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Best-Known Acting Roles: Tobin Frost (Safe House), Robert McCall (The Equalizer), Frank Lucas (American Gangster), Captain William Whitaker (Flight), Eli (The Book of Eli)

While shrieks of panic fill the ... [cached]

While shrieks of panic fill the plane, Captain William Whitaker keeps his cool, and with extraordinary skill, he rolls the plane upside down to bring it out of the dive and then somehow maneuvers the plane right-side up just before crash-landing in an open field. Miraculously, only six people are killed-two flight attendants and four passengers. Whitaker is celebrated as a hero for saving 96 souls in a crash that should have had no survivors.

But Whitaker has a secret. Whitaker showed up that morning for duty drunk and high. In fact, while the plane was en route, he discretely snuck vodka from the plane cabinet and mixed it in his bottle of orange juice.
As part of the protocol for any plane crash, a federal investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash. And so Whitaker and his attorney will fight to keep his alcoholism a secret. The reason for the crash truly was an aircraft malfunction-a damaged screw in the elevator assembly of the plane. But if it gets out that Whitaker was drunk on the job, there will be public outrage and he will go to prison.
While Whitaker thinks his alcoholism is a secret, everybody close to him knows. He is only lying to himself. His alcoholism takes him down a path towards destruction, leading to the breakdown of his marriage, an estranged relationship with his son, and a life of loneliness and bondage. And now, he may go to prison for manslaughter should it be made known that he was drunk while flying the plane.
As the investigation of the tragedy of South Jet Flight 227 comes to a head, captain Whitaker is required to appear before the National Transportation Safety Board for a hearing. His attorney has done his homework, and they have proof that the crash was the result of an aircraft malfunction. It looks like Whitaker will get off the hook.
At the hearing, the lead NTSB investigator commends Whitaker for his valor. But just when it appears he will escape culpability, she raises the fact that there were two empty alcohol containers found in the trash on the plane. Whitaker knows these were his. The investigator points out that only the flight crew had access to the alcohol. Since the toxicology reports showed alcohol in the blood of only one of the members of the flight crew, a flight attendent named Katrina who died helping a little boy get his seat buckled, the investigator asks Whitaker whether he thinks Katerina may have been drinking on the job.
This is a key moment of decision for Whitaker. Will he let Katrina take the fall, or will he finally come clean and break free from all the lies? I want to end this morning by showing you a clip from the movie. Now I should probably give a spoiler alert-the scene you are about to see is the climax and the end of the film. Here it is…
[The film clip shows Whitaker sitting before the NTSB, pausing before he answers the investigator's question "Is it your opinion, Mr. Whitaker, that Katrina drank the two vodka bottles on the plane? Whitaker takes a drink of water, whispers under his breath, "God help me,"and then tells the truth. He accepts responsibility, confessing that he is the one who drank the vodka. Even more, for the first time in his life, he confesses that he is an alcoholic. The scene changes to Whitaker sitting in a room with a group of inmates in prison. He has been there for a little over a year.
"The funny things is,"says Whitaker, "here I am locked up with all you folk, but for the first time in my life I'm finally free."

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Captain William Whitaker (Washington) saves a flight from crashing by performing a skilled emergency landing that saves the lives of everyone on board. But the subsequent investigation into the incident leads to the suggestion that Whitaker had alcohol in his system during the flight, an allegation that could see him being sent to prison.

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Flight Flight, starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle, is the story of airline Captain William Whitaker, played by Washington, who manages a seemingly impossible emergency landing after some sort of midair disturbance forces the plane down.

Against all odds, Whitaker manages to save the lives of his passengers. When he awakens in his hospital... -Read More

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When Captain William Whitaker performs a miraculous landing after the passenger jet he's flying develops serious problems everyone expects him to b...

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