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Airport (1970)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  5 March 1970 (USA)
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Melodrama about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

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Mel Bakersfeld is the hard-charging manager of Lincoln International Airport, trying to keep his airport open despite a raging Midwestern snowstorm and an angry wife. Meanwhile, his antagonistic brother-in-law, Vernon Demerest, may have his plans for a placid layover in Italy disturbed by unexpected news from Gwen Meighen, and by the plans of D.O. Guerrero, the loose cannon on board. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

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The #1 novel of the year - now a motion picture!

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Drama | Thriller

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$100,489,150 (USA)
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(35 mm magnetic prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm optical prints)

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2.20 : 1
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Dean Martin received 10% of the film's gross, which added an additional $7,000,000 to his salary. See more »

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When Captain Demerest is reading off the plane's intended flight path to Rome, he refers to it passing over "Saint John, Newfoundland". The city in Newfoundland is actually called St. John's; Saint John is a city in nearby New Brunswick. See more »

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Marcus Rathbone: Wah-wah-wah-wah-wah! We're gonna crash! We're all gonna be killed! I know we're gonna be...
[Father Lonegan pops up from brace position, crosses himself, then in the same motion slaps Rathbone right on the nose before returning to brace]
Marcus Rathbone: OW!
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More an epic soap opera than a disaster movie, but still a fun ride
26 August 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Although The Poseidon Adventure gets all the credit, Airport is the film that really kicked off the 70s disaster craze. Unlike its three follow-ups, this adaptation of Arthur Hailey's doorstop novel really is as much about the snowbound airport as it is the imperilled plane, one of many plots the movie juggles. Hailey had built his novel around a 1956 Canadian TV movie he wrote called Flight Into Danger, but much of it plays like a Peyton Place-esquire soap opera: will embattled airport manager Burt Lancaster stay married to Dana Wynter or to his job – or will he go off into the sunrise with that nice airline rep Jean Seberg? Will pilot Dean Martin leave his wife now he's got stewardess Jacqueline Bisset up the duff? Will Helen Hayes' scene-stealing geriatric stowaway get caught? Will George Kennedy clear the blocked runway in time to avoid tragedy? Will Van Heflin's mentally troubled demolitions expert set off the bomb in his briefcase? Would there be a movie if he didn't?

Shot like an epic to emphasise the size and scale of everything (it even opens with an overture of sound effects of a busy airport terminal before bursting into Alfred Newman's urgent rumba-led score) it's a big, glossy well crafted entertainment that still holds up surprisingly well, especially in widescreen where the occasional split-screen effects come into their own (not to mention a great gag with a priest and an annoying passenger during the crash landing that's usually lost in the TV panning-and-scanning). It's the least sensational of the series but still the most effective, and there's no shortage of familiar faces in the passenger seats, from Lloyd Nolan, Maureen Stapleton, Jesse Royce Landis, Whit Bissell and the original "Jimmy Bond 007" of the CIA, Barry Nelson. Sadly, setting something of an unfortunate pattern for the series, the 707 used in the film crashed in 1989, somewhat disproving the constant accolades the plane's abilities receive throughout the film ("The only thing a 707 can't do is read!").


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