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Terror in the Sky (1971)

On a transcontinental flight, the flight crew suffer from food poisioning and become incapacitated. To save the aircraft, the cabin crew locate a passenger with flying experience. He is ... See full summary »

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Stephen Karpf (teleplay), Elinor Karpf (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leif Erickson ... Marty Treleavan
Doug McClure ... George Spencer
Roddy McDowall ... Dr. Ralph Baird
Lois Nettleton ... Janet Turner
Keenan Wynn ... Milton
Jack Ging ... Controller
Sam Melville ... Stewart
Leonard Stone ... Harry Burdick
Sidney Clute ... Mr. Swenson
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Mr. McCann
Loretta Leversee Loretta Leversee ... Mrs. McCann
Patricia Mattick Patricia Mattick ... Ellen
Victor Izay ... Second Man
Kenneth Tobey ... Capt. Wilson
Ed McCready Ed McCready ... Football Fan
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On a transcontinental flight, the flight crew suffer from food poisioning and become incapacitated. To save the aircraft, the cabin crew locate a passenger with flying experience. He is coached by an experienced pilot on the ground. Written by Chris Hartcher <hartcher@ozemail.com.au>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panik in den Wolken See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film is a remake of Zero Hour! (1957), which was later parodied extensively in Airplane! (1980). See more »

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Remake of Zero Hour! (1957) See more »

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McClure & McDowall shine...
25 July 2002 | by Dr NeuroticaSee all my reviews

I too remember seeing this film, first time (I believe) as part of the "ABC's Tuesday Night Movie Of The Week" series, back in the early 70's, then racked into those late night repeats, that seemed to have lasted for the whole first part of that decade! But I have yet to ever see "Terror..." released in VHS or DVD form...not even BETA, hence the early days! All to say McDowall seemed to shine as a straight-faced, but yet very intense physician...that showed only two types of emotion...Silence & Rage! And, McClure acted exceptionally well in his role...an X-Vietnamer, with all that very clear war imagery still freshly pent up in his mind...hence adding a good dose of paranoia & neurosis, that really added believable chaos and a wee bit of craziness to the script. You see, he flew a "chopper" in Nam...therefore was "elected" by the panicked gang of passengers, to bring the aircraft to a "safe" landing, hence both the pilots incapacitated due to food poisoning. Excellent film still, for them late night video sojourns...but my only question is...why has not any one company ever released this little gem...even to go directly into the $5.99 bargain bin? I will never know...and will forever covet them to do so!


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