The Langoliers (1995)

the langoliers

“When I let go of your nose, if you utter so much as another word, a syllable, you will experience hitherto unknown amounts of pain.”

The Scoop: 1995 PG-13, directed by Tom Holland and starring Patricia Wettig, Dean Stockwell, and Bronson Pinchot

Tagline: Prepare yourself for the flight of your life!

Summary Capsule: A group of passengers awake to an otherwise-deserted airplane.


Andie’s rating: 5 out of 5 scampering little boys

Andie’s review: The Langoliers is a made-for-TV-movie which came out in 1995 and I just recently purchased. While rewatching it, I forgot how eerie it is. It’s based on a Stephen King novella and, as with any King book made for TV, the acting isn’t the greatest and the ending isn’t that great, but the overall premise is very cool and it does have some really great parts to it.

In the movie, 10 strangers awaken amidst their flight from LA to Boston. All the other passengers are gone — as are the crew and the pilots. The plane is fine and luckily one of the survivors is a pilot. At first they assume that the plane landed and everybody else got off, but the pilot points out that there’s no way a plane could land or take off without a pilot. They also start to realize that there’s no one on the ground, because the radio only picks up static and the lights of major cities, like Denver, can’t be seen from the plane. If I tell much more plot, it’ll give away the neat parts of the movie, but this is definitely one of my favorite Stephen King movies.

There are some great performances given by Bronson Pinchot (Balki from Perfect Strangers) and Dean Stockwell (Al from Quantum Leap). I never knew Balki could be so creepy. Also, the whole concept behind what happened to these 10 people isn’t something that had ever even crossed my mind until I saw this movie.

I’m not saying it’s the greatest movie ever, but I liked it a lot and it’s worth viewing.


  • “The Langoliers” is a novella written by Stephen King, which you can find in his anthology, Four Past Midnight. The other three novellas in this collection include “Secret Window, Secret Garden” (about a writer who gets an unwelcome visitor), “The Library Policeman” (return those late books!), and “The Sun Dog” (about a magical camera that unleashes evil).
  • Stephen King has a pretty funny cameo towards the end of the movie.
  • How much King relies on kids and the infirmed as heroes?
  • Laurel claims that Los Angeles is deserted, yet cars can be seen moving.

Groovy Quotes:

Craig: I want to know what is going on and I want to know now!
Nick: Well, we all might be surprised.

[to Craig later]
Nick: When I let go of your nose, if you utter so much as another word, a syllable, you will experience hitherto unknown amounts of pain.

[Bethany lights a cigarette]
Bob: Excuse me, but I quit those about 10 years ago.
Bethany: Please, no lecture. I’ve had enough–
Bob: No, I was going to ask if I could have one.

Craig: You could say that the Langoliers are purpose personified.

If you liked this movie, try these:

  • The Stand
  • The Shining

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