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Skyjacked (1972)

PG | | Action, Drama, Thriller | August 1972 (UK)
A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

Stanley R. Greenberg (screenplay by), David Harper (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara
Yvette Mimieux ... Angela Thacher
James Brolin ... Jerome K. Weber
Claude Akins ... Sgt. Ben Puzo
Jeanne Crain ... Mrs. Clara Shaw
Susan Dey ... Elly Brewster
Roosevelt Grier ... Gary Brown
Mariette Hartley ... Harriet Stevens
Walter Pidgeon ... Sen. Arne Lindner
Ken Swofford ... John Bimonte
Leslie Uggams ... Lovejoy Wells
Ross Elliott ... Harold Shaw
Nicholas Hammond ... Peter Lindner
Mike Henry ... Sam Allen
Jayson Kane Jayson Kane ... William Reading (as Jayson William Kane)
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A crazed Vietnam vet bomber hijacks a Boeing 707 in this disaster film filled with the usual early '70s stereotypes, and demands to be taken to Russia. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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The Sky's The Limit For Suspense See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

August 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Sky Terror See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Susan Dey. See more »

Goofs

When the passengers are deplaning, Sgt. Weller is distracted by flashbulbs from a van outside. Weller says, "What the hell's that?" to which Capt. O'Hara is heard to reply, 'Nothing, just photographers," but O'Hara's mouth is saying something different. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Bimonte: [Hank is doing his walk-around the aircraft] Hey, Hank! Ready to go.
Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara: Wrong! You got a broken cowling latch here.
John Bimonte: What the hell? I'll get right on it.
Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara: Take all the time you want, John. You got 10 minutes.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1986 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Drive-In (1976) See more »

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Under-rated airline movie
28 May 2011 | by pwalkerfmSee all my reviews

I just revisited this after not seeing it since I was 12 in a theater. I must say, this movie holds up quite well. Yes, it is dated in places, but a 40-year old film naturally will be. Good suspense, a little soap opera fluff here and there, but never gets in the way of the story. Much more serious in overall tone than "Airport" from just a couple years earlier. Brolin is excellent as the crazed ex-soldier, and Heston is very good, in probably one of his last good roles. I would recommend this for both disaster-movie buffs, and aviation buffs, as it delivers for both. Also, gotta love Partridge Susan Dey in probably her first motion picture after her TV success.


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