Blessed Stranger: after Flight 111

Blessed Stranger: after Flight 111

David Wellington (2000)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In September 1998, Swissair Flight 111 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people on board. David Wellington's TV movie centres on two strangers bound together by the tragedy. Kate Nelligan is typically assured as a mother hoping to find evidence that her teenage daughter somehow survived the tragedy. Hugh Thompson offers solid support as a fisherman still traumatised by his failure to rescue anyone from the sea following the crash. The emphasis is firmly on sensitivity, but Michael Amo's script mostly resists the temptation to wallow in sentiment and conveys something of the devastation experienced by both the bereaved and the bystander.


A woman whose teenage daughter was lost in a plane crash in Nova Scotia hopes to find evidence that she somehow survived. A fisherman who was involved in the rescue effort retrieved the missing girl's sweater from the wreckage, and the desperate mother visits him in the hope that he can help find her. Drama, with Kate Nelligan, Hugh Thompson, Stacy Smith and Janet Kidder.

Cast & Crew

Kate O'Rourke Kate Nelligan
Everett Barkhouse Hugh Thompson
Sandy Martel Stacy Smith
Cheryl Barkhouse Janet Kidder
Earl Barkhouse Peter MacNeill
Director David Wellington
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for language and violence.