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Final Approach (2005)

Junior Pilot (original title)
A kid is convinced that the plane he is on is being hijacked.


James Becket


James Becket


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Veronica Alicino ... 911 Operator
Tom Ayers ... Air Traffic Controller
Allen Barton ... State Department Official
Jordi Caballero ... Doctor Hector
Adam Cagley ... Bruno
Art Cohan ... Mr. Dorchester
Julie Condra ... Marge
Makoa Dacascos Makoa Dacascos ... Child
Mark Dacascos ... Kato
John D'Aquino ... Senator Claghorn
Yvonne Delarosa ... Maria
Marianna Elliott ... Tower Controller 2 (as Marianna Elliot)
Jordan Garrett ... Ricky
Kristin Herold ... Midge
Tully Hunt Tully Hunt ... Little Monster


A kid is convinced that the plane he is on is being hijacked.

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Release Date:

14 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Final Approach See more »

Filming Locations:

San Fernando, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cool Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last 20 minutes were filmed at the Mojave Air & Space Port in California. The airport is home to an aircraft "boneyard" where unwanted aircraft are placed in storage until sold or returns to service. Aircraft are also cut up for scrap here.

In the film you may notice a particular aircraft. A Boeing 767-200 last flown by Ansett Airlines. Ansett were an Australian airline until September 2001 when it filed for bankruptcy. The aircraft was registered as "VH-RMO" when flown by Ansett. Prior to Ansett, it was flown by Britannia Airways. The aircraft arrived at Mojave in June 2002 for storage. Parting out for scrap didn't commence until August 2004. See more »


The plane was referred to as a Triple 7, but it was definitely a narrowbody, more like a 757. And the view showing the nose head on, it looked like a 727 or 737. See more »


References Final Destination (2000) See more »


Written and Performed by Safi
Produced by Rick Mitra
Recorded at DBC Studios (London, England)
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Fun for kids & good for adults too.
22 March 2006 | by TJMurfSee all my reviews

This film is titled "Junior Pilot" here on IMDb but "Final Approach" at Netflix. Go figure! The movie is a delight for both the target youth audience and for adults who can suspend their maturity long enough to watch this film through the eyes of their own youth. For the adult, the story is quite predictable, and perhaps trite and melodramatic; whereas the tale may seem new and creative to youngsters who have not yet seen or read many films or books with such a story line.

In any case, credit must be given to the film's creators, particularly the director James Becket and the cinematographer Denis Maloney, for making this most entertaining and visually interesting film. The cut-aways to the young protagonist Ricky's fantasy thoughts are hilarious as well as delightfully filmed.

The young actors give uniformly believable performances, seemingly quite invested in their roles--silly as many scenes are. Jordan Garrett plays the protagonist "Ricky" with quite well, having excellent camera presence. Jeffrey Tedmori creates a delightfully soft and sensitive "Shashi" who of all ridiculous things thrives on hot sauce. Skyler Samuels and Adam Cagley give solid performances as well.

As is typical of his always fine acting, Larry Miller creates a solid parental figure around which the children's part-real, part-fantasy world revolves. Compared to his father-figure, the other major adult roles appear to be shallow and one-dimensional, intentionally and quite humorously so, to be sure.

This movie is a simplistic youth-targeted story, of course, yet it is quite entertaining, perhaps repeatedly so to the targeted youth crowd, but also for at least one viewing by adults who retain the ability to view such a film from their once-youthful perspective.

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