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TURBULENCE

SYNOPSIS:
Ryan Weaver (Liotta), the "Lonely Heart Strangler," is a charming, but deadly serial killer. After heís arrested by Detective Hines (Elizondo), heís put on a plane back to Los Angeles. Escorted by U.S. Marshals who are also transporting Stubbs (Gleeson), a violent bank robber, they fly on Christmas Eve on a nearly empty plane. Stubbs gets the action going when he kills most of the marshals and the pilot and Weaver, knowing that heís destined for execution, doesnít plan on allowing the plane to land and kills Stubbs plus the co-pilot. That leaves flight attendants Teri Halloran (Holly) and Maggie (Hicks) to take care of things. With the help of an airline crisis manager, Rachel (Ticotin) and a friendly pilot, Captain Bowen (Cross), Teri does everything she can to land the plane while avoiding a huge storm and Weaver, whoís determined to get her.

"When Hollywood goes all out to be truly derivative, the results tend to be trashy films like Turbulence. Part action, part disaster and all cliche, this lame film is in desperate need of some major refuelling. The plot has an air of familiarity about it: A serial killer takes over a plane, kills most of the passengers and crew, and terrorises a flight attendant who must endure him, a bad storm, and land the plane. What a great comedy this would make. Sorry, thatís been done. OK, what a great idea for a disaster film. Hmmm, right, remember the first two Airport movies? Need one go on? Ray Liotta excels at playing charmingly malevolent characters, and clearly relishes the role, while Lauren Holly, looking attractive, lacks the conviction to play the filmís heroic flight attendant. Basically what youíve got here is a stupid film, badly written, lacking ANY sense of credibility or character development whatsoever. The only real turbulence is in the unimaginative direction of Robert Butler, whose career is destined for a crash landing. Much like this movie, one hopes!"
Paul Fischer

"Turbulence is one bumpy ride. This variation on the killer-is-loose scenario is skyhigh, as a convicted killer being transported from New York to Los Angeles gets control of a 747. Though skillfully executed on a technical level, the picture falls flat dramatically. Rife with cliches, itís often unintentionally funny when itís not straining the bounds of credulityÖ"
Leonard Klady, Variety

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TURBULENCE (M) 15+
(US)

CAST: Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly, Brendan Geleeson, Hector Elizondo, Ben Cross

DIRECTOR: Robert Butler

SCRIPT: Jonathan Brett

PRODUCER: Martin Ransohoff, David Valdes

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Lloyd Ahern

EDITOR: John Duffy

MUSIC: Shirley Walker

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mayling Cheng

RUNNING TIME: 100 mins

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: May 1, 1997

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