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Ground Control [DVD] [1998] [US Import]

Kiefer Sutherland , Robert Sean Leonard , Richard Howard    DVD
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  • Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Sean Leonard, Bruce McGill, Kristy Swanson, Kelly McGillis
  • Directors: Richard Howard
  • Writers: Mark Shepherd, Robert Moreland, Talaat Captan
  • Producers: Darren M. Demetre, Daryl De Quetteville, David Tripet, Marion Oberauner
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1573625531
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,617 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By denny
Nice film to keep you going with plenty of names to keep you on your toes. Nice to see the fonze in a real acting role.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated but a great yarn 21 Feb 2014
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Made in the days when you could hear the dialogue over the music and when it wasn't necessary to use the f word in every sentence this DVD is worth £2 of anybody's money. A solid plot, well acted, satisfying conclusion. Yes, it's dated (2002) but it is better than much of the total garbage on TV these days
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 19 Sep 2014
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Not one of his best movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JET 3 Sep 2013
'Jet' was released in 2002 by the Prism Leisure Corp, but it is the same film re-released in 2006 by Boulevard Entertainment Ltd, entitled 'Ground Control.' I have both, and love both, and give the same film (both) a five out of five, but then I like movies where you get to feel like it's you for the hour and a half - that goes flying. I watch same over and over from time to time and see something new in same everytime I watch. That's how good I think that 'Jet' is. It's timeless!

The plot: Jack Harris (played by Keiffer Sutherland) was the best air traffic controller in the business...until one plane crash (as an air traffic controller,) cost him everything. Because of it, he found he could not handle the demanding work required of an air traffic controller any more and you see him engaged in working on a video game in his the new job he now does. In some respects he blames himself for the events leading up to the crash that happened where so many lives were lost. He froze... whilst air traffic controlling. What he doesn't realize is - that air traffic control requires ever so much out of a person, who does this day after day. (P.S. Air traffic controllers are known to be in a very high stress profession, often accompanied by short work spans in terms of years in the occupation, before they go on to do something else.) Jack was tops in his air traffic contol profession - BUT - 'lost it.' The stress in the profession is shown in the fact that one of his fellow air traffic controllers also 'loses it' in the film when he is pressured / ridiculed by an administrator, who was appointed because nobody else wanted that job.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kiefer Sutherland Keeps Control of "Ground Control" 26 Jun 2003
By Roberta L. Bardsley - Published on
I'm not a ground controller, so I won't even try to analyze the technical aspects of this movie. I fully admit that I purchased "Ground Control" mainly because Kiefer Sutherland is the star and I love his acting. Even in movies that aren't the "best", Kiefer always delivers a fine performance, and "Ground Control" is no exception. I could list some negatives about the movie, such as the inclusion of Kristy Swanson in the cast. This woman adds nothing to the plot and isn't the least bit convincing, except when it becomes obvious that she has her eye on Jack (Kiefer)and follows him around, even during what should be private moments for him. Nothing personal against Kristy, but most of her contribution could have ended up on the cutting room floor and it would have been no loss. Kiefer Sutherland, however, proves again what a versatile actor he is as the tormented Jack Harris, a top notch ground controller, who years later, still feels responsible for a crash that was not his fault. Now, as a favor to his friend, Jack comes to lend a hand at Phoenix ground control, and soon finds himself in an all too familiar situation. This movie would fall apart if Kiefer Sutherland had not been in the role of Jack Harris. This is Kiefer's movie all the way, and every facial expression and word and action is totally Kiefer. He had me thoroughly convinced of what Jack Harris had gone through, and was still going through. I actually learned a lot from this movie. I learned that being a ground controller is NOT a cushy job, and the controllers who keep thousands of planes safe every day are more often than not overworked and in danger of burnout.....but they keep going. I know I couldn't be that dedicated......this is not a job I could handle. I give "Ground Control" high marks. Sure, it may not fit the definition of "award winning", but Kiefer Sutherland plows through the weaknesses of the film and he simply makes it work!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best controller movies I know.. 31 Mar 2000
By Alec Corday - Published on
True, there aren't many. But among the few, Ground Control ranks as one of the best. Yes, it has little action, stunts or FX, but that is not the movie's point. It is the story of one controller as he tries to get back into controlling after an accident five years ago. The acting and technical correctness is superb, the director has done a good job in guiding his people and the camera. You want a movie with sex, violence and a complicated story? Then this one is not for you. You want a smart, fun movie that is up-to-date and about an unusual subject? You got it. Ground Control is your deal. A bit slow some people say? Only if you are into the wham-bam action flicks and not intellectual challenging one's. Alec over and out...
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable and Thourough though a bit unoriginal... 21 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on
"Ground Control" is another one of those air traffic controller movies. Sure, there hasn't been a whole genre of this film, but there are more films on this subject than you would think. Most people in this non-theatrical feature act very convincingly, and Henry Winkler's electrician Quinn is an entertaining comic relief. The mostly good acting and the above-average authenticity of controller actions, attitudes, and jargon save this movie.
Otherwise, the plot is not too original, though it is executed somewhat stylishly and likeably. There are also way too many down points in the film where nothing exciting happens. It is definitely more of a drama of one air traffic controller, Jack Harris (Sutherland) coming to grips with re-entering the controller station after a plane crash on his watch five years ago, and should not be touted as an "action/adventure" picture.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SOMEWHAT GROUNDED 4 July 2004
By Michael Butts - Published on
In our society today, people seem to want everything to be "realistic." Who remembers when movies were escapism, when the audience didn't go to a movie to see the real thing, but to suffer along with its threatened cast or root for the good guy? So many reviewers want to shortchange a movie for its lack of technical expertise..if you want the real thing, maybe you should watch the Discovery Channel or rent a how to video. For escapism, GROUND CONTROL does well. It's main problem for me is that it is so grounded in trying to be realistic, it sabotages any dramatic effect it could have. While the climactic plane landing is well handled, the movie on a whole is nothing more than an expose on how short funded or understaffed the FAA is. Along with an expert performance from Kiefer Sutherland as guilt ridden controller Jack Harris, the movie offers nice turns from Drew Snyder as the pilot being coached in; Bruce McGill as Harris' former boss who tries to maintain both a good old Joe and a stern taskmaster demeanor; Henry Winkler as a frustrated maintenance technician hampered by bureaucratic nonsense and a non-existent budget; Kelly McGillis as the manager out to make a good impression, but ultimately deeply concerned about her team; Robert Sean Leonard as a cocky young controller who doesn't believe in thinking about the passengers on troubled flights; and Charles Fleischer as a stress-ridden controller. Wasted are Michael Gross as a fuss budget manager and Kristy Swanson as a geeky new controller.
GROUND CONTROL certainly maximizes the impact of good ground controllers, but as a movie it leaves you wanting a little more.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 29 April 2000
By Papermate - Published on
I found this movie very interesting. Perhaps I should to tell you that I am working as a flight attendant and often wondered about the work of flight controllers. Especially when you get notice that you have to go into holding for a time or if you experience a serious case of bad weather... Well, this movie is not packed with violence and big adventure that's for sure but neverless it's real good. If you like the atmosphere of the airport and flying as such then this movie is for you. It's the story about one flight controller who was involved in an accident and tries to get back to this kind of work after five years in a particularly busy time. I hope you enjoy this movie and that you'll learn to appreciate the flight controllers as much as I did.
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