The President's Plane Is Missing (1972)





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A crisis ensues when Air Force One crashes while on a flight out west, apparently killing all those aboard, including President Jeremy Haines (Tod Andrews). The United States is in the midst of a confrontation with China that could lead to a nuclear war between the two countries, and the government is now in the hands of Vice President Kermit Madigan (Buddy Ebsen), a not too intelligent or sophisticated man, who was deliberately kept out of the loop. His confidence on foreign policy issues virtually nil, Madigan seeks to carry out Haines's intended policy in confronting the Chinese but gets two completely different accounts of what that policy was to be. Secretary of State Freeman Sharkey (Raymond Massey), a career diplomat, claims that Haines was pursuing firm but peaceful containment of the problem, while National Security advisor George Oldenburg (Rip Torn) says that Haines was ready to go eyeball-to-eyeball with the Chinese and go to war if necessary -- and Oldenburg quickly picks up on how to gain Madigan's confidence. As if Madigan doesn't have enough problems, the stunned Washington community cannot help but openly doubt his competence, while his ambitious wife (Mercedes McCambridge) sees this unfolding tragedy as a way for herself and her husband to finally get some respect and settle a few scores with those who belittled the Second Couple. Even more troubling, as the search teams comb the wreckage, another mystery ensues -- they can't seem to find the president's body.
Action & Adventure , Drama
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ABC Circle Films


Joseph Campanella
as Colonel Doug
Buddy Ebsen
as Vice President Kermit
Dabney Coleman
as Senator Bert Haines
Peter Graves
as Mark Jones
Arthur Kennedy
as Gunther Damon
Rip Torn
as George Oldenburg
Raymond Massey
as Secretary of State
Mercedes McCambridge
as Hester Madigan
Louise Sorel
as Joanna Spencer
James Wainwright
as General Dunbar
John Amos
as Marine Corporal
Richard Eastham
as General Colton
Jeff Burton
as Reporter
Tod Andrews
as President Jeremy Haines
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Not too bland of a thriller, but the excitement is minimal, and the twists are out of the book. There probably wasn't enough material to make a full film, but it is a somewhat interesting idea, if executed better.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

It might be a made-for-TV political thriller, but I found myself enjoying it thoroughly when I watched it. Even though it could be confusing, it was a solidly crafted mystery with great performances from the cast. This film is very underrated, to say the least.

Keenan Sullivan
Keenan Sullivan

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