Cy Endfield’s proto-typical airborne disaster movie revolves around a threat to blow up a London to New York-bound flight from one of the passengers aboard, Ernest Tilley (Richard Attenborough).
Attenborough’s performance as this man-on-the-edge is every bit as memorable as his more celebrated roles.
Mentally shattered by the death of his young daughter at the hands of an uncharged drunk driver (who Tilley knows is on the flight), Attenborough’s character is fuelled by a grief-stricken desire for revenge.
The late actor’s essaying of Tilley’s descent into and return from emotional hell is the high point of Endfield’s enjoyable, if contrived, thriller.
The excellent cast also features Stanley Baker, Diane Cilento, Hermione Baddeley, David Kossoff, Dame Sybil Thorndike, Harry Secombe and Mai Zetterling.
Dame Sybil Thorndike