How ‘Plane’ Pulled Off Its Impressive, Brutal One-Take Fight Scene (Exclusive Video)

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A throwback to old-school action films of decades gone by, the Gerard Butler-starring action thriller Plane has been one of the surprise cinematic hits of the year so far.

Not only does the film boat two solidly impressive Rotten Tomatoes scores — 77% from critics and 94% from audiences — but it doubled its budget at the box office, grossing $50 million against its $25 million cost.

And those, of course, are the ingredients for a sequel, which will come in the form of the Michael Colter-starring follow-up Ship.

To celebrate the film’s at-home release — Plane is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand — the folks over at Lionsgate sent us this exclusive clip that details how the film went about making its stand-out set piece: the one-take fight scene featuring Butler’s Brodie Torrance.

Here’s the official synopsis for Plane, via Lionsgate:

In the white-knuckle action movie Plane, pilot Brodie Torrance (Gerard Butler) saves his passengers from a lightning strike by making a risky landing on a war-torn island – only to find that surviving the landing was just the beginning.

When most of the passengers are taken hostage by dangerous rebels, the only person Torrance can count on for help is Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter), an accused murderer who was being transported by the FBI. In order to rescue the passengers, Torrance will need Gaspare’s help, and will learn there’s more to Gaspare than meets the eye.

In addition to Butler and Colter, Plane — which will release in January 2023 — stars Yoson An, Daniella Pineda, Paul Ben-Victor, Remi Adeleke, Joey Slotnick, Evan Dane Taylor, Claro de los Reyes, and Tony Goldwyn.

Plane will release on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand on March 28.

We had a chance to speak with the film’s star Gerard Butler ahead of the film’s release, which you can check out below:

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