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Plot: Chicago air traffic controller Jack Harris is a wreck with guilt nightmares after a major airplane crash that killed all 174 aboard. He gives up the job and designs air traffic control games in Phoenix. Five years later, his ex-colleague T.C. Bryant, also transferred to Phoenix, desperately asks… Runtime: 93 min Release Date: 26 Aug 1998
Air traffic controller helps plane in trouble on hectic night. (by lalahome)
I loved this movie. The story was exciting. The characters were wonderful. The acting was great. I have seen it more than once and keeps me interested and excited every time. I can really empathize with air traffic controllers after watching "Ground Control". I wish they would do a sequel.
Extremely engaging, the best independent action film I've ever seen (by millennia-2)
'Ground Control' is probably the biggest surprise I've ever encountered since I became a movie fan years ago. It's incredibly well done, with great performances all around, and is seriously the best independent action film I've ever seen, if that could be imagined. The climax is truly riveting, aided by tight editing and strong direction. The real surprise with this movie is that almost all of it takes place in a single set, a fact that the director/editor managed to cover up. It seems that real care was poured into 'Ground Control', a rare feat these days with the <more>
countless B action flicks being pumped out each month, and it shows. It's sad that the movie didn't enjoy even a short theatrical run, as it more than deserves it, especially after the similar, and far inferior, 'Pushing Tin' making it into theaters a year later.It's as if the producers managed to find the only actors that actually have talent and haven't yet made it big time, and casted them in this movie. Kiefer Sutherland The Lost Boys is great in the main role, and is given strong support from Kelly McGillis Top Gun, Witness- and the only real high profile actor in the film , Kristy Swanson The Chase and Robert Sean Leonard Dead Poets Society The production values are unexpectantly high, especially for a movie on a budget like this one. Very good direction, commendable editing, and a superb script. The dialog is crisp and realistic, with a few really good one-liners, something I've never seen in a low budget action movie. The musical score is original and also very good, comparable to that of many large studio productions.Despite a few flaws already pointed out in previous postings, I absolutely loved this movie, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing a refreshing break from the norm.9/10
This movie was really good, it had a lot of suspense and action and also a few jokes here and there. This movie didn't have A class actors but thats one other thing made this movie a top watch. I actually think now having watched it that the events that happened in this movie were not just believable but realistic, being a air traffic controller would not be the easiest job in the world and would also be a very stressful job as well. This movie is only for real people with an imagination, you do not need a big A class cast and a big budget to make a good film. All you need is some B class <more>
actors who fit the role and a moderate budget and you have a top movie. Im hoping to see more B class movies just like this one in the near and present future.
The most accurate view of ATC I've ever seen (by blkbear-2)
As a real life instrument pilot and simulated air traffic controller, I can say this film presents the most realistic view of the trials and tribulations of a Center Controller I've ever seen. Sure they jazz up the sets a little, but the jargon, problems and other ATC details are right on.
Rather good movie (by sabad1)
General Synopsis of the movie is that after a crash, a top rated Air traffic controller leaves the business. Then 5 years later is brought back for one night due to the facility being understaffed and too many planes coming in....This movie actually should have been pegged as a drama instead of action/adventure...but be that as it may, it was rather good. One could go on and on about how it isn't realistic, but in truth...how many movies really are? The title role of Jack Harris is played by Kiefer Sutherland. This is a key factor to the movies success. His uncanny ability to visibly <more>
portray emotions is essential to the role. As usual, he brings the "I'll do anything to make me a human on film" trademark with him. Anyone for getting sick in the bathroom sink? This trademark is what has endeared him over the years to so many fans and critics alike.Also Staring were Robert Sean Leonard as the cocky hotshot air traffic controller; Bruce McGill as the overworked supervisor who pleads with Jack to come back, even if just for one night; Kelly McGillis as the politically minded administrator she ends up being a good guy in the end ; Kristy Swanson as the "newbie" air traffic controller fresh out of the academy; and our beloved Henry Winkler as the facility mechanic who keeps everything running, even though the equipment is old and some without replacement.Although the movie is meant to "entertain", the whole crux of the movie is to tell a story about being an Air Traffic Controller and the absolute stress behind that job. This is something they did quite well. All in all, it was a rather good film. It will hold interest up until the end and has a very climatic, edge of your seat, finish.Who will like this movie? 1. Probably air traffic controllers even though it might not be completely factual 2. People who like a good human interest story 3. The over 40 crowd. 4. Kiefer fansWho will not like this movie? Those whose mentalities require constant barrages of special effects, action, cussing, sex, violence and/or blood pass on this one, it won't fill your needs.Ending notes: If you fall into the "who will like this movie" group definitely give it a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.