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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, James Coburn, Richard Thomas, Leon Russom, John M. Jackson
  • Directors: Lamont Johnson
  • Writers: Harve Bennett
  • Producers: Bradley Wigor, Dorothea G. Petrie, Joseph Maurer, Paul A. Levin
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: New Concorde
  • VHS Release Date: October 29, 1996
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303093493
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Authentic drama of United Airlines flight 232 from Denver to Chicago. The DC-10 crashed during an emergency landing at Sioux City Gateway Airport on July 19, 1989. 184 people survived, partly thanks to the ground rescue workers who had 40 minutes to prepare for the event.

Customer Reviews

I have watched this movie at least a 100 times, The acting is good.
Kenneth Mason
The main reason that I really like "A Thousand Heros" that unlike out diaster movies, this movie focuses more on the aftermath than the event.
M. E. Newell
Heston's undeniable presence boosts the film never-the-less, though a younger, more intense physical actor may have better served the role.
Chris K. Wilson

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
In the movie a plane carrying 296 people blows it's 2nd engine and loses all elevation control while in the air. They have to emergency land at a small airport nearby. All ambulences and firetrucks anywhere in near by cities where all called over to help because everyone knew the landing would be bad. The plane went down and broke into four pieces. Amazingly 189 people were still alive after, including the pilot and the other three men in the cockpit. The movie is very graphic and you see a lot of dead bodies, blood, and explosions. This is not a movie for people with weak stomachs. The movie is very realistic and the actors and actresses played their parts wonerfully. I loved this movie. It is one of my all-time favorites, and I've only seen it once. So, that should show you how big of an impact the movie makes. Everyone should see this movie!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
i saw this film a long time ago on british television. for years i could not think of the name, but what i could remember was charlton heston starred, along with many other fine actors, and that i had to have the movie. for the last ten or so years i have searched movie books, video shops etc, to see if i could recognise the title, to no avail. then i went onto an actors website, punched in charlton hestons name, and hay presto, there it was. the plot was so unforgetable and i am so pleased i found it, although i have not managed to retrieve a copy of the movie yet. this movie shows that human beings can pull together in times of disaster, and how well firefighters, and medics can do their jobs. how lucky we are
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on February 8, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
The 1992 TV film A THOUSAND HEROES (which first aired as CRASH LANDING: THE RESCUE OF FLIGHT 232) recounts the events of July 19, 1989, when United Airlines Flight 232, enroute from Denver to Chicago, suffered a catastrophic engine explosion in mid-flight, which totally disabled its ability to stay airborne. Captain Al Haynes was forced to bring United 232 in for a very hard landing at Sioux City Airport in Iowa. The plane blew up and came apart on impact. But in one of the most miraculous outcomes ever, of the 289 passengers and crew onboard, more than 180 managed to survive the horrific ordeal.
With the exceptions of some slight dramatizations, A THOUSAND HEROES remains true to the essence of the story. Both veteran director Lamont Johnson and screenwriter Harve Bennett (STAR TREK III) are aided by a solid enough cast. Charlton Heston is quite good as the heroic Al Haynes (even if his being cast here seems a bit predictable). James Coburn scores as the tough-as-nails Sioux City airport emergency official who manages to get his team on the tarmac in time; and Richard Thomas, though he doesn't completely escape his "John Boy" image from "The Waltons", also does good work as the green rookie of Coburn's team.
A story as true as this with a miracle finish would seem tailor-made for the movies, and A THOUSAND HEROES works in that fashion. But we also see how Haynes and his crew managed to handle their in-flight emergency like the professionals they were, and how the Sioux City ground crew prepared for the kind of emergency that no airport, however big or small, would ever want to have on their hands. It is a movie well worth seeing for the cast and, most importantly, for this miraculous true story of survival.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Craven on March 6, 2005
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This was a required viewing for a class i took at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical College. Very accurate emergency response recreation. If you are into these "Airport" type movies, you'll be on the edge of your seat with this one. I highly recommend it.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thelma C. Johnson on September 24, 2003
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I was a long-time resident of Sioux City when this happened, and the events are etched on my memory. This is largely a true recounting of the crash of United 232, with a few variations for dramatic effect. In my opinion, Al Haynes with Bill Records and Dennis Nielsen were far more heroic than the actors could convey. There was about an hour of lead time before the actual crash, which gave outlying rescue units from as far as 50 miles away time to arrive and be ready. Eastern newspeople asked, "Does Sioux City have an airport large enough to land this plane? Do they have any hospital facilities?" Big city prejudice! Of course, we did. The airport, in a rural area south of the city, was left over from an air base with long runways built during WWII. Our hospitals were the best between Omaha and Minneapolis. What better place to have a crash than where it happened! Doctors and nurses were ready; helicopters were positioned; traffic was halted. The movie could have highlighted the most dramatic moment in a more meaningful way--the boy held in the arms of his rescuer. A statue in a memorial park preserves this moment. Perhaps a lesser-known actor than Heston would have been better in the role of Captain Al Haynes, if only to emphasize the heroism of the man rather than draw attention to Heston the celebrity. One can only say that the movie was a good job, but could never approach the level of heroism of everyone who was there that day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "alexeteira" on May 4, 2003
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I would not have cast Charlton Heston as the humble Captain Haynes, and I'll NEVER be able to watch Richard Thomas portray a character without thinking "John-boy", but it is still a very good made-for-TV movie. I had hoped for more scenes on the jet while it was still in the air, because not all the heroes were in the cockpit or wearing badges that day. There aren't ANY scenes of the jet beyond the cockpit (or exterior views), and even those are few and far between.
As a bonus, I noticed several of the actual people involved pop up in cameo roles. Very nice.
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