View From The Top

Synopsis: Donna Jensen was raised literally and figuratively on the wrong side of the trailer park in Silver Springs, Nevada. She always believed it was her destiny to get out of Silver Springs. After reading Sally Weston's book, Sally who is arguably the most famous now ex-flight attendant in the world, Donna believes the path to leaving Silver Springs is to become a flight attendant despite never having been on an airplane. After an initial bumpy start to this career, Donna shows a natural flair for the job, so much so that she applies to work for world class Royal Airlines, where Sally Weston mentors. After meeting Donna, Sally believes Donna is destined for flight attendant greatness, namely working first class in the New York-Paris flights. Donna believes in herself as a flight attendant, but has to overcome some obstacles, including flight attendant trainer John Witney, who has some hidden anger issues, and her friend Christine Montgomery who also wants to be a great flight attendant despi
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Bruno Barreto
Production: Miramax Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min


Every story starts somewhere.

And mine begins in a small town

called Silver Springs, Nevada.

My mother was an ex-show girl.

Emphasis on the "ex. "

There's my father.

He came by for the beer.

Whoa. Oh, my God.

Look at this.

Oh, my God!

Happy birthday, Donna

Whoa, whoa

I didn't get to blow out

my candles.

But I do remember my wish.

That I could get as far away

from Silver Springs

as possible.

Well, that didn't happen.

Come on, sweetie.

My mom, always optimistic,

was on her fourth

husband, Pete.

Come on, baby.

Come on.


Ugh. What happened?

Rodney. His son.

No need for DNA testing

on that one.

I still had my mind

on a different life

beyond Silver Springs.

Then I met Tommy,

the high school quarterback.

Boy, was he a great kisser.

Together, I knew

we were going places.

He went as far as

assistant manager at Big Lots

and used his pull to get me a

job in the luggage department.

This is the best bag

money can buy. Bar none.

You've got the nylon twill

with DuPont protective coating.

This is the bag you use

when you fly?


I've actually never been

on an airplane,

but if I ever get to go on one,

this thing is gonna follow me

around like my own little dog.

My birthday came,

and I didn't have to make

the same old wish.

Tommy and I had found

our way out.

Hey. I caught you.

Donna. Hey.

I thought you didn't get off

till 8:

I got Becky to cover for me.



Now that you're here...

Let me have the card.

No, no.

It's silly.

Just forget about it.

It's actually kind of corny.

Hey, I brought that dress

that you like.

Want to watch me change?

-No, hey, Donna.


Don't read that.

Come on.

I like things that are corny.

You're breaking up with me?

In a birthday card?


Well, they don't make

breaking-up cards.

[ Gasps ]

I thought that...

We had plans.

[ Sighs, groans ]

Donna, don't take this

the wrong way.

I decided to take

somebody else to Tucson.

Somebody else?


Linda from Lawn Chairs.

Actually, it's Brenda

in Barbecues.

Look, Donna,

you're a great girl.

Really, you are.

But with this promotion

and transfer to Tucson,

I just need to

shake things up a bit.

Business is business.

Come on, Donna.

Face it.

You're a small-town girl.

You belong here.

We're back

with more "Pure Oxygen,"

talking to Sally Weston.

Can you tell our viewers

the moment you decided

to change your life?

I left my job at Big Lots

and thought about becoming

an alcoholic.

Just kidding.

[ Sighs ]

But then something happened.

There I was

with garbage in front of me.

The worst moment of my life.

I thought,

"What am I gonna do?"

For a second I was real scared.

Since I was a girl,

all I heard from people was,

"You are nothing.

Nothing is what you deserve."

But that night

something clicked.

And I just knew

I was worth something.

From a little girl

in West Texas

to the world's most famous

flight attendant.

Author of "My Life in the Sky."

Can we get a shot of that?

Motivational speaker.

I'm curious.

Why'd you pick flying?

No matter how much I love

that sleepy little town,

none of my dreams

were waiting down there.

They were waiting up there.

And frankly, people,

no matter where you're from,

no matter who people

think you are,

you can be whatever you want.

But you got to start right now.

Right this second, in fact.

But how?

You should start

by buying my book.

I agree.

But you can't have my copy.

"My Life in the Sky."

We'll be right back

with more "Pure Oxygen."

[ Tires screech ]

I took Sally's advice.

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