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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
Dan White
as Weber's Father
Toni Clayton
as Jane Burke
Maureen Connell
as Mrs. O'Hara
Forrest G. Wood
as 1st Class Passenger
Jack Denbo
as Thompson
Ross Elliott
as Harold Shaw
Joe Canutt
as Hunter
Roy Engel
as Bonanza Pilot
Jayson Kane
as William Reading
Jenifer Shaw
as Cosmetic Sales Girl
Nicholas Hammond
as Peter Lindner
John Fiedler
as Robert Grundig
John Hillerman
as Walter Brandt
Wesley Lau
as Stanley Morris
Kelley Miles
as Hazel Martin
Leslie Uggams
as Lovejoy Wells
Ken Swofford
as John Bimonte
Lorna Thayer
as Weber's Mother
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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Critic Reviews for Skyjacked

All Critics (2)

I liked it on the whole; the film had suspense; it had drama.

Full Review… | September 30, 2015
The Spectator

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

Full Review… | April 13, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Skyjacked

½

Suggest skipping the first 40 minutes of the film as I kept expecting comedy "Airplane" to break out at any time. After that it's a suspense packed film. BEWARE: The film has uncharacteristic profane language for the time. Not for family viewing unless you want your kids saying this to you. While the cinematography of outside the plane is first rate, what goes on inside the plane could have been made on the ground. In 1972 the thought of highjacking a passenger jet was pretty new stuff. I was about to trash this film until the landing in Anchorage. The tension gets real good there as there is total fog and no runway to see. [img]http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSiHSa7l0Eca8yH-9qXvoO1Vg4b-6gIahFm-yL75O2TVuZttQ7r2A[/img] SEE the entire film here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8G9p0oGNk4&list=PLjuAS4xduwCW_D-tD9YHPGfLlyBLvM6zo The film is absolutely crammed with B grade actors as passengers. Most were television grade actors and you might recall many of them. Casting Rosie Greer as a major character in the film was a major mistake to me. The man can't act. Better, but not much better is our highjacker, James Brolin as a seargent who barely gets on the plane with the help of woodenhead Captain Charlton Heston. [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT4wflyK4Hon-GD8O_uaRD-54mAwIXg5k6CuwCNJ3_4So5F6iv8kQ[/img] If I hadn't have stayed with this film so long as I did I would not have bothered with a review, it was really just that bad for me. Now to be sure the film did get decent reviews so judge for yourself. 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REVIEWS: 100% this movie was a great movie james brolin made it great. NOTES: 1 A World Airways 707 was used as the Global 707. 2 The movie was originally known as Airbourne and Sky Terror. 3 Due to the subject matter, hijacking, one tv network affiliate refused to air the film. It was a sore subject back then and could be again were it not for tighter security. [img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTzr3kkxuapjHWRfUsZWrskHfsNF_MBGdEEMY14Osxv_C9zdi3Epw[/img] Directed by John Guillermin Produced by Walter Seltzer Written by Stanley R. Greenberg Based on Hijacked by David Harper Music by Perry Botkin, Jr. Cinematography Harry Stradling, Jr. Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Release date(s) May 24, 1972 Running time 101 minutes Cast Charlton Heston as Capt. O'Hara Yvette Mimieux as Angela Thatcher James Brolin as Jerome Weber Walter Pidgeon as Sen. Lindner Mariette Hartley as Harriet Stevens Rosey Grier as Gary Brown Jeanne Crain as Clara Shaw Susan Dey as Elly Brewster Leslie Uggams as Lovejoy Wells [img]http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTZeAMYnVB3rcKn-g63078I_VAjOOUAGVqJuzeBQak9b9XPjoi9Xw[/img]

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