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Robert Zemeckis makes a triumphant return to live-action cinema with Flight, a thoughtful and provocative character study propelled by a compelling performance from Denzel Washington.



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In this action-packed mystery thriller, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, a seasoned airline pilot, who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board. After the crash, Whip is hailed as a hero, but as more is learned, more questions than answers arise as to who or what was really at fault and what really happened on that plane? -- (C) Official Site

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Don Cheadle
as Hugh Lang
Denzel Washington
as Whip Whitaker
John Goodman
as Harling Mays
Brian Geraghty
as Ken Evans
Bruce Greenwood
as Charlie Anderson
Tamara Tunie
as Margaret Thomason
Nadine Velazquez
as Katerina Marquez
Peter Gerety
as Avington Carr
Melissa Leo
as Ellen Block
Carter Cabassa
as Son on Plane
Adam C. Edwards
as Father on Plane
Will Sherrod
as Schechter
Boni Yanagisawa
as Camelia Satou
Dane Davenport
as Derek Hogue
John Crow
as Field Reporter
E. Roger Mitchell
as Craig Matson
Ravi Kapoor
as Dr. Kenan
Jill Jane Clements
as Morning Nurse
Tommy Kane
as Mark Mellon
James Badge Dale
as Gaunt Young Man
Susie Spear
as Waitress
Philip Pavel
as Bartender
Piers Morgan
as Himself
Jim Tilmon
as Himself
Rev. Charles Z. Gardner
as Pentecostal Minister
Tom Nowicki
as Len Caldwell
Ric Reitz
as Carr's Attorney
Darius Woods
as Young Will
Dylan Kussman
as Two Beer Barry
Bethany Ann Lind
as Vicky Evans
Sharon Blackwood
as Peach Tree Employee
Pam Smith
as Peach Tree Employee
Jason Benjamin
as Stalking Reporter/Carr's Business Guy
Shannon Walshe
as Tilda Banden
Rhoda Griffis
as Amanda Anderson
Michael Beasley
as Officer Edmonds
Ted Hall
as TV Reporter
Laila Pruitt
as Girl on Elevator
Precious Bright
as Mom on Elevator
Steve Coulter
as NTSB Officer at Hearing
Ted Huckabee
as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Flight

All Critics (229) | Top Critics (47)

  • Here, after the truly alarming crash sequence, there are no special effects, just deft and committed film-making, letting us see steadily in long takes.

    Feb 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Denzel Washington's natural gravitas seems all the more fascinating when tainted by sins and secrets in this tale of a functioning-alcoholic pilot.

    Jan 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Brace! Brace! Smart entertainment from Zemeckis, superior acting from DW.

    Jan 31, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 'Flight' is predictable in its plotting and soft in its conclusions. But thanks to that dynamite opening and Washington's effortless performance, it's also an enjoyable, compelling slice of old-school melodrama.

    Jan 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • At a certain point, great actors want to show us the truth of something that may be far from their lives but that somehow they understand, intimately, all too well.

    Nov 8, 2012 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Flight is a well-made motion picture, but not a fun or entertaining one.

    Nov 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flight


A standard tale of addiction ramped up by the quality impetus of the storytellers involved, chiefly Denzel Washington and director Robert Zemeckis. Can a better craftsman deliver a better product? And so two disasters loom: one, a pilot self-destructing on the ground, and two, a plane self-destructing in mid air. Together for the very last time ... It works okay, only the knucklehead emphasis given John Goodman, a cartoon character played like a cartoon, and his musical cues, distract.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Good movie, definitely a must-watch. Different than what I expected - rather than a story about a pilot flying an airplane in an emergency situation, the point is really a story about personal admission, and taking responsibility for a life gone wrong. A lot of full-frontal nudity, abrasive language, and substance abuse in the beginning, but has a very satisfying, feel-good ending. John Goodman really stands out in this, and adds a bit of levity...actually, he was a hoot!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A great visualization from director Robert Zemeckis for making a movie about someone who should be the hero to become the zero and letting the audiences in a gray vote, to vote for him or to blame him.. Denzel Washington undoubtedly gave his best performance for making a performance that actually a jackass but looks like a hero.. The story itself is simple, audiences didn't have to think hard about the story, they just need to make their choices for whom they should stand for.. Overall, Zemeckis once again successfully stole my heart with this movie..

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