Crash (1978 film)
Crash (also known as The Crash of Flight 401) is a made-for-TV docudrama released in 1978. The movie recounts the true story of Eastern Airlines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar which crashed in the Florida Everglades near Miami, Florida on the night of December 29, 1972 in what was the first crash of a wide-body aircraft. 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 in an early role, Lane Smith 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.
CAST William Shatner...Carl Tobias 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 Artie Shaw...Elderly Passenger Joe Silver...Alvin Jessop Laraine Stephens...Ginny Duffy W.K. Stratton...Ray Ordway Richard Yniguez...Osario Eddie Albert...Capt. Dunn Don 'Red' Barry Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini Susan Brown Ed Call...(as Edward Call) J. Kenneth Campbell Maria Elena Cordero Royal Dano Jerry Douglas...Miami Approach Controller Brett Halsey...Standish Marcy Lafferty Maria Melendez...Cecilia Tagliarino Read Morgan George Murdock...Claypool Lane Smith Lurene Tuttle Donna Kei Benz...(as Donna Benz) Ralph Brown Frank Buch Walt Davis Roger Hampton Bob Hastings Bill Hindman...(as William S. Hindman) George Ranito Jordan Orin Kennedy Buddy Lester Robert P. Lieb Frank Logan Dominick Mazzie Julio Medina Susan Mullen Shirley O'Hara Mark Pinter...Stretcher Bearer Frank Schuller...Watson Judith Searle...Dr. Claire C. Lindsay Workman...Dr. Baylor
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