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Flight

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Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly

     
 

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In Robert Zemeckis' drama Flight, alcoholic pilot Whip Whittaker (Denzel Washington) does a miraculous job crash-landing a plane that has suffered a severe mechanical breakdown in midair, however the mandated investigation into the incident will inevitably lead to the discovery that he was flying the plane while drunk and on cocaine. As he attempts to sober up,See more details below

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In Robert Zemeckis' drama Flight, alcoholic pilot Whip Whittaker (Denzel Washington) does a miraculous job crash-landing a plane that has suffered a severe mechanical breakdown in midair, however the mandated investigation into the incident will inevitably lead to the discovery that he was flying the plane while drunk and on cocaine. As he attempts to sober up, Whip befriends a fellow addict he meets during his post-accident stay in the hospital. Soon he fails in his attempts to white-knuckle himself to sobriety, and with the help of his favorite drug-dealer (John Goodman) and his lawyer (Don Cheadle), Whip must prepare to testify about what happened on that fateful flight.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Director Robert Zemeckis is already responsible for one of the most harrowing plane crashes in movie history: the disastrous voyage that led to Tom Hanks being Cast Away. Twelve years later, Zemeckis outdoes himself with the opening 20 minutes of Flight, in which alcohol- and cocaine-fueled Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) must make a miraculous crash landing when the jet he's piloting suffers a severe mechanical breakdown in midair. His quick thinking saves all but six lives on the plane, but those deaths trigger a federal investigation that seems destined to uncover his substance abuse. That opening act is a piece of peerless filmmaking, an unrelentingly tense and upsetting evocation of a near-death experience. Sadly, the rest of Flight is an old-fashioned addiction drama with Whitaker struggling to stay sober, but refusing to accept anyone else's help to do so. This is the kind of role actors live for, after all who wouldn't want to play a guy who's both a national hero and an addict, and Washington certainly demands your attention. He commands the screen, playing the gifted pilot's cool-in-a-crisis authority as effectively as he does Whip's self-loathing when he starts hitting the bottle time after time. Zemeckis and screenwriter John Gatins turn this battle between Whip's two selves into a basic visual scheme between alcohol and religion. Talk of God and higher powers peppers the film, and for all of the times we see the sloshed captain swigging a Budweiser or a gallon of vodka, we see him confronted with religious iconography just as often. Putting the central conflict of the picture in such stark terms would work better if the film were streamlined, but Flight clocks in at about 135 minutes, and it wallows in Whip's contradictions for so long that the symbolism quickly grows heavy-handed. There's little narrative drive, so we wait for the big moment when Whitaker has to testify about what happened, wondering if he's going to come clean or continue his slide into self-destruction. A very strong cast is mostly underutilized: Don Cheadle doesn't have enough to do as Whip's lawyer, Bruce Greenwood is fine as the beleagured man's best friend, and Kelly Reilly does what she can with the worst character in the movie -- a fellow junkie who strikes up a friendship with Whitaker when they are in the hospital together. Only John Goodman makes an impression as Whip's freewheeling dealer -- whose every entrance is unsubtly scored to the Rolling Stones classic "Sympathy for the Devil."" Flight isn't a bad movie, but it isn't a good one either. After his 12-year detour into motion-capture filmmaking, it continues Zemeckis' attempts to deal with big ideas -- it's a natural follow-up to Forrest Gump, Contact, and Cast Away -- but he's shed practically all of the impish wit that made his earliest work, like Used Cars and Back to the Future, so memorable. He's matured in the least appealing sense of the phrase.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/2013
UPC:
0883929334520
Original Release:
2012
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:18:00
Sales rank:
9,439

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Whip Whitaker
Don Cheadle Hugh Lang
Kelly Reilly Nicole
John Goodman Harling Mays
Bruce Greenwood Charlie Anderson
Melissa Leo Ellen Block
Brian Geraghty Ken Evans
Tamara Tunie Margaret Thomason
Peter Gerety Avington Carr
Nadine Velazquez Katerina Marquez
Garcelle Beauvais Deana
Carter Cabassa Son on Plane
Adam Ciesielski Father on Plane
Conor O'Neill Kip
Charlie E. Schmidt Tiki Pot
Will Sherrod Schechter
Boni Yanagisawa Camelia Satou
Adam Tomei Fran
Dane Davenport Derek Hogue
John Crow Field Reporter
E. Roger Mitchell Craig Matson
Ravi Kapoor Dr. Kenan
Jill Jane Clements Morning Nurse
Tommy Kane Mark Mellon
James Badge Dale Gaunt Young Man
Susie Spear Waitress
Philip Pavel Bartender
Charles Z. Gardner Pentecostal Minister
Tom Nowicki Len Caldwell
Jason Benjamin Carr's Business Guy,Stalking Reporter
Ric Reitz Carr's Attorney
Timothy James Adams Whip's Dad
Darius Woods Young Will
Ron Caldwell Trevor
Dylan Kussman Two Beer Barry
Janet Metzger Sheila
Bethany Ann Lind Vicky Evans
Sharon Blackwood Peach Tree Employee
Pam Smith Peach Tree Employee
Justin Martin Will
Shannon Walshe Tilda Banden
Rhoda Griffis Amanda Anderson
Michael Beasley Officer Edmonds
Ted Hall TV Reporter
Laila Pruitt Girl on Elevator
Precious Bright Mom on Elevator
Steve Coulter NTSB Officer at Hearing
Ted Huckabee Prison Guard

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director,Producer
Scott Boland Casting
Danny Brown Set Decoration/Design
Don Burgess Cinematographer
Victoria Burrows Casting
Kenny Chan Associate Producer
Nelson Coates Production Designer
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
John Gatins Screenwriter
Julie Jaros Animator
William B. Kaplan Sound Mixer
Heather Smith Kelton Associate Producer
Dana Kuznetzkoff Asst. Director
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
David S. Lazan Art Director
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Cherylanne Martin Executive Producer
Jeremiah O'Driscoll Editor
Walter Parkes Producer
Jack Rapke Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Steve Starkey Producer
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Huck Wirtz Animator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Flight
1. Chapter 1 [7:11]
2. Chapter 2 [2:20]
3. Chapter 3 [4:36]
4. Chapter 4 [2:57]
5. Chapter 5 [5:19]
6. Chapter 6 [3:50]
7. Chapter 7 [2:47]
8. Chapter 8 [5:35]
9. Chapter 9 [1:17]
10. Chapter 10 [9:43]
11. Chapter 11 [6:18]
12. Chapter 12 [8:44]
13. Chapter 13 [9:22]
14. Chapter 14 [9:20]
15. Chapter 15 [7:23]
16. Chapter 16 [10:10]
17. Chapter 17 [:10]
18. Chapter 18 [7:02]
19. Chapter 19 [4:35]
20. Chapter 20 [5:20]
21. Chapter 21 [1:05]
22. Chapter 22 [6:59]
23. Chapter 23 [9:34]
24. Chapter 24 [6:41]

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