The passengers in an aerial tramway are trapped when the tramway breaks down 8500 feet in the air.
The special guest victims include Ross Martin as an unfaithful husband, traveling with his hurtful but devoted wife played by Nancy Malone. Also in this bunch we have a non committal potential bride played by Stefanie Powers traveling with her eagerly to get married and pushy wannabe groom played by Joseph Campanella. Other characters include Ruth McDevitt as Aunt Louise, the obligatory charming little old lady wearing a funny hat and filled with wise insight ; Bobby Sherman, as the aerial tramway operator; Tige Andrews and David Sheiner as the tramway operation engineers; Billy Green Bush as the saboteur with a drinking problem; Severn Darden as a professional pick pocket artist; and John Astin as a man suffering from acrophobia who decides to save some mula in therapy sessions by facing his fear and riding the aerial tramway hoping that will result in a cure.
The film was directed with a good sense of pacing and visual style by German born director Gordon Hessler, best known for his films: Murders in the Rue Morgue in 1971 and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad in 1974. The film was originally released on U.S. TV on January 19, 1974 and was later given a theatrical release four years later in West Germany.
The production values are way above average featuring some dazzling aerial photography by J.J. Jones and an effective music score by Lee Holdridge. The film also features spectacular stunt work and simple but highly effective special effects. There are several highlights in this film including an exciting rescue attempt involving a helicopter and the nerve wrecking climax when the tramway's hydraulic breaks suddenly fail plummeting it out of control towards disaster.
Stars: Ross Martin, Stefanie Powers, Bobby Sherman