Director: Jack Smight Run Time: 107 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1974
Starring: , Charlton Heston, George Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Helen Reddy, Karen Black, Linda Blair, Sid Caesar, Susan Clark
The Friday, May 31st screening includes a special introduction by Alan Cumming!
The unthinkable happens when a small plane collides into a 747 and a flight attendant has to take captain’s seat. Luckily, Karen Black and Charlton Heston are there to save the day!
Bound for Los Angeles, the Columbia Airlines’ Flight 409 is full of interesting passengers (you’ll can see them parodied in the 1980 spoof Airplane!) including an aging film star, a sick little girl, and a guitar-singing nun. Things take off fine at first but when a man has a heart attack while flying his small plane and then crashing into Flight 409, things take a disastrous turn. After all pilots are either sucked out or dying, flight attendant Nancy Pryor played by Karen Black takes charge of the plane that is miraculously still in the air but the only problem is that she can’t land it. Enter – literally onto the plane via helicopter – Nancy’s man-friend Captain Murdock (Charlton Heston, naturally) to help get everyone back down safely on the ground.
Part of The Works: Karen Black retrospective series.