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(1972)

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Final film of Jeanne Crain.
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John Fiedler's voice is dubbed.
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The "'Global Airways" plane used in the movie was a World Airways Boeing 707 (N374WA). World Airways' home base at the time was Oakland (CA) Metropolitan Airport, where just about all of the airport scenes in the movie were filmed.
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Film debut of Susan Dey.
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Russians at the airport have M-16s and Soviet rifles, but drive U.S.-made Jeeps and trucks.
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Charlton Heston reportedly took the lead role so that MGM would allow him to use footage from Ben-Hur (1959) for his directorial debut, Antony and Cleopatra (1972).
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Fighters escorting the 707 are F-100 jets in Russian camo.
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The Moscow escort truck is a Ford van.
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In August 1972 a 2773.06-meter (101:05) 35mm film print of this film was banned by the Australian Film Censorship Board. This decision was made on the orders of Don Chipp, who was the Minister for Custom and Excise. Following their win at the December 1972 election, the Labor government soon reconsidered the ban. On the orders of the the new Attorney-General, Lionel Murphy, the 35mm film print of the film was resubmitted to the AFCB. The same 2773.06-meter (101:05) 35mm print was finally passed by the AFCB on March 1, 1973, with an M-rating (Mature Audiences). In both cases the applicant was MGM BEF Film Distributors Pty Ltd.
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Charlton Heston tells in his biography that director Guillermin was a very effective film maker but also liked to humiliate actors from time to time.
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Charlton Heston and Yvette Mimieux starred in 'Diamond Head' ten years earlier in 1962.
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Rosie Grier, whose character plays the cello for a jazz combo, at one point plucks the instrument like a bass with one hand, and holds the note with vibrato on the other: like he knows what he's doing. A few years later, in the movie 'The Glove', Grier displays a genuine talent at playing guitar.
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This was one of the three biggest hits for MGM in 1972. Another being Shaft (which came out in 1971 but still made money in 1972). Two years later, this film's director, John Guillerman, would direct Shaft in Africa.
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Two characters from competing family shows The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch play young love interests: The obvious is Susan Dey, famous as Laurie Partridge of The Partridge Family and Nicholas Hammond, who played conceited jock Doug Simpson on an episode titled after him on The Brady Bunch: Big Man on Campus.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Despite being fourth billed, Claude Akins never meets most of the major characters in the film in person (his role is of the Alaska tower chief who speaks to Charlton Heston from the tower to the plane: he's fourth billed because he has a lot of dialogue with Heston during this sequence).
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Body Count: 2.
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The movie's ending winds up almost exactly like the television series 'Lost' would decades later: The main character (Charlton Heston) is badly wounded, lying down and staring up at the sky at an airplane flies overhead.
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