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Trouble In The Sky aka: Cone of Silence

3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Veteran pilot George Gort (Bernard Lee) faces a Court of Inquiry as the result of the crash of Phoenix jet airliner. He is ruthlessly cross-examined by Sir Arnold Hobbes Q.C. (George Sanders) and found guilty of pilot error. The pressure mounts on Gort when Captain Judd (Peter Cushing) accuses him of brining the aircraft in too low at Calcutta.With passenger lives at risk, Gort s daughter Charlotte (Elizabeth Seal) fights to clear her father s name by enlisting the help of Captain Dallas (Michael Craig). With time and lives of the essence, Charlotte tries to prove that more crashes could happen because of the manufacturer s flying regulations, and that her father is innocent of any negligence. Product Specs: DVD5: Dolby Digital Mono: 90 minutes: Color: Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1: MPAA - PG: Year - 1960: SRP - $19.99.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Cushing, George Sanders, Bernard Lee, Gordon Jackson, Michael Craig
  • Directors: Charles Frend
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003K1H126
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,964 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Charles Hall on May 3, 2012
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Boy, what can you say? Peter Cushing, Bernard Lee, George Sanders, with a cast like this and a subject taken from a real-life plane crash I guess I hoped for a better movie. But it's just not that good for some reason. The plot is kind of muddled, with a lot of plot exposition given in courtroom testimony into which we're dumped mid-trial. The middle of the film really drags with some ultra-cliched soap opera intrigue.

Somehow they've missed the mark, I suspect by not really tackling the technical issues. The real life Comet jet had certain unique design features that caused a couple of early crashes (before the later total disasters). Perhaps a more literate script with more details might have helped. They certainly could have given Peter Cushing a better part and cut out the jealous stewardess.

To see this kind of thing done right, see "No Highway in the Sky", which has the additional feature of having been written *before* the actual plane disaster that it so closely foretold. The real life Comet jet would have given the UK a real lead in jet passenger plane production but an insufficient understanding of metal fatigue doomed it. In Nevil Shute's book the "Reindeer" is the new design in question. The Comet wasn't produced until a few years later.
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I got this because Cushing was in it and I like british tv and movies.
This has George Sanders too. It's a good drama about an airline and a
pilot wrongly accused of a plane crash. Cushing has small part but good.
the movie is a well made drama and worth watching over and over.
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Great story based loosely on the British Comet aircraft. Way too talky, somewhat formulaic British film. Could have been a classic but isn't. The female lead who plays Bernard Lee's daughter is very good. Sly performance by George Sanders as a smooth lawyer.
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I was unaware of this movie, until I stumbled upon it, where else but amazon. i really enjoyed the movie.it was very crisp and clear.peter cushing is my all-time favorite actor, so if you're a petie fan you will enjoy this very unsual role he played in this film.
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Aubrey Baring Productions presents "TROUBLE IN THE SKY" (aka: Cone of Silence) (May 1960) (UK)) (90 min/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- The director Charles Frend has given us a well directed and laid out story with some of the best actors in the business sharing center stage --- The cast is strong with shades of a classic with familiar faces Peter Cushing, George Sanders, Gordon Jackson --- The pilot was blamed for the crash and relegated to flying piston engined freighters --- Filmed on a small budget this is a cut above the typical Hollywood airborne disaster epic --- powerful scenes thanks to the very impressive cast --- Based on true events

Under the Production Staff of:
Charles Frend [ Director]
David Beaty [novel]
Robert Westerby [writer]
Aubrey Baring [producer]
Gerard Schurmann [original score]
Arthur Grant [cinematographer]
Max Benedict [film editor]
Wilfred Shingleton [art director]
Wally Veevers .[special effects]

BIOS:
1. Peter Cushing
Date of Birth: 26 May 1913 - Kenley, Surrey, England, UK
Date of Death: 11 August 1994 - Canterbury, Kent, England, UK

2. Michael Craig
Date of Birth: 27 January 1928 - Poona, Maharashtra, India
Date of Death: Still Living

3. Bernard Lee
Date of Birth: 10 January 1908 - London, England, UK
Date of Death: 16 January 1981 - London, England, UK

4. George Sanders
Date of Birth: 3 July 1906 - St. Petersburg, Russia
Date of Death: 25 April 1972 - Castelldefels, Barcelona, Spain (suicide)

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