Drop Zone


1h 42m 1994

Brief Synopsis

Pete Nessip and his brother are U.S. marshalls escorting convicted computer hacker Earl Leedy to a federal prison on a commercial 747. Mid-flight, an apparent terrorist attack results in an on-board explosion, the death of Pete's brother and Leedy's disappearance. In the aftermath, Pete's badge is suspended while authorities investigate the accident. Determined to track down his brother's killers and locate Leedy, Nessip is drawn into the daredevil world of exhibition skydiving.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Mystery
Thriller
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Key Largo, Florida, USA; Miami, Florida, USA; Key West, Florida, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

Pete Nessip and his brother are U.S. marshalls escorting convicted computer hacker Earl Leedy to a federal prison on a commercial 747. Mid-flight, an apparent terrorist attack results in an on-board explosion, the death of Pete's brother and Leedy's disappearance. In the aftermath, Pete's badge is suspended while authorities investigate the accident. Determined to track down his brother's killers and locate Leedy, Nessip is drawn into the daredevil world of exhibition skydiving.

Crew

Patric J Abaravich

Lighting

Danny Aiello Iii

Stunts

Dale Alexander

Grip

Rick Alexander

Rerecording

Joe Alves

Production Designer

Albert Aquino

Boom Operator

John Badham

Executive Producer

Jeffrey T Barabe

Other

Peter Barsocchini

From Story

Peter Barsocchini

Story By

Peter Barsocchini

Screenplay

Kurt Beckler

On-Set Dresser

Guy Norman Bee

Steadicam Operator

Guy Norman Bee

Camera Operator

Gregg H Bilson

Assistant Property Master

John Bishop

Screenplay

Fred Blau

Makeup Artist

Nick Blennie-smith

Music

Burt Bluestein

Unit Production Manager

James Bolt

Rerecording

Clifford R Booker

Hair Stylist

Mark Borghorst

Stunts

Steve Boyum

Stunts

Janet Brady

Stunts

Jake Brake

Stunts

Dan Bronson

Costume Supervisor

Dwight B Brown

Other

David Buchanan

Dolly Grip

John Buckely

Lighting Technician

Randy Burke

Transportation Captain

Ashley Burnham

Art Department Coordinator

Andre Bustanoby

Engineering Supervisor

Mary Lou Byrd

Costumes

Danny Cangemi

Special Effects Supervisor

D.j. Caruso

Producer

D.j. Caruso

Unit Director

Michael Casper

Rerecording

Adam Chambers

Lighting

Doug Claybourne

Coproducer

Richmond G Cogswell

Video Assist/Playback

Ellis Cohen

Costumes

Cristina Yokel Colissimo

Assistant Production Coordinator

Chuck Comisky

Visual Effects Supervisor

Kate Cooper

Stunts

Brian Crane

Lighting Technician

Larry W Crenshaw

Transportation Captain

Cammie Crier

Associate Producer

Clint Colver Croda

Graphic Artist

Samuel C Crutcher

Sound Effects Editor

Joseph Deoliveira

Visual Effects

Roderick Dick

Production Assistant

Shane Dixon

Stunt Coordinator

Jason Dowdeswell

Graphic Artist

Doc Duhame

Stunts

Chris Edwards

Visual Effects

Dawn M English

Stunts

Jessica S Fasman

Costumes

Kimberly Felix

Makeup Artist

Danielle Feller

Costumes

Mike Ferris

Camera Operator

Mark Figueroa

Photography

Michael Fitzgerald

On-Set Dresser

Michael Fleming

Graphic Artist

Scott E Forbes

Special Effects

Jenny Fulle

Visual Effects

E Fernando Gallegos

Stunts

Charles Gaspar

Special Effects Coordinator

James W Gavin

Other

Gary Gennerich

Set Costumer

Richard Goddard

Set Decorator

Dave Goldfarb

Dga Trainee

Jim H Green

Graphic Artist

Tony Griffin

From Story

Tony Griffin

Story By

Samuel D Gross

Assistant Set Decorator

Scott G G Haller

Foley Editor

Robert C Hallett

Stunts

Yonit Hamer

Casting

Donald R Hansard

Other

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

John M Hatchitt

Grip

Crystal Hawkins

Production Auditor

Phil Hetos

Color Timer

Bill Hiney

Assistant Art Director

Steve Hinton

Stunts

John Hockridge

Assistant Director

Hilda Hodges

Foley Artist

Michael Hofstein

Director Of Photography

Michael Hofstein

Other

Birgitte Holmgaard

Stunts

Brad Hood

Lighting

Martin Hornstein

Unit Production Manager

Gary Huddleston

Camera Operator

Jessica Huebner

Effects Coordinator

April Hunter

Costumes

Craig Huston

Assistant Director

Pirty Jackson

Transportation Co-Captain

Jeff Jarvis

Special Effects Coordinator

George Jenson

Art Department

B D Johnson

Stunt Coordinator

B D Johnson

Other

Adam Johnston

Sound Effects Editor

Karin Joy

Effects Coordinator

Marc H Katz

Craft Service

Deanna Kent

Stunts

Norman Kent

Aerial Director Of Photography

Norman Kent

Stunts

Kay Kimler

Stunts

Michael Klimchak

Photography

Shoobi Knutson

Stunts

Joseph John Kontra

Assistant Director

Alex Kramarchuk

Assistant Director

Neil Krepela

Visual Effects Supervisor

David M Lang

Photography

Mary Jo Lang

Foley Mixer

Kevin Larosa

Other

Ken Lavet

Location Manager

John Leimanis

Set Designer

Mark R Leins

Photography

Mark Leslie

Other

Jo Levison

Assistant Production Coordinator

Carol Lewis

Casting

Lauren Lloyd

Producer

Jake Lombard

Stunts

Dana Mackey

Production Assistant

Tava R Maloy

Assistant

Robyn Manger

Sound

William L Manger

Sound Effects Editor

Alex Mann

Visual Effects

Harold Mann

Visual Effects

Guy Manos

From Story

Guy Manos

Story By

Guy Manos

Stunts

Pamela G Manos

Stunts

Mark Mansbridge

Art Director

Todd Marks

Digital Effects Supervisor

Dan Marrow

Transportation Coordinator

Stan Mcclain

Aerial Director Of Photography

John J Mcgonegle

Production Assistant

Mike Mcgowan

Camera Operator

Thomas Minton

Set Designer

Theresa Repola Mohammed

Negative Cutting

Robert M Moore

Costumes

Reyna Morenoff

Assistant

Frank Morriss

Editor

Jerry Moss

Property Master

Wallis Nicita

Producer

Bob O'brien

Sound Effects Editor

Thomas J. O'connell

Adr Mixer

Harry O'connor

Stunts

Kory O'donnell

Production Assistant

Jeff Passanante

Other

Michael A Patillo

Other

Scott Pawlak

Craft Service

Jeff Payne

Foley Editor

Laura Perlman

Music Editor

Manny Perry

Stunts

Ray Petersen

Photography

Ken Peterson

Assistant Property Master

Susie Peterson

Production Associate

Steve Phillips

Stunts

Jeff Platt

Engineering Supervisor

Lawrence J Powell

Unit Production Manager

Jeff Price

Foreman

Lynn Price

Construction Coordinator

Courtney Rains

Stunts

J Suzanne Rampe

Stunts

Jeremy Read

On-Set Dresser

Alexander Reid

Assistant Location Manager

William Richards

Stunts

Jay Rifkin

Music

Dianne L Roberson

Hair Stylist

Wayne Roberts

Transportation Co-Captain

Robby Robinson

Stunts

Mic Rodgers

Stunts

David M Rodriguez

Production Auditor

John Roesch

Foley Artist

Danny Rogers

Stunts

Robert Runge

Production Assistant

Michael Runyard

Stunts

Jim Rygiel

Visual Effects Supervisor

Brian Samuels

Graphic Artist

S W Schuster

Assistant

Bill Seckel

Lighting Technician

Carrie Seeley

Assistant

Maura Semedik

Production Assistant

Charles Sertin

Property Master

Timothy R Sexton

Music Supervisor

Cheri Siler

Dga Trainee

Todd D Slyapich

Photography

Jerald Sobul

Unit Production Manager

Tom Southwell

Art Department

Kathi Spencer

Graphic Artist

Egon Stephan Jr.

Photography

Kevin Stitt

Editor

Dorre Street

Editor

Alison Stuart

Casting Associate

Gunnar Swanson

Hair Stylist

Kathe Swanson

Hair Stylist

Don Swayze

Stunts

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Mystery
Thriller
Release Date
1994
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Location
Key Largo, Florida, USA; Miami, Florida, USA; Key West, Florida, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Articles

Michael Jeter, 1952-2003


Michael Jeter, the diminutive actor whose versatility in all mediums earned him numerous accolades and awards, was found dead on March 30 in his Hollywood Hills home. He was 50. The cause of death has not been determined, although in a 1997 interview for Entertainment Tonight Jeter did disclose he was HIV-positive.

Jeter was born on Aug. 26, 1952, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He began medical studies at Memphis State University, but soon discovered a love for the theater. After graduation, he pursued his career in earnest and moved to New York and worked as a law firm secretary until he found some stage work and his film debut in Milos Forman's adaptation of the musical Hair (1979).

Jeter spend the next decade landing mostly stage work and making occasional guest forays in popular television shows: Lou Grant, Night Court, and Designing Women, but his unique physical presence (a slight, 5'4" frame, premature balding, owlish features) made it difficult for him to land substantial parts. That all changed when Tommy Tune cast him in the Broadway hit Grand Hotel (1990) in the role of Otto Kringelin, a dying clerk enjoying a last fling in Berlin. Jeter's energetic performance earned him a Tony award and gave him a much higher profile to stake a claim in movies. The following year he made his strongest impression on film to date when he was cast in Terry Gilliam's (1991) delivering a moving performance as a homeless cabaret singer with AIDS.

He scored his biggest coup when he was cast the same year in the hit sitcom Evening Shade (1991-1994) as Herman Stiles, the wimpy assistant to Reynolds, who played a pro football player turned coach. He won an Emmy award in 1992 for that role and scored two more nominations by the end of the series run. Jeter would also get some good supporting parts in many films throughout the decade: Sister Act 2 (1993), a fun comic role as Whoopi Goldberg's sidekick Father Ignatius; Mouse Hunt (1997); The Green Mile (1999), his best film role as Eduard Delacroix, a condemned murderer who befriends a cellblock mouse; Jurassic Park III (2001); and Welcome to Collinwood (2002).

At the time of his death, Jeter was appearing on the classic PBS children's series Sesame Street as the lovable but bumbling Mr. Noodle; and had been filming Robert Zemekis' Christmas movie The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks. Production was halted on Monday in observance of Jeter's death. He is survived by his life partner, Sean Blue, his parents, Dr. William and Virginia Jeter; a brother, William; and four sisters, Virginia Anne Barham, Emily Jeter, Amanda Parsons and Laurie Wicker.

by Michael T. Toole
Michael Jeter, 1952-2003

Michael Jeter, 1952-2003

Michael Jeter, the diminutive actor whose versatility in all mediums earned him numerous accolades and awards, was found dead on March 30 in his Hollywood Hills home. He was 50. The cause of death has not been determined, although in a 1997 interview for Entertainment Tonight Jeter did disclose he was HIV-positive. Jeter was born on Aug. 26, 1952, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. He began medical studies at Memphis State University, but soon discovered a love for the theater. After graduation, he pursued his career in earnest and moved to New York and worked as a law firm secretary until he found some stage work and his film debut in Milos Forman's adaptation of the musical Hair (1979). Jeter spend the next decade landing mostly stage work and making occasional guest forays in popular television shows: Lou Grant, Night Court, and Designing Women, but his unique physical presence (a slight, 5'4" frame, premature balding, owlish features) made it difficult for him to land substantial parts. That all changed when Tommy Tune cast him in the Broadway hit Grand Hotel (1990) in the role of Otto Kringelin, a dying clerk enjoying a last fling in Berlin. Jeter's energetic performance earned him a Tony award and gave him a much higher profile to stake a claim in movies. The following year he made his strongest impression on film to date when he was cast in Terry Gilliam's

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video June 13, 1995

Released in United States Winter December 9, 1994

Wesley Snipes reportedly received $8 million for this film.

Wesley Snipes reportedly received $8 million for this film.

Began shooting March 14, 1994.

Completed shooting June 7, 1994.

Released in United States on Video June 13, 1995

Released in United States Winter December 9, 1994