Murder on Flight 502 (1975) - Drama, Mystery, Thriller

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Left in the lounge for first-class passengers, a letter warns of murders on Flight 502 -- and the warning is received a day early.

IMDB: 5.3
Director: George McCowan
Stars: Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-PG
Reviews: 4 out of 28 found boring (14.28%)

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Back in the 70's all the major networks would put out these made-for-TV movies, usually featuring a collection of unknowns and a good number of well known actors and actresses and for the most part they were always enjoyable, even though they were't as sophisticated or as big budget as a major motion picture.

Woefully inept and tiresome film is clichéd and contrived beyond belief, though may well have inspired later spoof "Airplane!

I can't remember if I ever watched in on TV in the 70's, but it brought back memories of enjoyable enough nights in the living room watching the set.

SUMMARY: With a noteworthy cast of film and television stars, that includes Farrah Fawcett, Sony Bono, Ralph Bellamy, Robert Stack, and Fernando Lamas, this thrilling whodunit reaches true heights of terror.

Some mention the variation in quantity of passengers in some scenes (coming and going of passengers), but there's the bathrooms, and not staying in your seat would be normal back in the good old days when a lounge was available, though they showed the lounge mostly empty when shown at all.

The basic plot line of this Aaron Spelling tele-feature is actually pretty suspenseful, dramatizing the efforts of Stack to discover which of his passengers sent a warning that there would be murders on his flight.

Cheap sets - an "airport lounge" that looks like the set of a cheap office where some equally cheap 70s show had just been filmed, the "aircraft" with impossibly wide expanses, giant square door, "hundreds" of passengers of which we only see a handful and sometimes the cabin seems empty, the TWO, yes TWO stewardesses, disappearing passengers (Danny Bonaduce stops appearing in the cabin half way through) a cockpit where nothing ever seems to happen except hilarious radio exchanges, a plane that takes off and in the next shot is shown landing (different models, different colour schemes even used in consecutive shots of the supposed airliner taking off), not to mention the impossibly ridiculous "script".

A total waste of talent but perhaps worth watching because it IS so bad!

Cheesy and common to the times, still there's a nostalgia to watching these old flicks from the 70's, it was worth the watch for that alone.

This is well worth watching for its all star cast.

While director George McCowan fails to generate much in the way of tension and the murderer's identity is pretty easy to figure out, several deliciously cornball melodramatic subplots, an unwieldy narrative that's rife with ridiculous heavy-handed coincidences, and the colorful array of engaging cardboard characters all give this honey a good deal of kitschy charm.

But it has a "Producer Aaron Spelling" look and feel to it, with those cheap sets, bland dialogue, cardboard characters, and nondescript elevator music, all rather typical of assembly-line 1970's made-for-TV movies.

Have no doubts, this show sucks, but its entertaining because it's so corny and unbelievably minimal in content.

No one will confuse this film with art, but it's good for what it is - an entertaining, fun TV movie.

This was clearly made by Aaron Spelling as lightly entertaining TV mystery to keep people occupied for a couple of hours in front of their TV screens.

There's also some hideous stock footage of emergency vehicles on the ground, as well as tiresome sidebars to George Maharis playing a security chief at Kennedy Airport with a toothache.