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Ground Control

3.8 out of 5 stars 197 customer reviews

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Jack Harris (Sutherland) was the best air traffic controller in the business, until one plane crash cost him everything. His personal and professional fortunes wiped out, the only thing Jack has left is the haunting memory of the pilot's last words. Years later, a fierce storm cripples Phoenix and suddenly Jack is hurtled back into the world he'd thought he'd left behind. Now he faces the impossible: forget the past and safely land dozens of planes carrying hundreds of passengers with no radar, no contact and no control.

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  • Audio recorded in Ultra-Stereo

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  • Actors: Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce McGill, Kristy Swanson, Robert Sean Leonard, Kelly McGillis
  • Directors: Richard Howard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1573625531
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ground Control" on IMDb

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I'm not a ground controller, so I won't even try to analyze the technical aspects of this movie. I fully admit that I purchased "Ground Control" mainly because Kiefer Sutherland is the star and I love his acting. Even in movies that aren't the "best", Kiefer always delivers a fine performance, and "Ground Control" is no exception. I could list some negatives about the movie, such as the inclusion of Kristy Swanson in the cast. This woman adds nothing to the plot and isn't the least bit convincing, except when it becomes obvious that she has her eye on Jack (Kiefer)and follows him around, even during what should be private moments for him. Nothing personal against Kristy, but most of her contribution could have ended up on the cutting room floor and it would have been no loss. Kiefer Sutherland, however, proves again what a versatile actor he is as the tormented Jack Harris, a top notch ground controller, who years later, still feels responsible for a crash that was not his fault. Now, as a favor to his friend, Jack comes to lend a hand at Phoenix ground control, and soon finds himself in an all too familiar situation. This movie would fall apart if Kiefer Sutherland had not been in the role of Jack Harris. This is Kiefer's movie all the way, and every facial expression and word and action is totally Kiefer. He had me thoroughly convinced of what Jack Harris had gone through, and was still going through. I actually learned a lot from this movie. I learned that being a ground controller is NOT a cushy job, and the controllers who keep thousands of planes safe every day are more often than not overworked and in danger of burnout.....but they keep going. I know I couldn't be that dedicated......this is not a job I could handle. I give "Ground Control" high marks. Sure, it may not fit the definition of "award winning", but Kiefer Sutherland plows through the weaknesses of the film and he simply makes it work!
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True, there aren't many. But among the few, Ground Control ranks as one of the best. Yes, it has little action, stunts or FX, but that is not the movie's point. It is the story of one controller as he tries to get back into controlling after an accident five years ago. The acting and technical correctness is superb, the director has done a good job in guiding his people and the camera. You want a movie with sex, violence and a complicated story? Then this one is not for you. You want a smart, fun movie that is up-to-date and about an unusual subject? You got it. Ground Control is your deal. A bit slow some people say? Only if you are into the wham-bam action flicks and not intellectual challenging one's. Alec over and out...
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I found this movie very interesting. Perhaps I should to tell you that I am working as a flight attendant and often wondered about the work of flight controllers. Especially when you get notice that you have to go into holding for a time or if you experience a serious case of bad weather... Well, this movie is not packed with violence and big adventure that's for sure but neverless it's real good. If you like the atmosphere of the airport and flying as such then this movie is for you. It's the story about one flight controller who was involved in an accident and tries to get back to this kind of work after five years in a particularly busy time. I hope you enjoy this movie and that you'll learn to appreciate the flight controllers as much as I did.
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"Ground Control" is another one of those air traffic controller movies. Sure, there hasn't been a whole genre of this film, but there are more films on this subject than you would think. Most people in this non-theatrical feature act very convincingly, and Henry Winkler's electrician Quinn is an entertaining comic relief. The mostly good acting and the above-average authenticity of controller actions, attitudes, and jargon save this movie.
Otherwise, the plot is not too original, though it is executed somewhat stylishly and likeably. There are also way too many down points in the film where nothing exciting happens. It is definitely more of a drama of one air traffic controller, Jack Harris (Sutherland) coming to grips with re-entering the controller station after a plane crash on his watch five years ago, and should not be touted as an "action/adventure" picture.
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It was not a bad little diversion of a movie. Highly predictable (I kept thinking of "Airplane"). I'd give the story a C, and I'd give the writing a B, but there were some truly great actors who pulled it through despite all that. Bruce McGill, Henry Winkler, Keifer Sutherland, and a guy I thought did a fine job, Robert Sean Leonard. It's interesting to watch these fine actors wrest a degree of life out of the lifeless script. I'd say McGill and Winkler rescued this movie from mediocrity. Sort of a grade C movie with several grade A cast. A movie like this, I don't mind that it's highly predictable, in fact a movie like this I actually prefer it. You may want to watch "Airplane" before or after this movie, just to maintain a proper frame of mind.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie for its suspense and depiction of how intense is the job of ground controllers. As a retired pilot I deducted one star because there were some technical details that were a bit off. For instance, when was the last time you saw a vacuum tube? And it seems hard to believe that a major airport would not have a backup supply of critical parts. If you just overlook those technical flaws, this is a very good suspense movie. But don't watch it if you have a flight scheduled for the next day.
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