Night Crossing

There's plenty of drama hiding in this tale of two families' daring escape from East to West Germany by homemade hot-air balloon, but this Disney production can't find much of it. Unbelievable mix of actors from different nations is forced to deliver one bad line after another.

With:
John Hurt Jean Alexander Glynnis O'Connor Beau Bridges Ian Bannen Kay Walsh

There’s plenty of drama hiding in this tale of two families’ daring escape from East to West Germany by homemade hot-air balloon, but this Disney production can’t find much of it. Unbelievable mix of actors from different nations is forced to deliver one bad line after another.

Story is a dramatic natural, as two construction workers, fed up with life behind the Iron Curtain, conspire to fashion a giant balloon out of household fabric and pilot it over the forbidding, heavily guarded half-mile zone between the two Germanys. First attempt doesn’t quite make it but, despite fact that the secret police begin sniffing their trail, they try again, with suspenseful, successful results.

It all happened in 1978-79 and everything about it would indicate the potential for a grippingly serious family adventure pic. But script so seriously stumbles in the exposition stage that recovery is difficult even in the close-call climax.

Night Crossing

UK

Production: Walt Disney. Director Delbert Mann; Producer Tom Loetch; Screenplay John McGreevey; Camera Tony Imi; Editor Gordon D. Denner; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Rolf Zehetbauer

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1981. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: John Hurt Jean Alexander Glynnis O'Connor Beau Bridges Ian Bannen Kay Walsh

More Film

  • A Photograph Made Available on 13

    Roland Emmerich's Centropolis, Flimmer Team Up on Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' (EXCLUSIVE)

    There’s plenty of drama hiding in this tale of two families’ daring escape from East to West Germany by homemade hot-air balloon, but this Disney production can’t find much of it. Unbelievable mix of actors from different nations is forced to deliver one bad line after another. Story is a dramatic natural, as two construction […]

  • Jean Reno Boards Pablo Aragüés’ Fantasy

    Jean Reno Boards Pablo Aragüés’ Fantasy Thriller ‘1,200 Souls’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    There’s plenty of drama hiding in this tale of two families’ daring escape from East to West Germany by homemade hot-air balloon, but this Disney production can’t find much of it. Unbelievable mix of actors from different nations is forced to deliver one bad line after another. Story is a dramatic natural, as two construction […]

  • Stranger Things Season 2

    Netflix, Deutsche Telekom Ink Global Partnership

    There’s plenty of drama hiding in this tale of two families’ daring escape from East to West Germany by homemade hot-air balloon, but this Disney production can’t find much of it. Unbelievable mix of actors from different nations is forced to deliver one bad line after another. Story is a dramatic natural, as two construction […]

  • 'Sweet Country,' 'Newton' Share Honors at

    'Sweet Country,' 'Newton' Share Top Honors at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

    There’s plenty of drama hiding in this tale of two families’ daring escape from East to West Germany by homemade hot-air balloon, but this Disney production can’t find much of it. Unbelievable mix of actors from different nations is forced to deliver one bad line after another. Story is a dramatic natural, as two construction […]

  • Canal Plus

    AMC Networks International Picks Up Canal Plus Show 'Ouro' for Spain, Portugal

    There’s plenty of drama hiding in this tale of two families’ daring escape from East to West Germany by homemade hot-air balloon, but this Disney production can’t find much of it. Unbelievable mix of actors from different nations is forced to deliver one bad line after another. Story is a dramatic natural, as two construction […]

  • Overview of IDFA’s 2017 Forum

    IDFA Forum: ‘Documentary Makers Want To Go Behind The News’

    There’s plenty of drama hiding in this tale of two families’ daring escape from East to West Germany by homemade hot-air balloon, but this Disney production can’t find much of it. Unbelievable mix of actors from different nations is forced to deliver one bad line after another. Story is a dramatic natural, as two construction […]

  • Serbian Doc 'The Other Side of

    'The Other Side of Everything' Leads Winners From a Politically Charged IDFA Lineup

    There’s plenty of drama hiding in this tale of two families’ daring escape from East to West Germany by homemade hot-air balloon, but this Disney production can’t find much of it. Unbelievable mix of actors from different nations is forced to deliver one bad line after another. Story is a dramatic natural, as two construction […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content