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  • Newforest
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    Film title? UK light plane film...

    A few years ago, I saw half a film on US TV where a light plane was flying north to south in the UK and the main actor, presumably not a pilot, was going to attempt a landing because the pilot was incapacitated or had jumped overboard. Any idea what the film was?
    http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!
  • Paul F
    Retired Lawnmower Racer

    #2
    Talk Down?

    Sounds like the film was based on Brian Lecomber's novel "Talk Down" in which the female passenger of a Cherokee(iirc) is talked down aftewr her male pilot passes out. A good book, well worth a read.

    Paul F

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    • Newforest
      Rank 5 Registered User

      #3
      Thanks Paul, but this actor was male, not that this would prevent the film company from changing a minor detail. No guess on the film name yet? There is no film called Talk Down.
      http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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      • Paul F
        Retired Lawnmower Racer

        #4
        Wot, No "little woman" wrestling with the controls

        I can't imagine a film company turning down the opportunity to portray a "poor helpless female" triumphing over the odds despite her sex (sorry, but they can still be very sexist).

        However, the fact that the GA plane is heading South fits so closely with Talkdown plot that I'm sure that's the book it's based on.

        Paul F

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        • JDK
          JDK
          Mr Tweed

          #5
          Even if it's not the fim, I'd highly recommend the book. Brian Lecomber is a great writer, and I recall (stupidly) picking it up late one evening for a second time to read... Yeah, you guessed, the early morning saw me finishing it. It really IS gripping and clearly unputdownable. Brian's other books are recommended too. Oh, and he gets his aerotautical facts right too.
          James K

          Looking and thinking...
          Vintage Aero Writer: Blog & Details

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          • Newforest
            Rank 5 Registered User

            #6
            At the risk of hijacking my own thread, if I had one book on my desert island, it would be Gavin Lyall, 'Shooting Script'. An action book involving a Dove, Vampires and B.25. The second choice would the 'The Last Hostage' by J.J.Nance, an American aviation writer of quality and this one involves a commercial hijack or does it?

            Anyway diversion over, back to my film, light plane over the U.K. to be landed by a passenger, sounds like the Talk Down book, but what is the title of the film?
            http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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            • mike currill
              Big pistons rule

              #7
              Originally posted by JDK
              Even if it's not the fim, I'd highly recommend the book. Brian Lecomber is a great writer, and I recall (stupidly) picking it up late one evening for a second time to read... Yeah, you guessed, the early morning saw me finishing it. It really IS gripping and clearly unputdownable. Brian's other books are recommended too. Oh, and he gets his aerotautical facts right too.
              As a pilot he should, but I agree with the remaarks made so far about Talk Down (I've only read it three times, it's about due another read I think) Unfortunately I've never been able to find any of his other titles and wish I could.
              The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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              • JDK
                JDK
                Mr Tweed

                #8
                Brian's other books that are listed here:at ABE books
                Are 'Dead Weight' & 'Turn Killer'.

                Fraid I'm stumped as to the film!
                James K

                Looking and thinking...
                Vintage Aero Writer: Blog & Details

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                • Chipmunk Carol
                  Surly bond slipper

                  #9
                  Newforest: The British Film Institute (BFI) are fantastic at answering vague questions like yours. Why don't you email them? Try their website contacts page - http://www.bfi.org.uk/help/contact/4.

                  Let us know what happens.
                  de Havilland forever!

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                  • Moggy C
                    Moderator

                    #10
                    Originally posted by mike currill
                    Unfortunately I've never been able to find any of his other titles and wish I could.
                    'Dead Weight' is currently available on Amazon UK

                    Moggy
                    "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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                    • Newforest
                      Rank 5 Registered User

                      #11
                      Hi Janie, Thanks for your suggestion! They suggested the IMDB, the international movie data base which I had already checked and the Time Out Film Guide, available in libraries and bookshops. The film should be listed under 'Flying Dramas'. As at this moment in time I am unable to access either of the last two options, my quest must remain in limbo unless someone has access to the said book?
                      http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                      • Trinny
                        Senior Member

                        #12
                        The events that most closely match your recollections are actually based on a real-life story which took place in 2002.

                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/military/s...ticle_continue

                        They have been dramatised for TV on a number of occasions, most notably on Emergency 999. I would imagine that you saw this.

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                        • Newforest
                          Rank 5 Registered User

                          #13
                          Originally posted by Trinny
                          The events that most closely match your recollections are actually based on a real-life story which took place in 2002.

                          http://www.guardian.co.uk/military/s...ticle_continue

                          They have been dramatised for TV on a number of occasions, most notably on Emergency 999. I would imagine that you saw this.
                          Hi Trinny, Sorry, I think this is a red herring. My 'film memory' would be before 2002 and I am well familiar with your incident. In my film, the plane was flying north to south over central England over 3/10 clouds and I am sure it was fiction not reality.
                          http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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                          • Gerald S
                            Junior Member

                            #14
                            Film title? UK light plane film

                            I agree that the film sounds like Talk Down. I have all three of Brian Lecomber's books; I would like to see a follow-up to Talk Down. My favourite aviation book, however, is Wingborn by Martin Caidin.

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                            • Newforest
                              Rank 5 Registered User

                              #15
                              Originally posted by Gerald S
                              I agree that the film sounds like Talk Down. I have all three of Brian Lecomber's books; I would like to see a follow-up to Talk Down. My favourite aviation book, however, is Wingborn by Martin Caidin.
                              Hi Gerald, I agree with you about Brian's books but what would a successor to Talk Down be called and what would it be about

                              I like Martin's books but find them difficult to obtain, used

                              My desert island book would be Shooting Script by Gavin Lyall very closely folowed by The Last Hostage, J.J. Nance, check them out

                              So nobody has a clue about the name of the film
                              http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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