Freefall Flight 174

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The made-for-TV Falling From the Sky: Flight 174 was based on a true story that occurred high over Canada in July of 1983. While en route from Montreal to Edmonton, a brand-new Boeing 767 runs out of fuel in mid-flight. With only a cursory knowledge of the jet's inner works, the crew is forced to desperately improvise a means of rescuing the passengers by gliding the aircraft to a runway in Winnipeg--35 miles away. Although the actual story has enough inherent drama for five TV movies, the producers felt the necessity to add a few overly melodramatic touches to heighten the suspense; also, aviation enthusiasts weren't too happy with the script's inaccuracies, nor were movie purists impressed by the surprisingly shoddy computer enhanced special effects. Nonetheless, the film boasts excellent performances, especially from William Devine as Captain Bob Pearson. First broadcast by ABC on February 20, 1995, Falling From the Sky was adapted from William and Marilyn Hoffer's book Freefall, and has since been retitled Freefall: Flight 174 for cable-TV play.

Cast

William Devane
as Bob Pearson
Mariette Hartley
as Beth Pearson
Nicholas Turturro
as Al Williams
Shelley Hack
as Lynn Brown
Scott Hylands
as Maurice Quintal
Winston Rekert
as Rick Dion
Gwynyth Walsh
as Pearl Dion
Kevin McNulty
as Larry Roberts
Suzy Joachim
as Florence
Philip Granger
as Phil Lyons
John Novak
as Len Daniels
Molly Parker
as Norma Sax
Jeremy Wilkin
as James Nolan
Marc Baur
as Burns
Tom Butler
as Pilot Dave
Fulvio Cecere
as Simulator Co-Pilot
Fred Henderson
as Simulator Pilot
Wendy Van Riesen
as Marie Quintal
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