|SKYJACKED (director: John Guillermin; screenwriters: from the novel Hijacked by David Harper/Stan Greenberg; cinematographer: Harry Straddling Jr.; editor: Robert Swink; music: Perry Botkin Jr.; cast: Charlton Heston (Henry O'Hara), Yvette Mimieux (Angela Thacher), James Brolin (Jerome Weber), Claude Akins (Sgt. Ben Puzo), Jeanne Crain (Mrs. Clara Shaw), Susan Dey (Elly Brewster), Roosevelt Grier (Gary Brown), Walter Pidgeon ( Senator Arne Lindner), Leslie Uggams (Lovejoy Wells), Mariette Hartley (Harriet Stevens), Mike Henry (First Officer; Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Walter Seltzer; MGM; 1972)|
|"One of the
early '70s disaster films, which is
routine at best."
by Dennis Schwartz
the early '70s disaster films, which is
routine at best. John Guillermin ("Tarzan's
Greatest Adventure"/"The Blue Max"/"The Towering
Inferno") directs as if he was born to direct this
genre. It's written by Stan Greenberg and is
based on the novel Hijacked by David Harper.
100 passengers and crew leaving on a Boeing 707 from
the West Coast to Minneapolis are diverted to
Anchorage, Alaska, after a lipstick-scrawled note is
found on the john mirror that orders it do so because
there's a bomb on board. The no-nonsense married
captain is Hank O'Hara (Charlton Heston),
the good-looker head stewardess is the
captain's former lover Angela Thacher (Yvette
Mimieux) and the hijacker, wishing to
divert the plane to Moscow, is deranged Vietnam War
veteran Jerome Weber (James Brolin). Other people of
interest include Walter Pidgeon as a senator,
Rosie Grier as a jazz cellist, Susan Dey as a hippie
and a lady (Mariette Hartley) giving
birth with the assistance of the resourceful
harried captain diverts the plane to Alaska and then
to Moscow, where the Russians force the plane to land
and soldiers surround the plane. The unhinged hijacker
makes a poor impression on the Russians by wearing a
harness filled with grenades and pays the piper.
in an automatic fast-pace mode keeps the disaster pic
technically sound and Hollywood suspenseful despite
being trite and predictable and a waste of time.
REVIEWED ON 4/11/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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