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Skyjacked (1972)

Charlton Heston , James Brolin , John Guillermin  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, James Brolin, Yvette Mimieux, Claude Akins, Jeanne Crain
  • Directors: John Guillermin
  • Writers: David Harper, Stanley R. Greenberg
  • Producers: James C. Pratt, Walter Seltzer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OHZJO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Skyjacked" on IMDb

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A Los Angeles-bound commercial air flight is hijacked to Russia.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's still a thriller! February 28, 2003
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The word "hijack" hadn't been in the American lexion too long in 1972 when this Charleton Heston suspense drama was released. As a commercial pilot, Heston and his 747 are commandeered by a dishonorably discharged and psychotic military veteran (James Brolin in a convincing dastardly turn). Dissolusioned with his American service and seeing himself as a failure in his parents' view, Brolin's character intends to take the jetliner and some of its star-studded passengers to Russia where, in his schizophrenic frame of mind, he will get there the just he thinks he is due. "Skyjacked" distinguishes itself from the onslaught of disaster films that accentuated the '70s in that it is neither a disaster flick nor reliant on special effects. Heston is, as expected, terrific as the captain who doesn't lose sight of his primary function: to keep his passengers alive. Among them are football player-turned actor Rosey Grier; character actresses Yvette Mimeux (the lead flight attendant and, in a soap opera subplot, the "other woman" in Heston's life), a very pregnant Mariette Harley, and Leslie Uggams as another flight attendant; the late Walter Pidgeon as a U.S. senator; and Susan Dey ("The Partridge Family," "LA Law") and Nicholas Hammond ("The Sound of Music" and TV's "Spiderman" in the late '70s) as first-time acquaintances in youthful love. As the off-center hijacker, Brolin gives a bravo performance that makes his fate at film's end very, very satisfying. In sum, "Skyjacked" is worth its salt, and its suspense makes it a worthy flight.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Alright you hero's...come and get it!" March 4, 2005
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This is one of my most favorite Charleton Heston films. The suspense and drame, tied in with the few action scenes that are in the film really make this a must-see for any Heston fan. Heston is perfectly cast as the pilot, who is ready to go down fighting for his passengers and aircraft. James Brolin, young, vibrant, and extremely unpredicable and intense as the flipped out Army Vet is absolutely convincing as the terribly misunderstood villian. Check out the scene where Brolin uses his Green Beret karate tricks to take on Rosie Greer and some of the other "Hero" passengers. It is one of the best moments in the film, when Brolin pulls out a grenade and yells out, " Alright you hero's, come and get it!" But of course in the end, it comes down to only two who must square off face to face in this wonderful suspence drame. Supporting cast is great too. Pick up your favorite beverage and pop some corn, sit back and enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Air Rage July 28, 2001
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Even a trusted Hollywood icon like Charlton Heston isn't safe from a certain amount of terror. He plays the pilot at the controls of this 1972 suspense drama, one of the many disaster films (or "multi-jeopardy" films, as Heston liked to call them) made during the 1970s. James Brolin is excellent as the seemingly all-American army man who orders Heston's plane to be flown into Russia. John Guillermin's direction is pretty good, and there isn't all that much melodrama like we see in many other such movies. The film was actually banned in Australia because the government there was afraid it would encourage copycat incidents. Nothing of the sort happened, and the film became another huge hit for Heston in his post-epic days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Having bestrode the epic genre like a colossus in the 50s and 60s, Charlton Heston made a pretty good stab at being the go-to-guy for disaster movies in the 70s with Earthquake, Airport 1975 and Gray Lady Down, with this 1972 hijacking thriller acting as something of a warmup for him. It ticks most of the genre boxes - a cast of fading stars, high-concept premise - but is more interested in avoiding disaster than revelling in it as Chuck's pipe-smoking pilot ("Nobody dies on my airplane!") discovers there's a mad bomber on board and since Van Heflin isn't on the passenger list it could be anyone in First Class. Unfortunately, while the film gets some good mileage over concealing the hijacker's identity, the DVD sleeve and menu give it away, but since this is from the days when the worst most hijackers wanted was to fly to a communist country, after a well executed storm landing, most of the film is taken up with his attempts to outwit the crazy Vietnam vet who wants to hijack his plane to take him to Russia. Well, it makes a change from Cuba....

The cast are more familiar than famous - Yvette Mimieux, Walter Pidgeon, James Brolin, Susan Dey and a pregnant Mariette Hartley (less than flatteringly photographed, but no-one looks good giving birth even in First Class) are the closest to V.I.P.s on this flight - but it's directed with John Guillermin's customary professionalism, and while the script and characters were clichéd even in 1972 it's a lot better than you might expect, even showcasing some impressive aerial footage that forsakes models for the real thing. No worldbeater, but certainly better than average timefiller that's rather better than its inclusion as part of Warners' Cult Camp Classics Collection might lead you to believe (indeed, the only real moments of unintentional camp are the odd flashback). No extras, but a decent 2.35:1 widescreen transfer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tension-Filled Adventure Starring Charlton Heston December 3, 2001
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There are no splashy special effects at work in 1972's "Skyjacked" (a.k.a.: "Sky Terror"), just a lot of tension on board a Boeing 707 jetliner that has been "skyjacked" to Russia. James Brolin is quite convincing as the bad guy who diverts the plane to Moscow. And Charlton Heston is, as always, first-rate as the aircraft's Captain (similar to roles he would play in later years in "Airport 1975" and "A Thousand Heroes"). I ask you: Who wouldn't want Charlton Heston as their airline Captain?! A no-brainer!

The action is, at times, a bit on the slow side. But, overall, it delivers the goods. Best scene (IMO): Heston has to make a "zero-zero" landing after being diverted to Anchorage International Airport (before the plane continues on to Moscow). The plane is being "talked in" by air-traffic controller Claude Akins. The tension is temporarily relieved as Heston puts the plane down perfectly in the blinding rain. This scene follows another good one, where Heston must maneuver his Boeing 707 violently, in order to avoid a small aircraft in the same airspace. This is a good picture for an airplane lover.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 1 month ago by Markus
3.0 out of 5 stars Moses parts the Iron Curtain
- Capt. Henry O'Hara (over the P.A.): "I'd like to repeat one thing: this threat is probably a hoax... Well, one good thing: all drinks are on the airline for everyone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by H. Bala
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Watchable
If it has been a while since you last saw an airplane disaster movie, this one will show you how they were done back in their heyday. Read more
Published 7 months ago by drkhimxz
5.0 out of 5 stars Skyjacked won't disappoint you.
An oldie but a goodie, this movie throws a twist at you that will surprise you and maybe even get you laughing near it's end. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Shawn M Prenatt
4.0 out of 5 stars THE SON OF AIRPORT
I loved the big budget star filled disaster movies of the 70's. Couldn't make one today. Too many egos and too much money. The Airport movies were a great example. Read more
Published 10 months ago by submariner
4.0 out of 5 stars LOTS OF FUN AND WELL DONE
Published 11 months ago by AZRIFLEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick
Saw this for the first time when it was out in the theatres back in the 70's. Glad i ordered it for my collection.
Published 13 months ago by Ken Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This movie by far was better than the sequel airport movies. Charlton Heston is great in this movie as he is in all his movies.
Published 17 months ago by Patrick K Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Thriller
Love it, very atmospheric and classy actioner. Great cast, good story......I can only recommend it. See it, feel it and enjoy it.
Published 18 months ago by John Johansen
2.0 out of 5 stars A very minor Charlton Heston's flick, which aged badly and was never...
All huge fan of Charlton Heston as I am, I was nevertheless disappointed by this 1972 film about hijacking of a passenger plane. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Maciej
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