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The film was referred to by its working title, Air Raid, in a 10 Jul 1980 HR brief. At the time, Douglas Trumbull was set to direct, with Richard Danus adapting the screenplay. Neither Trumbull nor Danus remained with the project.
       An 11 Apr 1988 DV item reported that principal photography began that day in Toronto, Canada. According to a 28 Mar 1988 HR article, shooting was scheduled to last ten-to-eleven weeks on locations around the city.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files stated that the “time travelers’” home base was an enormous set built in an abandoned transformer factory that measured 250-feet long and sixty-five-feet high. Ninety-three carpenters, fifty-seven painters and 4,000 sheets of plywood were utilized in its construction. The airplane crash scene was filmed in Kleinburg, a suburb north of Toronto. “Arnold Mayer’s” house was modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water” house in PA. Painted styrofoam was used to mimic the cut limestone in the actual house.
       The following written statements appears in end credits: “Special thanks to: Ontario Film Development Corporation, Toronto Film Commission, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter International, Town of Vaughan & Chief J. B. Sutton, General Motors of Canada, City TV, Global TV, Hair Care Products by Sebastion International, Pyrotek,” and “Filmed on location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.” ...

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The film was referred to by its working title, Air Raid, in a 10 Jul 1980 HR brief. At the time, Douglas Trumbull was set to direct, with Richard Danus adapting the screenplay. Neither Trumbull nor Danus remained with the project.
       An 11 Apr 1988 DV item reported that principal photography began that day in Toronto, Canada. According to a 28 Mar 1988 HR article, shooting was scheduled to last ten-to-eleven weeks on locations around the city.
       Production notes in AMPAS library files stated that the “time travelers’” home base was an enormous set built in an abandoned transformer factory that measured 250-feet long and sixty-five-feet high. Ninety-three carpenters, fifty-seven painters and 4,000 sheets of plywood were utilized in its construction. The airplane crash scene was filmed in Kleinburg, a suburb north of Toronto. “Arnold Mayer’s” house was modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water” house in PA. Painted styrofoam was used to mimic the cut limestone in the actual house.
       The following written statements appears in end credits: “Special thanks to: Ontario Film Development Corporation, Toronto Film Commission, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter International, Town of Vaughan & Chief J. B. Sutton, General Motors of Canada, City TV, Global TV, Hair Care Products by Sebastion International, Pyrotek,” and “Filmed on location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.”

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Apr 1988
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Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 1980
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Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 1988
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Los Angeles Times
26 Aug 1989
p. 10
New York Times
26 Aug 1989
p. 15
Variety
23 Aug 1989
p. 28, 30
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Gladden Entertainment presents
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
3d asst dir
Prod mgr, Light and Motion crew
Dir 2nd unit, Light and Motion crew
Dir 2d unit, Light and Motion crew
DGC trainee
DGC trainee
PRODUCERS
Supv prod
Co-prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITER
Scr
Based on his short story Air Raid
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d unit of photog
Cam op
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
Steadicam op
Gaffer
Elec rigging
Generator op
Key grip
Key rigging grip
Asst grip
Grip
Stills photog
Opt cam, Light and Motion crew
Cam, Light and Motion crew
Asst cam, Light and Motion crew
Asst cam, Light and Motion crew
Key gaffer, Light and Motion crew
Dir of photog 2d unit, Light and Motion crew
Underwater photog, Kauai, Hawaii - Crew
Underwater stills, Kauai, Hawaii - Crew
Key grip, Kauai, Hawaii - Crew
Cam equip
Visual FX unit cam
Lighting equip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
1st asst art dir
2d asst art dir
Asst art dir
Storyboard artist
Prod illustrator
Art dept trainee
Art dept secy
Sculptor
FILM EDITORS
1st asst film ed
2d asst film ed
1st asst ed
Post prod coord
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set des
Draughtperson
Draughtperson
Draughtperson
Draughtperson
Asst set dec
Set dresser
Set dresser
Prop master
Prop master
Assts props
Prop buyer
Const coord
Head carpenter
Asst head carpenter
Asst head carpenter
Key scenic artist
1st scenic artist
Scenic artist
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward head
Spec FX cost asst
1st ward asst
Asst to des
Ward asst
Seamstress
MUSIC
Synclavier asst
Score eng & prod
Iseler choir cond
Synclavier sd by
Mus rec at
SOUND
Supv sd ed
Prod sd
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Boom op
ADR ed
Dial ed
Sd eff ed
Foley artist
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst foley artist
Asst foley artist
Asst sd ed trainee
Re-rec at
Dolby consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff created by
Project supv, Light and Motion
Dir of visual eff, Light and Motion
Matte paintings by
Matte paintings, Illusion Arts Inc.
Matte paintings, Illusion Arts Inc.
Matte paintings, Illusion Arts Inc.
Spec visual eff consultant
Mechanical eff supv
Mechanical eff asst
Spec eff
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff asst
Spec eff secy
Assoc visual eff supv, Light and Motion crew
Opt supv, Light and Motion crew
Opt layout, Light and Motion crew
Opt layout, Light and Motion crew
Opt printer, Light and Motion crew
Opt printer,Light and Motion crew
Eff ed, Light and Motion crew
Asst ed, Light and Motion crew
Asst to the ed, Light and Motion crew
Rotoscope supv, Light and Motion crew
Miniatures/Model shop supv, Light and Motion crew
Visual eff carpenter, Light and Motion crew
Lead model maker, Light and Motion crew
Model makers, Light and Motion crew
Model makers, Light and Motion crew
Model makers, Light and Motion crew
DANCE
Robot choreog
MAKEUP
Bob Laden
Spec prosthetic makeup by
Head makeup stylist
Key hairstylist
Prosthetic hair
Wig maker
1st asst hair
Prosthetic makeup asst
Prosthetic makeup asst
Prosthetic makeup asst
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Asst makeup
Ken Freeman
Asst makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Visual stylist consultant
Continuity consultant
Scr supv
Unit loc mgr
Loc mgr
Prod auditor
Exec asst to prod
Asst to John M. Eckert
Asst to John Foreman
Asst to John Foreman
Business affairs
Prod acct
Accounting asst
Accounting asst
Prod office coord
Prod office secy
Gladden representative
Transportation coord
Driver capt
Driver capt
Picture vehicle coord
Aircraft coord
Aircraft coord
Catering
Craftservice
Unit pub
Extras casting
Extras casting asst
Prod coord, Light and Motion crew
Business affairs, Light and Motion crew
Harrison Ellenshaw
Consultant, Light and Motion crew
Loc services, Kauai, Hawaii - Crew, Alii Enterpris
Loc services, Kauai, Hawaii - Crew
Helicopter services, Kauai, Hawaii - Crew, Inter-I
Prod asst
Financial consultant
Completion guarentee by
Financing structured and arr by
A member of the Central Capital Group of companies
Pub relations representative
Pub relations representative
Fincacial consultant, Credit Lyonnais Bank, Nederl
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
ANIMATION
Anim supv, Light and Motion crew
Anim stand, Light and Motion crew
Anim stand, Light and Motion crew
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Laboratory
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Air Raid" by Herb Boehm in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (Spring 1977).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Air Raid
Release Date:
25 August 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 25 Aug 1989
Production Date:
began 11 Apr 1988
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
the First Millennium Limited Partnership
12 September 1989
PA425932
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Prints
DeLuxe®
Duration(in mins):
105
MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Flight TUA 35 is approaching Minneapolis airport when a DC-10 suddenly appears above it. As the pilot struggles to stabilize the airplane, the co-pilot goes aft to find all the passengers dead and burned. He spots a futuristic gun in the aisle and runs back to the cockpit screaming, seconds before the airplane disintegrates. Later, National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) agent Bill Smith arrives at a crash site where one of the airplane wings hit the ground. He is introduced to Professor Arnold Mayer, a Nobel Prize physicist. Before Bill can ask why Mayer is at the crash site, the scientist is surrounded by reporters. Bill interviews Mr. Janz, the air traffic controller responsible for TUA 35. Janz becomes emotional as he explains that a second airplane appeared out of nowhere, and blames the accident on a computer glitch. The next day, Bill and his team arrive at a hangar to sort airplane parts. Flight attendant Louise Baltimore runs off when she sees Bill. Later, she reappears while the safety team listens to the flight recorder. Bill hears the co-pilot screaming to the pilot that the passengers were dead and burnt up. He theorizes that the frantic co-pilot intended to say the passengers “were about to burn up.” In a makeshift morgue, Bill learns the dead passengers’ digital watches are running backwards. At a press conference, Louise Baltimore observes Prof. Mayer asking Bill if he and his team have found anything indicating a time disturbance. Bill sidesteps the question, noting all relevant facts will be released in his report. Afterward, Louise greets Bill and ...

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Flight TUA 35 is approaching Minneapolis airport when a DC-10 suddenly appears above it. As the pilot struggles to stabilize the airplane, the co-pilot goes aft to find all the passengers dead and burned. He spots a futuristic gun in the aisle and runs back to the cockpit screaming, seconds before the airplane disintegrates. Later, National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) agent Bill Smith arrives at a crash site where one of the airplane wings hit the ground. He is introduced to Professor Arnold Mayer, a Nobel Prize physicist. Before Bill can ask why Mayer is at the crash site, the scientist is surrounded by reporters. Bill interviews Mr. Janz, the air traffic controller responsible for TUA 35. Janz becomes emotional as he explains that a second airplane appeared out of nowhere, and blames the accident on a computer glitch. The next day, Bill and his team arrive at a hangar to sort airplane parts. Flight attendant Louise Baltimore runs off when she sees Bill. Later, she reappears while the safety team listens to the flight recorder. Bill hears the co-pilot screaming to the pilot that the passengers were dead and burnt up. He theorizes that the frantic co-pilot intended to say the passengers “were about to burn up.” In a makeshift morgue, Bill learns the dead passengers’ digital watches are running backwards. At a press conference, Louise Baltimore observes Prof. Mayer asking Bill if he and his team have found anything indicating a time disturbance. Bill sidesteps the question, noting all relevant facts will be released in his report. Afterward, Louise greets Bill and invites him to dinner. They end up making love in Bill’s hotel room. Louise gushes over him, and when Bill falls asleep, she telephones the front desk and cancels his wake-up call. The next morning, she asks him to spend the day with her, but he insists he has to go to work. After leaving, Bill realizes he forgot something. He returns, and all traces of Louise are gone. Bill telephones a friend at TUA and asks her to trace Louise, but learns that the airline has no employees by that name. At night, Bill stands amid the assembled wreckage of the two airplanes and hears a beeping. He finds a strange gun-like device with a blinking red light. He removes a piece of the firearm and is enveloped by a blue light. As Bill lies paralyzed, Louise materializes with two other women dressed in futuristic jumpsuits. Louise notes that Bill looks like his pictures, and orders the women to find the “stunner.” When they find it, she instructs them to open a time portal. Before leaving, Louise tells Bill her people did not cause the airplanes to collide, then disappears into the portal. Louise arrives at a time station, where a robot named Sherman and Dr. Bindle, a wheelchair-bound scientist, await her. Bindle berates her for causing a “paradox.” The station is shaken by a “time quake,” as time readjusts after being altered. Bindle explains that Bill is a major historical figure and any paradox involving him could wipe out the “present” for Louise. They activate a “viewer” to watch Bill in the past, calling out Louise’s name. However, Louise never told him her name, and Bindle notices that Bill was holding a piece from the futuristic firearm called an “initiator.” Sherman indicates that the present Louise has met Bill Smith only once in the hangar, but in the future, she will meet him earlier. Louise is prepped to return to 1963 by having all relevant historical data downloaded into her brain and being dressed in a period flight attendant’s uniform. In 1989, Bill Smith listens to Prof. Mayer give a lecture on time travel. According to Mayer, time travelers can only observe events or they risk creating paradoxes. They are helpless to stop mankind from destroying themselves and the planet. He theorizes that time travelers could take people who are about to die to the future without upsetting the time stream. In the future, Louise and her team leap into the time portal and arrive on an airplane in 1963. She grabs a flight attendant and hurls her into the portal. Louise is about to drug the flight crew, but a man leaps up and points a gun at a passenger’s head, hijacking the plane. One of Louise’s team grabs the gun, and is shot in the stomach. Louise shoots the man and calls Dr. Bindle, requesting that he zap the whole airplane into the future. A boy, William, tries to tell her about her partner’s dropped firearm, but Louise knocks him out. An evacuation team boards and orders everyone off the plane. Louise insists that the boy be strapped in as he is the only “survivor.” When passengers disembark, they are horrified to see dead bodies being loaded onto the plane. Bindle argues that they must duplicate the damage the hijacker’s bullet would have caused by placing an explosive in the cockpit. Outside, Louise holds her dying team member, who uses her last breath to announce that she lost her “stunner.” Louise rushes back onto the plane, but another team member grabs her. They tumble out of the plane seconds before it disappears. It is determined that Prof. Mayer located the lost stunner and Louise is ordered back to 1989 to retrieve it before he can connect it with the lost “initiator.” Louise emerges into the hangar and history repeats itself. After Bill listens to the flight recorder, Louise goes into the ladies room and communicates with Sherman, asking how to seduce Bill because there is no sex in the future. Sherman sends a dress and tells her to invite Bill to dinner. Everything happens as before. Louise points out her car, and tells Bill to get in. It is locked, and Bill asks if she has the keys. A confused Louise covertly uses a device to unlock the car and start it. Over dinner, Louise keeps making small mistakes, such as claiming to be from France, referring to soldiers as warriors, mentioning that one cannot get alcohol where she is from. Bill talks about his divorce and how his job interferes with long-term relationships. When he asks why she isn’t married, Louise confesses she is infertile. They drive to Bill’s hotel room, but when Bill kisses her, Louise does not know how to respond. However, he kisses her again and she is enthralled. As before, Bill wakes up late and hears Louise’s plea that he not go to work. When he leaves, Louise jumps into the portal. In the future, another time quake hits. Looking at a “viewer,” they see Bill at a conference in Washington, D.C., where he tells his story about the scanner, Louise and time travel. Louise is returned to 1989 to retrieve the scanner from the 1963 crash before Mayer can give it to Bill, creating a paradox that could obliterate Louise’s timeline. Back in 1989, Bill Smith arrives at Mayer’s home and tells him about Louise. Mayer shows him the scanner from the 1963 crash, and Bill explains that he was the only survivor on that flight. His memories return, and he realizes Louise was the stewardess who strapped him in. Louise appears, and Bill kisses her. She explains that her people take those who will die in plane wrecks because the human race is dying, and they need fertile stock to breed a new generation. She insists she must have the scanner. Mayer puts the initiator into the scanner to return it, but the power discharge kills him. A time paradox is created and she orders a portal to open. Bill jumps with her into the future to find the station being torn apart by a major time quake. Bindle explains that Mayer’s death has created the ultimate paradox. A mechanical voice announces that everyone must enter the time gate and be sent into a different reality. Bindle opens a portal and thousands of humans walk into it. Louise orders Bill to leave, but he refuses to do so unless she comes with him. She explains that no time traveler can go, but Sherman tells her to take a chance, informing her that she is pregnant. Louise and Bill clasp hands and walk into the time gate.

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Name Occurs Before Title
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