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on 27 September 2011
I suppose there is not much else to say, adaptated from a short story by none other than Stephen King, The Langoliers is a must see for all horror or indeed for any fan of mystery, science fiction or suspense!

Ten passengers awake on an American cross country flight to discover that they are indeed the only surviving and remaining passengers on the plane, even the captain has disappeared. All that is left of the remaining passengers are their bare essentials of false teeth, bracelets, wigs, coins etc. It appears that somehow their plane managed to pass through some kind of a time rip in the universe and as they soon discover, an evil is awaiting them at the other end unless they manage to somehow get back before it is too late! With virtually no other human being left on the planet, both time and evil is against them!

Although three hours long (which was split into two parts for the tv adaptation), this is well worth the watch. A story that keeps your interest at bay but at the same time gives you a sense of terror, fear and emotion as you sense what is around the corner but you sit and wait anxiously hoping that the passengers make it back in time. Pretty decent performances too from Patricia Wettig, Dean Stockwell, David Morse and Bronson Pinchot as the sinister Mr. Tumey while look out for the man himself Stephen King who creeps up in a cameo role.

For those with fear of flying - I would not recommend unless you want to challenge your fears! Otherewise, sit back and enjoy the flight - it's going to get bumpy!!!
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on 22 August 2007
Atmospherically brilliant, This film is all about a small group of people who whilst on an aeroplane fall asleep, when they wake up everybody else on board has disapeared, and everybody on earth is gone.. They need to land to find fuel but are totally perplexed that no one is responding to there calls for help, eventually they do land and they can hear crunching sounds in the distance, what could it be , im not going to spoil it for you, all i can say is its kings imagination at its very best, a great adaption from best selling book to film, buy this its a super film for all the family.
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on 4 December 2014
Marvelous acting, wonderful CGI, and beautiful script...are three things you won't hear said to describe this film. However, like most of Stephen Kings low budget adaptations, namely anything other than Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile, there is a certain charm given by the atmosphere and musical score that only helps you to love this film.

Look, let's be honest, some of the acting is terrible, especially from the doppelgänger of the first blue Power Ranger. The script at times, is awful, and well, the less said about the CGI the better. However, it's the mystery element that is so can ten people wake up on a plane and find everyone else has disappeared?

Again, like most Stephen King adaptations the duration could be shorter, however, look past the obvious deficiencies, and really get involved in the "how" "why" and "where's"...and even "when" and you will find a very enjoyable two part film!
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on 10 June 2011
The Langoliers is a sci fi horror story. As with the best King adaptions there's a great cast(including Dean stockwell and David morse) that over the course of three hours you get to know very well. The Langoliers has a brilliant mystery premise with a small group of people not understanding how they have ended up alone on a plane with other passengers vanished, a scary situation. If you enjoyed IT, Salems Lot and The Stand you won't be dissapointed with this adaption.
My only warning is that The langoliers was an early production to use large amounts of CGI in certain scenes. These effects don't look that good and do throw you out of the story a bit. However if you've got an open mind you can still enjoy these effects(specifically the monsters) in the same way we all enjoyed effects in old sci fi shows such as original Dr Who or Star Trek.
The Langoliers has some neat sci fi ideas and shows alot of imagination.
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on 30 March 2015
“They have slipped through a rip in the fabric of the universe.” So says the case of the DVD, and so they have. It’s a bit long, the special effects are dated, but all in all, still an entertaining film.

As far as acting goes, Kate Maberly steals the show as Dinah Bellman, a blind girl with exceptional sensitivity. The gifted British-born actor easily delivers her lines in a flawless American dialect, and comes through as always with a fine performance all around. Because of Kate’s excellent acting ability, more screen time to further develop her character in this role would have significantly improved the film. I also like Dean Stockwell in this film.
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on 28 December 2011
Caused me to think about the shape of my universe...and the nature of self sacrifice. It is an extended TV version of a 'Twilight zone' story (if I remember correctly back 50? odd years) the 'conversion' is not entirely successful due to the 'sponsors messages' being made room for etc. Sad that, but America is the land of capitalism. Still well worth watching and the 1995 vintage FX still runs better than Bill Gates products of the period.
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Time travel is usually depicted as big, adventurous trips to the past or the future, usually with convenient historical figures.

But there's nothing so glamorous about the time travel in "The Langoliers," an eerie Stephen King miniseries about a plane that lands in a strange deserted world. The beginning, buildup and the climax are brilliantly spooky, but there are long stretches of people just standing around talking, and the aforementioned climax is way too early.

A plane is en route from L.A. to Boston, when almost all the passengers vanish. The only remaining people are a pair of teenagers, a bereaved pilot, a blind child, a schoolteacher, a mystery writer, an engineer, a businessman, and a psychotic yuppie. They manage to land the plane in a Maine airport (OF COURSE!), but find it similarly deserted.

But something is terribly wrong with the place -- clocks have stopped, food tastes flat, and all their surroundings look dull. Even worse, there's a faint roaring in the distance that is growing louder. As the passengers struggle to figure out how to return to normal, the "langoliers" (as Psycho-Yuppie Craig Toomey calls them) are approaching the airport. If they don't escape soon, they'll be devoured alive...

"The Langoliers" is a story that probably could have benefited from at least a third of its bulk being chopped off -- the beginning is wonderfully spooky, the climactic clash with the langoliers is pretty freaky (even if they do look like giant raisins with sandworm mouths), and King's depiction of time travel is chillingly nightmarish even WITHOUT the langoliers.

But a lot of the middle section is just the characters wandering around the airport, speculating about what they can/can't do. It feels saggy and boring, and even Toomey's periodic violent attacks on the other passengers doesn't spice things up. And the last half hour is... well, kind of anticlimactic. Dramatic, but after the sudden appearance of the langoliers, it feels kind of letdownish.

Additionally, there are some basic continuity errors (so, guns don't work but knives do?), and the idea of the mystery writer being able to unravel the EXACT NATURE of everything that's going on stretches credibility to the shattering point. I know he's a stand-in for King, but COME ON.

As for the acting, it's a mixed bag. David Morse gives a good understated performance as the beleagured pilot, Mark Lindsay Chapman has a lot of charisma as a British hit-man with a heart of gold, and Bronson Pinchot gives a freakily over-the-top performance as a businessman who tumbles over the edge of insanity. Most of the others are either underused (Frankie Faison, Dean Stockwell) or downright annoying (everyone else).

"The Langoliers" is an interesting idea handled rather clumsily, especially since it has a rather soggy middle section. But you gotta admit, parts of it was delightfully effective.
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on 30 March 2013
I came across this film on a Freesat movie channel and recorded it because the curious premise fascinated me.

I regard the concept of the Langoliers as a tacky side issue. The interest is how the few remaining passengers on a plane where all others including the pilots have vanished in mid-air, leaving their jewellery, teeth fillings and pacemakers behind, reason out what has happened. They grapple with testing and rejecting theories until they have some clue how to escape the situation.

Some odd characters add to the mystery, some are a waste of time and detract from the plot. The Langoliers are a silly plot device used to add suspense and unnecessary menace. The core mystery is good enough without them.

The resolution is slightly weak but follows a quasi logical path within its distorted universe.

The basic concept is fascinating. Once a form of magic wand has placed you in a surreal distorted version of your familiar world, how would you cope?
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on 10 July 2014
This is a very interesting film. I saw it on TV years ago and it stuck in my memory thus I decided to buy the DVD. The plot is intriguing and thought provoking. The acting is variable, some being a little questionable, some being outstanding. Please ignore generalised comments by others such as the acting is "wooden". That is simply not the case in terms of the majority of the characters. The dialogue is also variable with some being a little toe curling. The special effects are, even by 1995 standards, somewhat basic but somehow it doesn't detract (that much) from the mysterious story. I gave it 5 Stars on the grounds I find it hugely entertaining. Its shortcomings and quirkiness in a sense make it standout. For a younger, modern audience, I'd suggest thatthis is a good story for a movie re-make. In a sense, the film is like the utterly brilliant "Moon" in that trying to guess what's going on makes for much of the interest.

I imagine a remake with
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The standard mix of people for an adventure is on a commercial jet liner. They fall asleep and wake up out of the normal time stream. This would not be so bad if it were not for the Langoliers.

There have been movies and books containing themes on getting ahead of time and behind time. There have been movies and books on Airplanes and time. It has all been done before. However this is a unique and watchable combination.

This is a made for TV movies so don't expect any spectacular graphics or exotic dialog. The story holds its own and the actors (well selected) hold their own. See Dean Stockwell again in the made for TV movie Paper Man (1971) still available on other locations on the net. There is on boring lingering parts. This is science fiction so do not get hung up on obscure physics that would just distract from the story.

This is very suspenseful and everyone gets his/her "just due" based on his character and skills.
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