Mayday (2005 film)

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Based on Mayday
by Thomas Block with Nelson DeMille
Written byKevin Lund (teleplay)
T. J. Scott (teleplay)
Directed byT. J. Scott
Starring Aidan Quinn
Dean Cain
Kelly Hu
Music by Sean Callery
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerJudy Cairo
CinematographyPaul Elliott
EditorDavid B. Thompson
Running time120 minutes
Production companiesLaird Mcmurray Film Services Inc.
CBS Television Studios
Chautauqua Entertainment Jerry Leider Company
Distributor Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)
Original release
  • October 2, 2005 (2005-10-02)

Mayday is a 2005 American made-for-television thriller film based on the 1979 novel by American author Thomas Block. The novel was updated in 1998 by authors Thomas Block and Nelson DeMille and re-released as a paperback. [1] The film was directed by T. J. Scott and stars Aidan Quinn, Gail O'Grady, Dean Cain, Charles Dutton, Michael Murphy and Kelly Hu. It aired on CBS in the United States on October 2, 2005.



A state-of-the-art supersonic passenger jet is flying from San Francisco to Tokyo. At 12 miles (19.2 km) above the Pacific Ocean, the Pacific Global Flight 52 is struck by an errant U.S. Navy missile that cripples the aircraft. The missile has killed the flight crew, and left almost all of the other crew and most of the passengers dead, near death, or psychologically deranged.

A handful of survivors on the airliner must now have to achieve the impossible: to land the aircraft despite weather, intrigues and technical problems. While terror and hysteria begin to increase for those on board, John Berry (Aidan Quinn), a weekend pilot is forced to take control of the airliner and navigate it to safety. Meanwhile, the U.S. military, Anne Metz (Gail O'Grady), a representative from the insurance company and executives from the Pacific Global Airline are all working to keep the incident a secret. U.S. Navy Commander James Sloan (Dean Cain) sends Lt. Peter Matos (James Thomas) to destroy the crippled airliner, but the pilot disobeys his orders.

U.S. Navy Admiral Randolf Hennings (Charles S. Dutton) also defies his superiors and pledges to tell the true story of the accident in his report to the Pentagon. Berry and flight attendant Sharon Crandall (Kelly Hu) survive another attempt to down the aircraft and eventually manage to control the stricken airliner and bring it back to a safe landing in San Francisco.



Originally developed with TNT Network for the 2003-2004 season, the Mayday project was picked up for production for the 2005-2006 CBS season. Principal photography took place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Chautauqua Entertainment and the Jerry Leider Co. in association with Paramount Network TV, at the Toronto Film Studios. Filming took place from July 9, 2005 with shooting completed on August 6, 2005. [2]


Mayday was reviewed by Brian Lowry for Variety ; he said: "Although "Mayday" is based on a bestselling novel, it's hard to escape the distracting sense that it feels like a sober-minded update of "Airplane!," what with a weekend pilot and attractive stewardess forced to land a wounded plane filled with incapacitated passengers." [3]

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