Crash Landing (2005 film)

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Crash Landing
Directed by Jim Wynorski (as "Jay Andrews")
Produced by Paul Hertzberg
Kimberly A. Ray
Executive producers:
Lisa M. Hansen
Talaat Captan
Written by Paul A. Birkett
William Langlois
Jim Wynorski
Starring Antonio Sabàto Jr.
Michael Paré
Brianne Davis
Music by Neal Acree
Cinematography Andrea Rossotto
Edited by Randy Carter
CineTel Films
Avrio Filmworks
Distributed by CineTel Films
Release date
July 11, 2006 (DVD)
Running time
1h 29m
Country United States
Language English

Crash Landing is a 2005 American-Canadian action film directed by Jim Wynorski. It was released direct-to-DVD in the U.S. on July 11, 2006.[1]


After crash landing his previous military flight and barely escaping with his life, Major John Masters (Antonio Sabàto Jr.) is given a seemingly easy mission to ease him back into flying. He is tasked with flying a billionaires daughter and her friends on a private plane to her graduation party. Unknown to Masters, the flight crew have all been murdered and replaced with members of a terrorist group intent on hijacking the flight and holding the daughter for ransom. When the hijackers take the plan, Masters springs into action and a struggle ensues. The result of the struggle leaves several passengers and terrorists dead and a pilot wounded. Now Masters' only option is to try and land the plane on a small island in the middle of a category 5 hurricane.


A number of issues have been pointed out by critics and viewers regarding Crash Landing. A few small details that are inconsistent with reality are things like an army general on an air force base, a general's hair that is too long for army regulations, the inaccuracy of the plane, especially the cockpit and a car crash scene stolen from Matlock.[2]

Possibly the most obvious blunder made by the filmmakers was in the very first scene where Masters crashes his plane on an abandoned highway. The right wing of his plane strikes a multitude of utility poles as well as a wooden shack, the collision against these should cause the plane to turn and shift its trajectory, however it continues on a straight path and there is no visual damage to the wing.[3]

This film is Canadian as well as American made and is an example of the parity between the big budget American films, and the lower budget B level movies that tend to emerge from Canadian production. Canadian cinema had been largely pushed to the back when it came to attention in the movie market as George Melnyk spoke about in his article "Reflections on Canadian Cinema": "Screen time for Canadian films in Canada varies from a low of one per cent in English Canada to a high of ten per cent in Quebec. During the 1990s the combined figure was about three per cent for the whole country." [4]This made it tough for films like Crash Landing to make any impact and they tend to go straight to DVD.



Crash Landing holds a score of 2 out of 5 stars on IMDB, 1 Rotten review on Rotten Tomatoes, and 1.5 stars out of 5 on Rate Your Music.


  1. ^ "Release info for Crash Landing (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Crash Landing (2005) -- Full Movie Review!". Retrieved March 23, 2018. 
  3. ^ Crash Landing (2005), retrieved March 23, 2018 
  4. ^ Melnyk, George (April 2005). "Reflections on Canadian Cinema". American Review of Canadian Studies. 35(1): 145–148 – via Scholars Portal. 

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