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Pilot Chesley Sullenberger is branded a hero when he saves his passengers' lives by landing his damaged airliner on the Hudson River, but he is left haunted by the event.

On 15 January 2009, Captain Chesley Sullenberger becomes an international hero when his experience and professionalism brings to safety the 155 passengers aboard flight 1549 after an unprecedented bird strike knocks out both engines soon after take off from La Guardia Airport. Distracted by a blaze of publicity, he and his co-pilot Jeff Skiles face an official aviation investigation into the miraculous landing, and doubts are raised by computer evidence and simulations that suggest he should have taken a less drastic course of action.

1 hour, 29 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 Aug 2020 20:30


Role Contributor
Director Clint Eastwood
Writer Todd Komarnicki
Chelsey 'Sully' Sullenberger Tom Hanks
Jeff Skiles Aaron Eckhart
Lorrie Sullenberger Laura Linney
Charles Porter Mike O'Malley
Elizabeth Davis Anna Gunn
Ben Edwards Jamey Sheridan