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|Written by||John Michael Hayes|
|Story by||David Crisholm|
John Michael Hayes
|Directed by||Richard T. Heffron|
|Starring|| Valerie Bertinelli |
|Music by||Allyn Ferguson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production locations||Hartlee Field Airport, Denton, Texas|
Fort Worth, Texas
|Editors||Michael F. Anderson|
|Running time||150 minutes|
|Production company||Orion Television|
|Original release||October 25, 1988|
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