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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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Release Date:

5 March 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aeropuerto  »

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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)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene where Mel Bakersfeld and Commissioner Ackerman are arguing over closing down the airport, there is a model in the office of the proposed Super Sonic Transport (SST) to be built by Boeing before funding for it was cut. See more »

Goofs

When the aircraft is seen flying out of the clouds from the outside, it is clearly rising nearly motionless among clouds of mist. In reality, the "clouds" would be moving quickly past the aircraft as it flew forward through and above them. See more »

Quotes

Tanya Livingston: Perhaps Mr. Bakersfeld could impress upon Mrs. Quonsett that this isn't a very nice thing to do. Mrs. Livingston hasn't been able to!
Mel Bakersfeld: [timidly] Yes, uh... Mrs., uh... Quonsett? Uh, what you've done is, uh... dishonest. You've broken the law. You've defrauded Trans Global.
[Mrs. Quonsett smiles and keeps nodding]
Mel Bakersfeld: Don't you realize they could prosecute you?
Ada Quonsett: But they wouldn't, would they? I don't think it would be very good public relations for a big airline to prosecute a little old lady just ...
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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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The Original Disaster Flick
1 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Airport" is an impressive disaster epic that rises high above the ground due to its characters. Every key player adds to the plot and that fact makes "Airport" a very good film from a great decade of movies. Oscar-winner Helen Hayes, in particular, dominates when she appears on the screen. Unfortunately this film would spawn one of the most trivial genres in the history of the cinema. 4 out of 5 stars.


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