16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2004
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.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2005
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
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2012
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...
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
This movie tells it like it really is.You'll see first hand how it is to be an actual airline captain. In todays times this would have never happened. Captain Hagen would have been put into a treatment program and then released back to the line.This movie is one of the best and that's why it is a Classic even today.