This time out, instead of a Big Three TV network or upper-tier cable network, HBO rebroadcast this ITV production that premiered in the United Kingdom on November 26, 1990 — then in the United States on December 9, 1990.
As with most of these TV movies, this was cross-marketed as a theatrical and TV film in numerous overseas markets courtesy of its all-star international cast headed by Ned Beatty, Peter Boyle, Vincent Gardenia, and Sean “Dr. Who” Pertwee. Keen eyes of the B&S About Movies variety will also notice Andrew Robinson and Micheal Wincott — both of too many TV series, theatrical and direct-to-video features to mention (okay, Robinson was in Hellraiser and Wincott was in The Crow).
This one is the hardest of all of the airline disaster flicks we’ve watched this week, as it is based on the events that led up to — but little on the aftermath — the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt, Germany to Detroit, USA, over Lockerbie, Scotland.
With a total of 270 fatalities — 243 passengers and 16 crew, along with 11 Lockerbie residents in the Sherwood Crescent neighborhood where Flight 103 crashed — the incident was classified as the deadliest terrorist attack in the history of the United Kingdom.