Zero Hour!

Zero Hour!

DVD - 2017
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A normal flight goes awry when passengers and the crew all get food poisoning, and they need someone to fly the plane. the forerunner of 'Airplane', the 1970's disaster movie.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD ZERO HO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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danulb
Nov 07, 2018

Hard to watch this film after recently seeing “Airplane,” which magnificently spoofs it. Still enjoyable and set the pattern for many airline disaster movies after.

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LauraSteinert
Oct 15, 2017

Very good movie. Probably the first, or one of the first, airplane without a pilot movies. The acting is a bit stiff by today's standards, and there was no CGI back then, so the drama in all in the dialogue and closeups. The issue of PTSD is also addressed; although they never did name it shell shock, that was clearly the trauma the hero was overcoming. A must for black-and-white movie fans.

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akirakato
Apr 23, 2015

This is a 1957 drama directed by Hall Bartlett.
During the closing days of the Second World War, six members of the Royal Canadian Air Force fighter squadron are killed due to a command decision made by pilot Ted Stryker.
Years later, in civilian life in Ottawa, a guilt-stricken Stryker goes through many jobs, and his marriage is in trouble.
Stryker finds a note at home.
His wife Ellen has taken their young son Joey and is leaving him, flying to Vancouver.
He rushes to Ottawa Airport to board the same flight, and asks his wife for one last chance, but Ellen no longer loves a man she does not respect.
The routine flight becomes deadly when stewardess Janet Turner begins the meal service.
Meat or fish are the options.
When a number of passengers begin feeling sick, a doctor aboard determines that there must have been something wrong with the fish.
While attending to others, including Stryker's son, the stewardess and doctor discover that both the pilot and co-pilot have also become seriously ill.
After the stewardess checks with other passengers, she determines that Stryker is the only one with flying experience, but he has not flown in 10 years and has no familiarity with aircraft of this size.
Due to dense fog on the ground obscuring the runway, Flight 714 must bypass Calgary and all other intermediate airports, to continue on to Vancouver.
Stryker's superior in the war, the tough-minded Captain Treleaven, is summoned to Vancouver Airport to give him instructions about how to land the aircraft.
This is a really edge-at-your-seat movie.
If you're a Vancouverite, you might be thrilled to death while watching it.

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ManMachine
Feb 13, 2015

Favorite movie quote - "He may not know how to fly this plane, but he's sure got guts!"

When discussing any movie, we all know the old, familiar saying that goes - "It was so bad that it was so good." - Right? - Well, believe me, when it comes to 1957's Zero Hour!, this well-known expression, pretty much, sums up its story in a literal nutshell.

On top of some brilliantly-timed, unintentional humour (just wait till you see what the scriptwriters have character Ted Stryker doing in order to save his dysfunctional marriage), Zero Hour!, surprisingly enough, was an oddly entertaining "Disaster-In-The-Air" drama whose absurd story is played out with such straight-faced seriousness that the viewer can't help but get a kick out of its comical irony.

What makes this particular low-budget production even more appealing, to someone like myself, is that this perilous flight across the skies starts out in Winnipeg and ends up in Vancouver. (Yes, Vancouver!!) Zero Hour! has got to be one of the very few Hollywood productions to ever base its entire story in Canadian territory, be it on land, or in the air.

All-in-all - If one doesn't take Zero Hour's story at all seriously, then they're bound to enjoy it for all that its high-flying nuttiness is worth.

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