Robert Butler (1997)

18 Certificate


Our Score
This is one of the more manic of the numerous Die Hard imitations, with Ray Liotta as a psycho who hijacks a Christmas Eve flight transporting him to prison. Lauren Holly plays the plucky flight attendant who has to beat off Liotta's advances and attempt to land the aircraft safely. This is far from sophisticated adult entertainment, but it's so ludicrously overblown that it's hard not to be won over by the sheer enthusiasm and abandonment of logic and credibility. Veteran director Robert Butler is an old hand when it comes to this kind of airborne nonsense, having made the 1976 TV movie Mayday at 40,000 Feet!, not to mention several episodes of the TV series The New Adventures of Superman.


A convicted killer breaks free while being flown to his place of execution on Christmas eve, and embarks on a murderous rampage, leaving a plucky stewardess with the harrowing task of outwitting him. Thriller, starring Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Cross and Hector Elizondo.

Cast & Crew

Ryan Weaver Ray Liotta
Teri Halloran Lauren Holly
Stubbs Brendan Gleeson
Detective Aldo Hines Hector Elizondo
Rachel Taper Rachel Ticotin
Brooks Jeffrey DeMunn
Sinclair John Finn
Captain Bowen Ben Cross
Maggie Catherine Hicks
Betty Heidi Kling
Director Robert Butler
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD