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Crash (1978 film)

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Director    Barry Shear
Genre  Drama
5.6/10 IMDb

Initial release  October 29, 1978
Running time  1h 35m
Crash (1978 film) movie poster
Writer  Rob Elder (book), Sarah Elder (book), Donald S. Sanford (teleplay), Steve Brown (teleplay)
Cast  William Shatner (Carl Tobias), Adrienne Barbeau (Veronica Daniels), Brooke Bundy, Sharon Gless, Christopher Connelly
Similar movies  Related Barry Shear movies

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Crash (also known as The Crash of Flight 401) is a made-for-TV docudrama released in 1978, based on the true story of the first crash of a wide-body aircraft, that of Eastern Airlines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar which crashed in the Florida Everglades near Miami on the night of December 29, 1972. The film more or less follows the true events of the crash, although the names of key characters were changed and certain dramatic events were fictionalized. The crash sequence was one of the most authentic (and expensive) for television of the time, using multiple stunts, pyrotechnics and flyaway set pieces.


The film stars William Shatner as maverick National Transportation Safety Board crash investigator Carl Tobias, who is called in to review the jetliner crash under pressure from his superiors to exonerate Lockheed of responsibility. Although the film implies that Lockheed was negligent in the design of the TriStar's flight control systems, it concludes by citing the NTSB's official determination that the crash was due to pilot error: the crew's failure to properly monitor the flight instruments during the last four minutes of flight. The crew was distracted by a blown light bulb in the landing gear position indicator display panel, which caused them not to notice that they had inadvertently disengaged the autopilot and put the TriStar into a slow, imperceptible descent. Eddie Albert portrayed the captain, and Lane Smith, in an early role, portrayed the hospitalized and barely alive surviving flight engineer who alerts Tobias to a computer 'mismatch' in the autopilot. The cast also included Adrienne Barbeau and Sharon Gless, whose characters were based on the actual flight attendants tending to the passengers that fateful night. Lorraine Gary, Ed Nelson, and Ron Glass played noteworthy passengers.

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  • William Shatner - Carl Tobias
  • Eddie Albert - Captain Dunn
  • Adrienne Barbeau - Veronica Daniels
  • Brooke Bundy - Camille Lawrence
  • Christopher Connelly - Mike Tagliarino
  • Lorraine Gary - Emily Mulwray
  • Ron Glass - Jerry Grant
  • Sharon Gless - Lesley Fuller
  • Joyce Jameson - Sophie Cross
  • George Maharis - Evan Walsh
  • Ed Nelson - Philip Mulwray
  • Gerald S. O'Loughlin - Larry Cross
  • Joe Silver - Alvin Jessop
  • Laraine Stephens - Ginny Duffy
  • Richard Yniguez - Osario
  • References

    Crash (1978 film) Wikipedia
    Crash (1978 film) IMDb Crash (1978 film)

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