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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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Storyline

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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airport | stowaway | pilot | melodrama | bomb | See more »

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

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Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

5 March 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aeropuerto  »

Box Office

Budget:

$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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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Jessie Royce Landis. See more »

Goofs

Just after Joe Patroni says in the stuck plane "Ready to start, pressurize" when Mel Bakersfeld looks at the stuck plane from the rear it is on a clean tarmac not in the snow. See more »

Quotes

Ada Quonsett: Now there's nothing to be nervous about. I've flown thousands of miles and I can tell you it's a lot safer than crossing the street!
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Crazy Credits

Unusually, the Universal Pictures logo animation is not shown at the beginning of this movie...it's instead shown at the end. The in-credit notice "UNIVERSAL presents" replaced the usual opening logo. See more »

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Airport scales the lofty heights
16 October 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

I recently watched "Airport" on TCM. It was the first time I had seen it in its original widescreen format since it came out in 1970. I was surprised at how well it has held up with the passage of time. Although there have been disaster movies from the beginning of cinema in the late 19th century and one that dealt specifically with an airplane in danger ("The High and the Mighty"), this was the film that launched the modern disaster craze that produced "The Towering Inferno," "The Poseidon Adventure," and countless others including "The Day After Tomorrow." The hilarious spoof "Airplane" which poked fun at the clichés and pretentiousness of the films did much to discredit the genre until recently.

"Airport" was based on the popular best seller by Arthur Hailey. Although over two hours long, the movie moves and the viewer never gets bored. The stellar cast does an exceptional job with a standout performance by the legendary Helen Hayes. The ending is both happy and sad. So it does not cop out on several key themes of the story. Many of the roles, such as George Kennedy's Joe Patroni, are played lightly and this adds zest to the performances. When the script begins to get syrupy a new element of emergency is thrown in to pick it up and go.

Forget all the cliché-ridden disaster flicks you have seen since "Airport." You will be entertained and not feel cheated when the closing credits appear.


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