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The Pilot (1980)

Director: Cliff Robertson

Writer: Robert P. Davis

From novel: The Pilot by Robert P. Davis

Music: John Addison

Keywords: Action/Adventure, Alcoholism, Aviation

Former cropduster and veteran commuter pilot Mike Hagan harbors secret alcoholism; Hagan is fully aware of his problem and struggles to keep it under control. Very realistic cockpit scenes filmed in a vintage 1961 DC-8 show what it is like to be a pilot probably better than any other film. Cliff Robertson, who starred and directed, was a licensed pilot. Originally intended title was The Alcoholic Commercial Airline Crop-Dusting Pilot.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Dana Andrews
1-Jan-1909 17-Dec-1992 The Best Years of Our Lives
Diane Baker
25-Feb-1938   Mirage
Edward Binns
12-Sep-1916 4-Dec-1990 12 Angry Men
Frank Converse
22-May-1938   Will Chandler on Movin' On
Gordon MacRae
12-Mar-1921 24-Jan-1986 Oklahoma
Milo O'Shea
2-Jun-1926 2-Apr-2013 Ulysses
Cliff Robertson
9-Sep-1923 10-Sep-2011 Uncle Ben in Spider-Man


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