Ground Control (1998)





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Ground Control follows the reluctant return to work of Jack Harris (Kiefer Sutherland), a retired air traffic controller who is still haunted by his role in a probably unavoidable plane crash that has left him guilt-ridden and professionally gun shy. When a Phoenix airport fighting budget cutbacks calls him in for emergency duty, he begins experiencing flashbacks to the night of the disaster, all while trying desperately not to lose concentration even for the single moment it would take to cause a fresh disaster. He is supported by a seasoned supervisor (Bruce McGill) but challenged by a cocky young controller (Robert Sean Leonard) who not so privately questions his mettle. All must put aside their differences and band together when stormy weather and failing equipment puts another flight in harm's way. The tension mounts as a resourceful mechanic (Henry Winkler) tries to paste together the outdated circuitry and give the skeleton crew technical support beyond their professional cunning. Ground Control also stars Kristy Swanson and Kelly McGillis.
R (adult situations/language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Kiefer Sutherland
as Jack Harris
Kelly McGillis
as Susan Stratton
Bruce McGill
as T.C. Bryant
Kristy Swanson
as Julie Albrecht
Margaret Cho
as Amanda
Henry Winkler
as John Quinn
Farrah Forke
as Laura Franklin
Michael Gross
as Murray
Vito D'Ambrosio
as Weather Analyst
Jack Plotnick
as Curtis
Mike Kimmel
as Pudgy
Brian George
as Shamaal
John Bennett Perry
as Senator Rutherford
Eleanor Mondale
as Christine
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Critic Reviews for Ground Control

All Critics (4)

Air-traffic control drama has lots of tension, profanity.

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Common Sense Media

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June 28, 2004

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December 31, 1999
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Ground Control


A highly entertaining film that makes good use of the suspense potential in the critical job performed by air traffic controllers. An outstanding cast and well written dialog gives the film a strong feel of verisimilitude.

David Duncan
David Duncan

Very limited sets and effects are well used by filling them with some great performers walking through a not completely original plot. The movie is a lot more watchable than you might expect mainly due to the realism they bring to an over worked, dilapidated airport control tower. Winkler makes the movie as a semi-comic relief and does sterling work with a 'nothing role' and constantly acts like a hero who no one thanks or really notices.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

If you put expensive actors in a movie without a decent story line or plot, you just have an expensive flop. That's all this movie is.

David Smith
David Smith

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