Skyjacked (film)

Skyjacked (film)

Infobox Film
name = Skyjacked

image size =
caption = 1972 movie poster
director = John Guillermin
producer = Walter Seltzer
writer = Stanley R. Greenberg
from the novel by
David Harper
starring = Charlton Heston
Yvette Mimieux
James Brolin
Claude Akins
Jeanne Crain
Walter Pidgeon
Leslie Uggams
Mariette Hartley
Nicholas Hammond
Roosevelt Grier
Susan Dey
John Fiedler
music = Perry Botkin, Jr.
cinematography = Harry Stradling, Jr.
editing =
distributor = Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
released = May 24, 1972
runtime = 101 min.
country = USA
awards =
language = English
budget = $ 2,700,000
preceded_by =
followed_by =
amg_id = 1:110534
imdb_id = 0069278

"Skyjacked" is a 1972 disaster film starring Charlton Heston, James Brolin, and Yvette Mimieux. The film is based on the David Harper novel "Hijacked".


Global Airways Flight 502 -- operated by a Boeing 707 -- takes off as a routine flight from Oakland, California, to Minneapolis/St.Paul, Minnesota, with Captain Henry O'Hara (Charlton Heston) and his flight crew at the controls. In the middle of the flight, Captain O'Hara becomes aware of a bomb threat in the sense that he has to divert his course immediately to Anchorage, Alaska, or otherwise the bomb will explode on board. In light of this, Captain O'Hara has no other opportunity but to change course immediately to Anchorage and manages to carry out a perfect landing there, despite terrible weather circumstances.

Suddenly it appears that a disillusioned soldier, Sgt. Jerome K. Weber (James Brolin), a Vietnam veteran, is responsible for Hijacking the plane, threatening to blow it up with a bomb, therefore taking control over the plane. At Anchorage he releases all coach class passengers, including the three coach class flight attendants, Jane, Lovejoy and Hazel. Weber then keeps all first class passengers as hostages, amongst them distinguished United States Senator Arne Lindner (Walter Pidgeon), and Chief Cabin Attendant Angela Thatcher (Yvette Mimieux) and insists to be flown to Moscow, as he intends to defect to the Soviet Union.

Although the airline doesn't receive any clearance to fly into Soviet airspace, Sgt. Weber insists to be flown straight ahead to Moscow, threatening the pilots with death if they do not comply. Upon entering Soviet airspace, Soviet military aircraft appear to intercept the 707. Finally, Captain O'Hara lowers the landing gear and flaps to a full landing configuration so the Soviet interceptors are aware that this is a US civilian aircraft and not a military intruder, as the Soviet authorities had thought and were therefore ordered the plane to be shot down. Captain O'Hara's wise actions result in the Soviet aircraft realizing that they have been confronted with a hijacked US civilan airplane.

The Soviet military aircraft escort the 707 to their nearest landing place, Moscow Airport. There, all passengers are finally released. It becomes clear that Captain O'Hara (Charlton Heston) and Chief Cabin Attendant Angela Thatcher (Yvette Mimieux) were in love for some time but Captain O'Hara separated from Angela in order to save his marriage. Angela is now in love with first officer Sam who takes good care of her.

After landing, Captain O'Hara and Sgt. Weber are the only persons to remain on board of the 707. Weber eventually realizes that he is unable to achieve the confidence of the Soviet authorities and his attempt to seize the 707 was futile. He appears to be lunatic. When Captain O'Hara finally tries to kick him out of his 707, Weber shoots him. Both men stagger down the gangway, where finally Weber is shot and killed by Soviet forces. As a fortune, Captain O'Hare survives, just wounded in his shoulders, and he is looking up into the sky, with a great smile of relief, whereas he sees a plane just after takeoff, so it is clear he is looking already forward to his next flight.

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