British multi-narrative drama based on the book by John Fores and directed by Basil Dearden, chronicling a fictional fog-bound day in the life of London's Heathrow airport. The film offers vignettes of the lives of various disparate characters including pilot Gus Randall (Anthony Steel), whose chronic gambling problem is putting his life at risk, chief duty officer Nick Milbourne (Robert Beatty), who yearns to be a pilot himself, American engineer Bill (David Lorenz), who is in love with Jewish girl Leah (Margo Lorenz), and Captain Brent (James Robertson Justice), whose concerns about the design of a new aircraft prove to be well-founded.
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Basil Dearden was co-producer and co-director of the British "slice of life" drama Out of the Clouds. Filmed in quasi-documentary fashion, the story takes place during one unusually busy day at London's Heathrow Airport. The dramatis personae includes Gus Randall (Anthony Steel), a pilot with a chronic (and potentially fatal) gambling weakness; chief duty officer Nick Milbourne (Robert Beatty), who yearns to be a pilot himself; American engineer Bill (David Lorenz), who finds romance in the form of Jewish girl Leah (Margo Lorenz); and Captain Brent (James Robertson Justice), whose doubts about a new aircraft prove to be well-founded. The obligatory romantic triangle involves Gus, Nick and airline -hostess Penny Henson (Eunice Gayson). Out of the Clouds is an intriguing small-scale precursor to the Airport school of multicharactered drama. ...Out of the Clouds