Cabin Pressure (film)

Cabin Pressure (also known as Hijack'd and Autopilot) is a 2002 Canadian action film. The television film was broadcast in 2003 and released to home media shortly after. Cabin Pressure reunited Craig Sheffer and John Pyper-Ferguson (who appeared together in the 1994 movie Roadflower). The film also featured Canadian voice actor Michael Kopsa.

Cabin Pressure
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Based onstory
by Douglas Schwartz
Tom Greene
Written byDouglas Schwartz
Scot Morison
Screenplay byKevin L. Beggs (credited as Kevin Beggs) (teleplay)
Directed byAlan Simmonds
StarringCraig Sheffer,
John Pyper-Ferguson
Michael Kopsa
Music byKen Harrison
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Harold Lee Tichenor
CinematographyAttila Szalay
Editor(s)Ron Yoshida (credited as Ron E. Yoshida)
Running time93 minutes
Production company(s)Crescent Entertainment
Lions Gate Entertainment/
DistributorLions Gate Home Entertainment/Trimark Pictures/Crescent/Tandem Communications/VCL Communications GmbH
Original release
  • March 11, 2003 (2003-03-11)


Touted to be the world's safest and fastest state-of-the-art commercial airliner, Genesys 1, a fully automated Corbett Aviation test aircraft is prepared to make its maiden voyage. Nominally, Captain Reece Robbins (Rachel Hayward) sits in the cockpit but the aircraft relies on satellite linking for its course. Six months earlier, a similar test flight had turned into tragedy when the aircraft controls became locked. Corbett Airline engineer Gabriel Wingfield (John Pyper-Ferguson) is blamed for the disaster and company president Ty Corbett (Winston Rekert) fires him. Wingfield vows revenge.

When he finds that besides pilot Reece Robbins, Corbett is the VIP aboard the first flight, from somewhere in the United States, Wingfield hacks into the flight's computer system from his apartment. The test flight suddenly deviates from its determined route and the airliner begins flying a circular pattern over Seattle. It becomes evident to the airline executives that the aircraft has been hijacked. Wingfield demands a ransom or the aircraft will crash. Reece knows that if she stays in the circular pattern, Genesys 1 will run out of fuel.

Former discredited Navy pilot Peter "Bird Dog" Dewmont (Craig Sheffer), Reece's ex-husband and an oddball technician must race against the clock to find where the disgruntled former employee is, and regain control of the aircraft before it crashes into Seattle.


  • Craig Sheffer as Peter "Bird Dog" Dewmont
  • John Pyper-Ferguson as Gabriel Wingfield (credited as John Pyper Ferguson)
  • Rachel Hayward as Reece Robbins
  • Winston Rekert as Ty Corbett
  • Françoise Yip as Tammy
  • Jason Low as David Caulfield
  • Nels Lennarson as Jimmy Dupre
  • Neil Schell as Don Parks
  • Gary Jones as Nick Smythe
  • Ed Evanko as Senator Caulfield (credited as Edward Evanko)
  • Michael Kopsa as passenger
  • Alexandria Mitchell as Blair
  • Jane Sowerby as Mother
  • Caron Prins as TV Reporter
  • Dan Muldoon as Gustafson
  • George Gray as Cable Guy
  • Claire Riley as Doctor
  • Winnie Hung as Nurse
  • Katrina Matthews as Bar Girl
  • Sheila Tyson as Bystander
  • Ken Phelan as FBI Agent
  • Stefanie von Pfetten as Brandee Caulfield (credited as Stefanie Von Pfetten)


Principal photography took place in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Cabin Pressure (released in home video as Hijack'd) was reviewed in The Movie Scene, "... 'Cabin Pressure' isn't so much a movie but a collection of movie cliches surrounding a troubled plane, in this case a completely computer operated plane. As such we have a former pilot with a drinking problem, a disgruntled former employee looking for revenge, of course a troubled plane but on top of that so much cheese that "Cabin Pressure" is one of those movies which becomes entertaining for what is bad."[1]



  1. ^ "Review: 'Cabin Pressure' (2002)." The Movie Scene. Retrieved: December 24, 2015.

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