Zero Hour!

Synopsis: A routine flight turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning - is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because 'Airplane' was a send-up of this forerunner of the 1970s disaster movie..
Director(s): Hall Bartlett
Production: Warner Home Video
 
IMDB:
6.6
APPROVED
Year:
1957
81 min
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On April 1 0th, 1945...

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...units of the 7 2nd Squadron

of the Royal Air Force...

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...crossed the boundary of Germany...

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...under the command of Canadian

squadron leader Ted Stryker.

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Their mission:

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Penetrate enemy fighter cover

and hold the formation intact...

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...for a vital incendiary raid on

the German supply depots of Wiesbaden.

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At 07:
30, 12 miles from the target...

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...enemy fighters

were sighted directly ahead.

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Stryker led his planes to meet them.

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Using the thick fog banks below

as a cover...

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...the Spitfires eluded the remaining

German fighters...

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...and reformed

for the initial run on the target.

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Although Stryker's weather reports

had indicated Wiesbaden would be clear...

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...the fog had closed in

over the entire area.

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There were two possible decisions:

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Pass up the vital target for less important

alternate to the south...

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...or maintain the descent

relying on instruments...

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...and a possible break in the fog

near the ground level.

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Stryker went for the vital target.

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Too late he realized his mistake.

Blinded by the fog...

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...six of Stryker's men crashed

into the German countryside.

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Five weeks later

the war in Europe was over.

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But for squadron leader Stryker, seriously

wounded in the course of the raid...

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...a new kind of war just beginning.

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It's closed in, Ted.

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-What about the alternate target?

-Can't see anything.

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-Think we're off course.

-We're on course.

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We're too low, Ted. We're too low!

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It seems to be heaIing very niceIy...

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...everything considered.

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Pressure on the optic nerve

is aImost compIeteIy gone.

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-Is there any pain Ieft in there?

-No.

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Keep Iooking straight ahead.

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I heard about that meeting

at headquarters this morning.

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Taking aII the bIame for what happened

on that raid was a courageous thing to do.

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Was it?

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Because of my mistake,

six men didn't return from that raid.

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What's the good of condemning yourseIf?

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Nothing you can do about it now.

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There's nothing I can do about it,

but that doesn't mean I can Iive with it.

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You're gonna have to, sooner or Iater.

You might as weII get used to it.

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You don't,

you haven't got much of a Iife ahead.

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Arthur Hailey

Arthur Hailey (April 5, 1920 – November 24, 2004) was a British-Canadian novelist whose plot-driven storylines were set against the backdrops of various industries. His meticulously researched books, which include such best sellers as Hotel (1965), Airport (1968), Wheels (1971), The Moneychangers (1975), and Overload (1979), have sold 170 million copies in 38 languages. more…

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