It's a clear day in L.A.; a jumbo jet needs to make an emergency landing. The radio traffic reporter gets word that the police have cleared a two-mile stretch of the 405 freeway from the 118 to Victory. A young man in an SUV seems to have the road to himself when he looks into his rear view mirror and sees the jet about to land on top of him. He floors it, complications befall him, and he and the jet are on a collision course with the Little Old Lady from Pasadena, driving slowly in her Lincoln. Miracles can happen, and the old woman gets the last word.Written by
The first short movie to be widely circulated online. See more »
In 73 second (01:13) of the movie airplane hits the car and immediately nose gear closes, so the first part of plane lies on the car. Impact of landing gears to the ground is so high that all the gears are heavily locked by a special locking system and it is simply impossible to close the nose gear by only hitting a relatively small object like a car. See more »
In the original internet distribution the aircraft was clearly an American Airlines DC-10. In later distribution the word "American" was replaced with the word "Airliner" on the fuselage and the AA logo on the tail was blanked out. See more »
Regarding the sequence from the Buckaroo Banzai DVD:
> It was quite original as well, as I certainly cannot recall anything
> like it before.
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's _Thunderbirds_ TV series, episode 1, "Trapped in the Sky"... original airdate 30 Sep. 1965. If you're patient you can catch this in reruns on TechTV.
It's not quite the same, though: In both _Thunderbirds_ and the BB clip, those were deliberate rescue attempts to rescue a crippled aircraft. (Spacecraft... whatever.) The SUV driver in _405_ was where he was by accident, and tried doing everything he could to get away from the DC-10! (Well, not everything. Why didn't he go for an offramp? Or at least the shoulder? :)
Ok, the visual is very much the same. But ideas are common. If you're going to fault _405_ for using this bit, you also have to fault huge numbers of movies for following the "boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl" formula. It's how you develop an idea into a story and how you tell the story that matters.
Really, though, if you focus on that aspect, you're missing the real point of _405_. Which is that two guys (yes, just two guys, and no, they weren't ex-FS employees; if you read their web site you'll find they're seeking work in the industry) with a DV camera and some fairly ordinary PCs were able to make this movie with its utterly convincing visuals.
That they gave us some dramatic and funny visuals and a funny story as well is icing on the cake.
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