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Skyjacked (1972)

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Sky Terror is the reissue title for Skyjacked, a 1972 MGM all-star adventure based on a novel by David Harper. Charlton Heston mans the controls of a Los Angeles-bound commercial airliner which is hijacked to Russia by an unknown miscreant. Even when the skyjacker, revealed to be passenger James Brolin, is subsequently subdued, the crew must contend with a hidden time bomb. The film is graced with a who's who of MGM contractees past and present, including Yvette Mimieux, Walter Pidgeon and Mike Henry. A flashback sequence contains one of the first examples of an American film coming to grips with how rudely our Vietnam veterans were ignored upon returning home; alas, this compassion quickly degenerates into the odious "crazed Vietnam vet" cliche. Footnote: The first network showing of Skyjacked was boycotted by TV stations owned by the Storer Corporation, which had a hard and fast rule against screening any film concerning a hijacked plane.

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Cast

Charlton Heston
as Capt. Henry 'Hank' O'Hara
Yvette Mimieux
as Angela Thacher
James Brolin
as Jerome K. Weber
Claude Akins
as Sgt. Ben Puzo
Jeanne Crain
as Mrs. Clara Shaw
Susan Dey
as Elly Brewster
Craig Shreeve
as Airline Attendant
Toni Clayton
as Jane Burke
Dan White
as Weber's Father
Maureen Connell
as Mrs. O'Hara
Forrest G. Wood
as 1st Class Passenger
Jack Denbo
as Thompson
Joe Canutt
as Hunter
Ross Elliott
as Harold Shaw
Jayson Kane
as William Reading
Roy Engel
as Bonanza Pilot
Jenifer Shaw
as Cosmetic Sales Girl
John Fiedler
as Robert Grundig
Nicholas Hammond
as Peter Lindner
John Hillerman
as Walter Brandt
Wesley Lau
as Stanley Morris
Kelley Miles
as Hazel Martin
Leslie Uggams
as Lovejoy Wells
Lorna Thayer
as Weber's Mother
Ken Swofford
as John Bimonte
Mariette Hartley
as Harriet Stevens
Walter Pidgeon
as Sen. Arne Lindner
Rosey Grier
as Gary Brown
Mike Henry (I)
as Sam Allen
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I liked it on the whole; the film had suspense; it had drama.

September 30, 2015 | Full Review…

One of the early '70s disaster films, which is routine at best.

April 13, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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