A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

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This precursor to later "epic" 70's disaster films illustrates 12 hours in the lives of the personnel and passengers at the "Lincoln Airport." Endless problems, professional and personal, are thrown at the various personnel responsible for the safe and proper administration of air traffic, airline management and aviation at a major US airport. Take one severe snowstorm, add multiple schedules gone awry, one elderly Trans Global Airlines stowaway, shortages, an aging, meretricious pilot, unreasonable, peevish spouses, manpower issues, fuel problems, frozen runways and equipment malfunctions and you get just a sample of the obstacles faced by weary, disgruntled personnel and passengers at the Lincoln Airport. Toss in one long-suffering pilot's wife, several stubborn men, office politics and romance and one passenger with a bomb and you have the film "Airport" from 1970. Written by LA-Lawyer

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

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

5 March 1970 (USA)  »

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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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2.20 : 1
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Burt Lancaster, who headlined the film above the title with Dean Martin, made a great deal of money from the film, which was a huge hit. Lancaster's contract gave him a 10% profit participation once the movie hit $50 million, and the film grossed $45.3 million in North America alone. Despite the financial windfall, Lancaster said that the movie was "the worst piece of junk ever made." He said he only made this film in return for the studio agreeing to finance several non-commercial films he was interested in. See more »

Goofs

Both the aircraft stuck in the snow, and the Rome flight use an aircraft marked with registration N324F. See more »

Quotes

Ada Quonsett: You've been so busy, we just haven't had a chance to chat. I'm Ada Quonsett.
D.O. Guerrero: How do you do.
Ada Quonsett: What's your name, sir?
D.O. Guerrero: Guerrero.
Ada Quonsett: Guerrero! That's Spanish, isn't it?
D.O. Guerrero: Yes, but way... back.
Ada Quonsett: You look more Irish.
D.O. Guerrero: So did my mother.
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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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