January 27, 2006, 2:31am
An airplane movie related question: Are the Hurricanes used in
A Piece of Cake still around and flyable?
I am sure
this isn’t the only thread on Airplane!
As competition for The High and the Mighty, here’s a real lemon.
Panic in the Skies
This film is so bad, it deserves more ridicule.
No, no. You were supposed to say, "
Surely this isn’t the only thread on Airplane!
That’s right, and don’t call him Shirley.
As much as
Final Descent? That would be tough.
The movie everyone is excited for:
Snakes on a Plane!
The planes in the Masterpiece Theater were Spitfires, not Hurricanes. The squadron in the book used Hurricanes.
I have seen restored Spitfires flying around, and I’m sure someone’s restored a Hurricane of two.
My favorite airplane movie right now is
The Hunters , with Robert Mitchum. It’s about Korean War air combat.
There is some truly breathtaking footage of F-86 Sabres, one of my favorite planes. This is why one of the final flying scenes broke my heart (although I won’t spoil it here).
The film was made long enough ago that they couldn’t use real MiG-15’s for the enemies. If you look closely, you’ll see they dressed up some late model F-84’s (the kind with swept wings) as MiGs.
They also show an actual crash, but they couldn’t find any good footage of an F-86 going in. You’ll see them cut away to an F-100, which is destroyed spectacularly.
Very different from the book, but each are enjoyable in their own way.
January 30, 2006, 1:16am
1941 qualify?, it´s about 1/3 an airplane movie anyway. The shots of the P-40 flying around a canyon are great, and the chase along Hollywood´s streets is something to remember.
"Major General Joseph W. Stillwell: Bombs! I don’t hear any bombs! Now they’re up there. They came all the way from Asia. Don’t you think they’d bring a few bombs along? "
And John Belushi is a riot as a deranged pilot.
Aslo, I just seen
Fly Away Home, its that a valid entry too?, if anything it shows the real beauty of flight, it´s very inspiring.