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  • Actors: Cliff Robertson, Dana Andrews, Gordon MacRae, Frank Converse, Diane Baker
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paragon Video Productions
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001CV7RM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,723 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The Pilot You put your life in their hands, but you don't know a thing about them. The PILOT who flew with a deadly secret... The SPY who was sent to trap him... The MISTRESS who knew what he needed... The STEWARDESS whose diary could blow him out of the air. Running Time: Approx. 98 min.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
The Pilot is an interesting little movie about an alcoholic airline pilot. Little is paid to his home life, which might be for the better and quite a bit is held in the cockpit of what appears to be a Boeing 737. The main character is played by Cliff Robertson, who is seen going into the restroom of the airliner a lot during each flight, but this isn't due to a bladder problem, he goes in to get to his flask which he's carefully hid beneath the sink on each flight.

Keep in mind he's not a stumbling down drunk, at least most of the time. The guy's an excellent pilot and knows his business. He just has a problem with alcohol.

I really wish they'd bring this one out on DVD. For anyone that's a pilot or that flies as a passenger it's a good one to watch.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Eric H. Hutchinson on March 15, 2005
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The Pilot is an excellent movie about an airline Captain who is a first rate pilot. The captain has to deal with his alcoholism throughout the film. He recognizes that indeed he has a problem and seeks the aid of a physician to help conquer this disease. The aircraft Cliff Robertson is flying is not a 737. Not hardly. It is in fact a DC-8. 737's have 2 engines, the dc-8 has four. Captain Hagen just about kicks his alcohol problem where at the end of the movie he is forced to abort a takeoff due to an engine fire. He is caught by his first officer who is a "plant" to try and catch Hagen with alcohol on his person while on duty. The flask of alcohol falls out of his coat pocket from the crew closet during the aborted takeoff. Hagen subsequently loses his job, but the movie has a happy ending. It is believed that Capt. Hagen kicks the reliance on alcohol and pursues his real passion in life....being a private pilot who does crop dusting. Very realistic cockpit procedures as Robertson was a pilot in real life. I truly enjoyed this film as I have been a private pilot. Eric Hutchinson
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Ives on October 22, 2012
Format: VHS Tape
Make no mistake, this movie is very different from any you have seen. It will stick in your memory. The proof? It's currently being remade as a Denzel Washington movie. Cliff Robertson rides the fine line between good guy ace pilot and bad guy dangerous alcoholic. He nails it so well, that you end up not judgmental at all, but instead accepting him as the fallible human being he is. Bonus: the action sequences are nail biting, the flight sequences show the sheer joy of flying, and the emotional scenes are real and heartfelt. Honestly, you couldn't write a more real, human story than this. Why hasn't it been made into a DVD? I have no idea, the time has never been better...
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