Jet Storm (also known as Jet Stream or Killing Urge) is a 1959 British thriller film directed and co-written by Cy Endfield. Richard Attenborough stars with Stanley Baker, Hermione Baddeley and Diane Cilento. The film is a precursor to the later aviation disaster film genre such as Airport (1970).
|Directed by||Cy Endfield|
|Written by||Cy Endfield|
|Produced by||Steven Pallos|
|Edited by||Oswald Hafenrichter|
|Music by||Thomas Rajna|
|Distributed by||United Producers Releasing Organization|
Ernest Tilley (Richard Attenborough), a former scientist who lost his daughter two years earlier in a hit-and-run accident, tracks down James Brock (George Rose), the man he believes is responsible for the accident and boards the same airliner on a transatlantic flight, flying from London to New York.
The film looks at the passengers in their various pairings throughout the film.
Tilley has hidden a bomb on board and threatens to blow it up in an act of vengeance, not only killing Brock but also all passengers and crew.
When Captain Bardow (Stanley Baker) and the passengers realise that he is serious, and they cannot find the bomb (which Tilley had attached to the underside of the airliner's left wing), they begin to panic. Some want to pressure him into revealing the location of the bomb, while others such as Doctor Bergstein (David Kossoff) try to reason with the now silent Tilley. Mulliner (Patrick Allen), a terrified passenger, attempts to kill Brock to get Tilley to not set off the bomb.
Acting out of fear, Brock is killed when he smashes a window and is blown out of the airliner. Tilley, coming to his senses when a young boy passenger soothes him, disconnects the remote control for the bomb, then commits suicide by poison. As the airliner approaches New York, the passengers realise that they will survive.
- Richard Attenborough as Ernest Tilley
- Stanley Baker as Capt. Bardow
- Hermione Baddeley as Mrs Satterly
- Bernard Braden as Otis Randolf
- Barbara Kelly as Edwina Randolph
- Diane Cilento as Angelica Como
- David Kossoff as Dr Bergstein
- Virginia Maskell as Pam Leyton
- Harry Secombe as Binky Meadows
- Elizabeth Sellars as Inez Barrington
- Sybil Thorndike as Emma Morgan
- Mai Zetterling as Carol Tilley
- Marty Wilde as Billy Forrester
- Patrick Allen as Mulliner
- Paul Carpenter as George Towers
- Megs Jenkins as Rose Brock
- Jocelyn Lane as Clara Forrester
- Cec Linder as Col Coe
- Neil McCallum as Gil Gilbert
- Lana Morris as Jane Tracer
- George Rose as James Brock
- Peter Bayliss as Bentley
- Captain John Crewdson as Whitman
- Paul Eddington as Victor Tracer
- Glyn Houston as Michaels
- Peter Illing as Gelderen
- Jeremy Judge as Jeremy Tracer
- George Murcell as Saunders
- Alun Owen as Green
- Irene Prador as Sophia Gelderen
The type of aircraft depicted is a Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-104. Although the airline and its crew are clearly British, having departed from London and a BEA Vickers Viscount is also seen, the aircraft shown at the beginning is sporting the Soviet Union's flag on the tail. This twin-jet airliner was only used by airlines in the Soviet bloc. A medium-range airliner, the Tu-104 also could not have been used on transatlantic routes.[Note 1]
In the Time Out review, John Pym saw Jet Storm as, "A British prototype for the Airport disaster movies of the '60s and '70s." He went on to note, "... like its later supersonic counterparts, Endfield's film is naive and contrived, but not without interest as the alarmed passengers soon divide into groups: reactionary (advocating torture) and liberal (patience and persuasion)."
The TV Guide critic wrote, "... thanks to an outstanding cast, this air-disaster film manages to limp to a landing with its 'thriller' status intact." The Radio Times applauded "... a star turn for Attenborough, who brings a convincing complexity to the role of bomber and bereft father."
- The Tupolev Tu-104 is a single hull airliner; it did not have a lower deck as depicted in the film.
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- Santoir, Christian. "Jet Storm". Aeromovies. Retrieved: 15 March 2015.
- Pym 2004, p. 601.
- "Jet Storm Review." Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved: 6 June 2014.
- "Jet Storm | Film review and movie reviews." The Radio Times, 4 February 2014. Retrieved: 6 Nay 2014.