crashing the plane until you realise it's on a simulator and the pilots are being trained. The trainees say "hey, this isn't a realistic scenario, no-one could escape that" but the trainier is Bob Pearson, the pilot who did it for real (actually the real Bob Pearson in a cameo appearance).

Basically, the plane ran out of fuel at altitude and the pilot glided the beast in to a safe landing on an abandoned air force base. Note that the pilot was an experienced glider pilot fortunately!

Some of the details in the film aren't correct and the continuity isn't perfect either but this is generally forgivable in the overall context of the film.

In the way of such films, it's a bit sentimental but again, doesn't go too far with this. The acting is generally not too bad, especially from William Devane who plays Bob Pearson, and Scott Hylands as the first officer.

Overall, well worth a watch for some light entertainment and probably one of the better films of this genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oak Trent on 12 Dec 2011
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This was a low budget dramatization of an actual event that occurred on a plane flight from Montreal to Edmonton. The metric system was still new in Canada. Through a lack of training and communication, only half of the required fuel was put in the plane's wing tanks. It ran out of fuel outside of Winnipeg and had to make an emergency landing at an old air force base in Gimli Manitoba. This earned the plane the nickname "The Gimli Glider".

I found this film interesting because, at the time, no one in Canada wanted the metric system. We were all happy with pounds, feet and miles per hour. It was funny that I had to buy this film from the U.K. as it was not available for a good price in Canada at the time.

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I saw this film a few years ago and I enjoyed it. When I noticed it in the DVD section I decided to buy it. Although I had seen it before I still appreciated the truth based plot and the excellent cast.
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By Don on 12 Feb 2013
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The DVD was as described and arrived on time. No issues so no hesitation in recommending. This is quite a good film of a real event. The drama is kept to a minimum and the story told without embellishment to any large extent.
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By tee on 17 Dec 2012
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loved the film a oldy but a goody good price would recommend it to anyone even my daughter who is 16 liked it, arrived quickly too
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By Jakes on 28 July 2011
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I received the video within 2 weeks of ordering it. The quality is excellent for a second hand dvd. Concerning the movie....very realistict re-inactment.
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