Synopsis: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober -- but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 42 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
138 min

The YOUNG WOMAN, looking more like a stripper by the second,

hands the joint to WHIP who takes a masterful drag. WHIP

shakes his head in violent disapproval to what he hears onthe phone. He exhales in anger as he shouts into the phone.


NO! NO! NO! You decided he needed

private school...lemme talk toKnuckles. He’s not? Tell’em the

phone works both ways. Oh he's myson because you need a tuitioncheck...that's great Deana. I'mglad you tracked me down in Orlandoat 7 in the fucking morning toshake me down for money. Does he

even like the fucking school? No

I’ve never seen it. Yeah I wonder

why not too. I gotta 9 o'clockflight, sit tight 'till I get backto Atlanta. How am I a liar?

What? No, I’ll call you.

WHIP hangs up and continues to make quick work of the lastbeer as he stares through his thoughts and out the window.


Was that your wife?


That was my ex-wife. But youTrina, you could be my second orthird wife if you’d just C’mere.

The YOUNG WOMAN we now know as TRINA smiles seductively...


Whip, don’t even joke about that.

Our flight's at 9, let’s hit it.

TRINA is still naked but she holds a navy blue skirt and awhite blouse as she hands WHIP his pants. WHIP can’t helpbut pat that perfect ass as TRINA tries to skip away.

ON THE RADIO We hear the opening bars of a familiar rockanthem...JOE COCKER’s “I’m Feeling Alright”



Yeah, I'm feelin' a little lightheaded.

I shoulda ate somethin'.

WHIP leans over the motel table, picks up a soda straw that'sbeen cut in half. He efficiently sniffs up a line of coke.


WHIP wears his pilot Blues and carries his hat as he strides

confidently down the hallway. JOE COCKER continues to wail,

perfectly narrating the hero’s swagger that WHIP maintains

while passing bad light fixtures and ornate wall paper.

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John Gatins

John Gatins (born April 16, 1968) is an American screenwriter, director, and actor. He is credited with writing and directing Dreamer and writing Coach Carter, Real Steel, and Flight, among others. As an actor, he has collaborated three times with Eddie Murphy. more…

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Submitted on June 30, 2016

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