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Zero Hour!

Page history last edited by Andrew Alder 3 years, 6 months ago

One of my hobbyhorses 

 

This page is in the middle of a major rewrite. SO it's a bit messy... messier even than most of my pages. There may even be some inaccuracies!

 


 

 

If you like feelgood stories of survival when a passenger takes over from an ill pilot, I have two recommendations.

 

The true story of Doug White landing a King Air 200 is on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqPvVxxIDr0 and has received almost 4 million views. So you probably know about it. If not, recommended. Long but it and its sequel really got me in.

 

But the 1957 film Zero_Hour! is in many ways even better. It's even longer and a lot harder to find, and not all that famous. No cult following, not yet at least, not a lot of serious attention from researchers.

 

I want to give it a plug. On both counts. It's not only a brilliant film, it's an extremely significant one in the history both of cinema and of literature. And even of medicine! Big claims I know!

 

Significance

 

Arthur Hailey

This film was not only a significant boost to the career of Arthur_Hailey. it also foreshadowed much of his most successful later work.

 

Airport 0 

This was in many ways the first of the Airport_film_series, four further films the first of which was nominated in nine Academy Award categories although it only won one. 

 

Post traumatic stress disorder

The term post-traumatic_stress_disorder was first used in 1978.

 

Hailey was well qualified to write about it, and the performance of Dana_Andrews plus the cinematography, effects and production that supported his performance portray it brilliantly. In 1957. Dana was already a star, and made three movies that year. Hailey was up and coming.  

 

Chronology

1952 DSM-I includes a diagnosis of "gross stress reaction" which has similarities to the modern definition of PTSD

1956         https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_into_Danger

1956 Arthur_Hailey and is based on his first, Flight_into_Danger

1957 This film. It's the second screenplay by Arthur_Hailey and is based on his first, Flight_into_Danger which had the previous year launched his writing career. 

1968 

1970 Airport (1970 film) is still the most famous. That film was based on Hailey's 1968 novel also called Airport and is often credited with being the prototypical disaster_film of the 1970s. 

 

Perception

According to Wikipedia, Today, the film is best known for its 1980 film parodical remake, Airplane!, which uses parts of the original screenplay almost verbatim. 

 

Airplane! is a 1980 film that also went by the name of Flying High and has a cult following, but is in my opinion forgettable other than for its connection to Zero Hour! from which it even borrowed the final character of its title. It's OK, but no comparison. 

 

 

 

More to follow, but I think you get the idea 

 

 

 

 

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