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Flight Movie Quotes

Updated September 15, 2017 195 votes 55 voters 19.9k views8 items

"Flight" movie quotes follow the twists and turns of the mystery drama film from Academy Award-winner Robert Zemeckis. "Flight" tells the tale of an airline pilot whose miraculous heroics saved many lives but personal issues put his efforts into jeopardy. The film, given a November 2, 2012, release date in the United States, earned critical praise after its debut at the 2012 New York Film Festival.

In "Flight," Denzel Washington portrays Captain "Whip" Whitaker, a troubled yet highly skilled pilot. A routine short flight turns into terror when the plane he's flying falls apart in midair. Using an unconventional maneuver, Captain Whitaker amazingly lands the plane rather than crashing it into a residential area. He and numerous passengers survive and Whip becomes an American hero.

But the instant celebrity that comes with his heroics comes at a price for Whip as he's constantly under the microscope of the press and the country. Things only get worse when it's revealed that Whip had alcohol in his system at the time of the crash. Even though experts agree that a mechanical malfunction was the cause of the crash, Captain Whitaker still must deal with trying to defend himself against charges that could land him in prison. Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Kelly Reilly, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo and Garcelle Beauvais co-star in the stellar ensemble cast.

According to critics, "Flight" is sure to get some attention from the Oscars as awards season approaches. It will face some stiff competition with other movies also hungry for recognition including "Cloud Atlas," "Wreck-It Ralph," "Nobody Walks," "The Sessions," "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D," "Chasing Mavericks," "Alex Cross," "Smashed," "Sinister," "Seven Psychopaths," "Argo," "Here Comes the Boom," "The Paperboy," "Taken 2," "Frankenweenie," "Butter," "Won't Back Down," and "Looper."
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    You're a Rockstar

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    Harling Mays: "There is all kinds of crazy news people out here. You're a rock star, man. You will never pay for another drink as long as you live."

    While still recovering in the hospital, Captain Whitaker gets the first glimpse at how his life is different as a result of the crash. This first change is announced care of Harling Mays who shows him his instant celebrity.
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    Nothing Short of a Miracle

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    Charlie Anderson: "How you feeling, Whip? You look like you pulled some kind of move up there, man. You saved a lot of lives. The way you landed that plane is nothing short of a miracle."

    As Captain Whitaker wakes up in a hospital room, he's informed of the events that led up to his hospitalization and the news that he performed what many would call a miracle in landing the plane.
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    The Only One Who Could Do It

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    Hugh Lang: "The FAA placed 10 pilots in simulators, recreated the events. Every pilot killed everybody on board. You were the only one who could do it."


    Hugh Lang informs Captain Whitaker of the evidence in his favor, that in the circumstances he faced no one could have landed that plane better. Regardless of the positives, they still face an uphill battle in their legal challenges.
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    Act of God

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    Hugh Lang: "This was an act of god."

    Captain Whitaker: "Whose god would do this?"


    Attorney Hugh Lang tries to comfort Captain Whitaker when he is collapsing under the pressure of the controversy surrounding the crash but for Whip, trying to understand how this all happened is mind-boggling.
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