A Thousand Heroes

A Thousand Heroes

Lamont Johnson (1992)

87min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
If the success of a disaster movie is measured by the number of people who fail to make it through, then here's one to be counted a near-miss because, happily, hundreds survive this made-for-TV drama based on a real-life incident. A jumbo jet flight from Denver to Chicago crashes in a cornfield after several engine explosions - not good for the passengers aboard, but a great opportunity for special effects. Despite the best efforts of Richard Thomas and James Coburn, though, it only comes across convincingly when Charlton Heston's around. After all, he's survived more epics than we've had hot B-pictures.

Summary

Tense drama based on the real-life story of a heroic pilot forced to make a spectacular emergency landing in Iowa, and the ground staff's attempts to save all 296 people on board his aircraft. Charlton Heston, James Coburn and Richard Thomas star.

Cast & Crew

Captain Al Haynes Charlton Heston
Gary Brown Richard Thomas
Jim Hathaway James Coburn
Bob Hamilton Leon Russom
Lt Col Dennis Nielsen John M Jackson
Chris Porter Tom O'Brien
Sam Gochenour Philip Baker Hall
Dan Bennett Tom Everett
Director Lamont Johnson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video
Drama