Sole Survivor (2013)





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When Galaxy Flight 203 was in its final seconds, George Lamson pulled his legs above his head, an arbitrary decision that helped save his life as he was thrown through the fuselage on impact. Immediately after the crash, George's sole survival was considered miraculous and newsworthy, making him a fixture in the media for a year. Twenty-six years later, George lives a few blocks from the accident site and still struggles with the emotional weight of his survival. He doesn't know if he was spared for a reason and if he was, what is that reason? In an effort to heal, he seeks to connect with the other thirteen sole survivors of commercial aviation disasters, including Cecelia Cichan, Bahia Bakari and Jim Polehinke - none of which have ever spoken publicly. Jim was the co-pilot of Comair Flight 5191 that crashed in Lexington on August 27th, 2006. Jim lost the use of his legs in the accident, but when he woke up from his coma, the most devastating news was that everyone on the plane had perished. Since the accident, Jim has never spoken publicly. In this film, Jim's emotional struggle with his survivorship are underscored by the NTSB's findings that the plane crashed solely due to pilot error.
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Critic Reviews for Sole Survivor

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (3)

Despite the potential "ick" factor of any documentary on this sort of subject, Dickens treats these people well.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Disaster groupies may eat this up, but everyone else will just feel uncomfortable.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"Sole Survivor" is a puzzle whose pieces don't fit together perfectly, but still create an cohesive whole.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for Sole Survivor

140206: I don't want to seem cold in reviewing this movie but it's rather bland. It's tragic and terrible to see how these tragedies continue to effect people's lives but this is basically a documentary, and not very engrossing. I hope these people all find peace and let go of their guilt. Tragedies are just that, and they can linger, effecting people for the rest of their lives.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

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