Last Flight Out: Billy Graham Presents Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Billy Graham presents Last Flight Out. It’s a faith-promoting film produced by his company (World Wide Pictures) and it provides the renowned evangelist, who has preached to audiences around the world, another avenue through which to share a gospel message. So if you are looking for action and adventure, this is not your ticket. However, if you are looking for a spiritual journey, this may be the movie for you.
When a down-on-his-luck pilot named Dan (Richard Tyson) is asked to rescue a Christian doctor from a small South America settlement recently taken over by a dangerous drug lord, he is hesitant to say yes. But it’s not the obvious risks that accounts for the skilled aircraft handler’s reluctance. Instead, it is because the missionary medic in trouble is his former fianc0xE9e (played by Bobbie Phillips).
The couple shelved their wedding plans about four years ago, after the plane Dan was flying crashed, killing Anne’s brother and injuring her father. Blamed for the accident, Dan just couldn’t work through the turbulent accusations and emotions. The same storm of unresolved issues blows through his heart again when Tony Williams (Cliff DeYoung), the man he thought would one day be his father-in-law, begs him to wing down to Columbia to pluck his daughter out of harm’s way.
Eventually agreeing to go, Dan is unprepared for what he finds when he lands in Anne’s corner of the jungle. Deeply committed to the people she is serving, the good doctor refuses to leave unless she can take all of the villagers with her. Even more frustrating is the peaceful way she, her colleague Mateo (Adriano Gonzalez) and the entire community of faithful followers are facing their predicament. With the encroaching threat of gun-welding terrorists, a dangerous mine field, and the limited capacity of the airplane, don’t they realize it will take nothing short of a miracle to get an escape plan off the ground?
The seriousness of the depicted situation does require some violence in order to be believable. Although these portrayals are played down, they still include incidents of verbal coercion, children in peril, physical blows, explosions and bloody gunshot wounds (some that result in death).
As the agnostic pilot tries to navigate the bumpy turns of events, his companions try to help by explaining their religious insights and convictions. This comes off a little sentimental and contrived at times. Yet overall the story retains a feel-good warmth as Dan discovers the person who really needs saving is himself.
Proving storytelling is still as powerful of a teaching tool as it was in biblical days, Billy Graham’s Last Flight Out speaks to the importance of serving, forgiving and valuing every human soul.Starring Richard Tyson, Bobbie Phillips. Running time: 83 minutes. Updated April 29, 2009
Last Flight Out: Billy Graham Presents
Rating & Content Info
Why is Last Flight Out: Billy Graham Presents rated Not Rated? Last Flight Out: Billy Graham Presents is rated Not Rated by the MPAA
Although care has been taken not to let violent depictions become gratuitous, there are still some depictions that may be a concern for young viewers. These include explosions, acts of crime, verbal and physical threats, gunshots (some that result in death), bloody bullet wounds, terrorizing drug lords, as well as adult and child characters in peril. The script also contains a few mild profanities and terms of Deity.
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Last Flight Out: Billy Graham Presents Parents' Guide
When Dan questions Mateo’s willingness to go into dangerous places, the missionary answers, “My safety is of no concern. There is no better place to be than in the center of God’s will.” What does this statement say about his faith and commitment? What things would you be willing to risk your life for?
In the movie, Mateo delivers shoeboxes full of presents to the young children in Anne’s village. You can learn more about this Christmas gift charity at www.samaritanspurse.org.
To learn more about Billy Graham, check out www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/bio.html.
The most recent home video release of Last Flight Out: Billy Graham Presents movie is January 30, 2006. Here are some details…
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The true story of another group of missionaries who went to South America to work among it’s indigenous people is told in the documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor, and dramatized in the film End of the Spear. Rescuing souls and keeping them from the clutches of crime is the same goal for two pastors working in an urban jungle, in the movie The Second Chance.
Billy Graham’s production company has also produced some other films now available on DVD, including Something to Sing About and Road to Redemption.