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Arthur Hailey (from the novel by)
George Seaton (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
5 March 1970 (USA) See more »
The #1 novel of the year - now a motion picture!
Melodrama about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Mel Bakersfeld

Dean Martin ... Vernon Demerest

Jean Seberg ... Tanya Livingston

Jacqueline Bisset ... Gwen Meighen

George Kennedy ... Patroni

Helen Hayes ... Ada Quonsett

Van Heflin ... D.O. Guerrero

Maureen Stapleton ... Inez Guerrero

Barry Nelson ... Anson Harris

Dana Wynter ... Cindy Bakersfeld

Lloyd Nolan ... Harry Standish

Barbara Hale ... Sarah Demerest

Gary Collins ... Cy Jordan
John Findlater ... Peter Coakley

Jessie Royce Landis ... Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman
Larry Gates ... Commissioner Ackerman
Peter Turgeon ... Marcus Rathbone

Whit Bissell ... Mr. Davidson
Virginia Grey ... Mrs. Schultz

Eileen Wesson ... Judy Barton

Paul Picerni ... Dr. Compagno
Robert Patten ... Capt. Benson - Pilot
Clark Howat ... Bert Weatherby
Lew Brown ... Reynolds
Ilana Dowding ... Robbie Bakersfeld
Lisa Gerritsen ... Libby Bakersfeld (as Lisa Gerritson)
James Nolan ... Father Steven Lonigan (as Jim Nolan)
Patty Poulsen ... Joan - Stewardess
Ena Hartman ... Ruth - Stewardess
Malila Saint Duval ... Maria - Stewardess
Sharon Harvey ... Sally - Stewardess
Albert Reed ... Lt. Ned Ordway
Jodean Lawrence ... Marie Patroni (as Jodean Russo)
Nancy Ann Nelson ... Bunnie
Dick Winslow ... Mr. Schultz
Lou Wagner ... Schuyler Schultz
Janis Hansen ... Sister Katherine Grace
Mary Jackson ... Sister Felice
Shelly Novack ... Rollings
Chuck Daniel ... Parks
Charles Brewer ... Diller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fletcher Allen ... Dispatcher (uncredited)
Leon Alton ... Man on Dias / Man at Club (uncredited)
Merry Anders ... Mrs. Burt Ball - Passenger (uncredited)
Ricky Anderson ... William Downey - Passenger (uncredited)
Ray Andrade ... Pietro Carmona - Passenger (uncredited)
Maria Andre ... Mrs. Portola (uncredited)
Nadine Arlyn ... Jennifer Barry - Passenger (uncredited)
Ray Ballard ... Gilbert Price - Passenger (uncredited)
Larry Barton ... Rabbi Leo Bernstein - Passenger (uncredited)

Michael Bell ... Airport Bus Driver (uncredited)
Savannah Bentley ... Virginia Lopez - Passenger (uncredited)

Chuck Bowman ... New York Dispatcher (uncredited)
William Boyett ... Jack Ingram (uncredited)
Chuckie Bradley ... Dee Gilroy - Passenger (uncredited)
James Bradley ... Jack Stone - Passenger (uncredited)

Eve Brent ... Mrs. David Corman - Passenger (uncredited)
Robert Brubaker ... Dr. Nash (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Florence (uncredited)

Dort Clark ... Dr. Henry Bron - Passenger (uncredited)
Ellen Clark ... Anne Gordon - Passenger (uncredited)
Tamar Cooper ... Carol Blake - Passenger (uncredited)
Cathleen Cordell ... Mrs. William Donovan - Passenger (uncredited)
Nick Cravat ... Nick Valli - Passenger (uncredited)
Susan Curtis ... Elizabeth Yorker - Passenger (uncredited)
Carol Daniels ... Loretta Manning - Passenger (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ... Ben Bradley - Passenger (uncredited)
Ed Deemer ... Co-Pilot Crowley (uncredited)
Larry Delaney ... Frank (uncredited)
John Delgado ... Ingram's Assistant - Passenger (uncredited)
John N. Denend ... Douglas (uncredited)
John Dennis ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Kaye Elhardt ... Kay Hart - Passenger (uncredited)
John Eloff ... Jack Elliott - Passenger (uncredited)
Reginald Fenderson ... Dr. Grant (uncredited)
John Francis ... Maurice David - Passenger (uncredited)
Wilma Francis ... Elegant Woman - Passenger (uncredited)
Mark Gardner ... Richard Kalin - Passenger (uncredited)
Don Gazzaniga ... Carlo Di Tomaso - Passenger (uncredited)
Sandra Gould ... Millie Miles - Passenger (uncredited)
Neil Grant ... Roger Whitney - Passenger (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Antonio Piace - Passenger (uncredited)
Michael J. Grayson ... David Corman - Passenger (uncredited)
Larry Greenfield ... Controller #1 - Minneapolis (uncredited)
Warren Hammack ... Irwin Jansen - Passenger (uncredited)
Marc Hannibal ... Sgt. Edward Washington - Passenger (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Dr. Avery Smith - Passenger (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Professor Charles Ruch - Passenger (uncredited)
Art Hern ... Charlie Kaplan - Passenger (uncredited)
Mary Gail Hobbs ... Mrs. Cary Jay - Passenger (uncredited)
Fred Holliday ... Chester Jennings - Passenger (uncredited)
Wendy Howard ... Mrs. Alan Bramson - Passenger (uncredited)
William Hudson ... Mr. Donovan - Passenger (uncredited)
Jill Jackson ... Mrs. Ben Bradley - Passenger (uncredited)
Frank Jamus ... Inspector Frank Barrow (uncredited)

Andrew Johnson ... Sterling (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Red Cap (uncredited)
Dale Johnson ... James Mott - Passenger (uncredited)
Judy Jordan ... Bea (uncredited)
Walter Woolf King ... Cindy's Father (uncredited)
Robert Knapp ... Jack Dunlap - Passenger (uncredited)
Ron Koslow ... Mark Harris - Passenger (uncredited)
Damian London ... Praying Father (uncredited)

Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Williams - Passenger (uncredited)
Marco López ... Harold Lopez - Passenger (uncredited)
Adrienne Marden ... Mrs. Gertrude Cochran - Passenger (uncredited)
Richard Mathews ... Controller #2 (uncredited)
David Mauro ... Mario Vitale - Passenger (uncredited)
Allison McKay ... Mrs. Irwin Jansen - Passenger (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ... Mrs. Henry Bron - Passenger (uncredited)
Fredricka Meyers ... Zena Van Dann - Passenger (uncredited)
Belle Mitchell ... Bertha Kaplan - Passenger (uncredited)
Dallas Mitchell ... Danny (uncredited)
Michele Montau ... Rosa Di Tomaso - Passenger (uncredited)
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. James Mott - Passenger (uncredited)
Don Nagel ... Martin Rose - Passenger (uncredited)
John Nolan ... Richard Ross - Passenger (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Men's Club (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Mrs. Chuck Beale - Passenger (uncredited)
Tom Pace ... David Norton - Passenger (uncredited)
Jim Parker ... Controller #3 (uncredited)
Vic Perrin ... Crabby Man (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Wellman (uncredited)
Pat Priest ... Mrs. Jerry Copeland - Passenger (uncredited)
Quinn K. Redeker ... John Reindel (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... White-Haried Lady on Dais (uncredited)

George R. Robertson ... Richard Stout - Passenger (uncredited)
Sondra Rodgers ... Margaret Rogers - Passenger (uncredited)
Don Ross ... John - Weatherman (uncredited)

Marion Ross ... Joan Myers - Passenger (uncredited)
Robert C. Ross ... Chuck Beale - Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Rougas ... Navigator (uncredited)
Benny Rubin ... Sam Lasky - Passenger Rubbing His Face (uncredited)
Dick Russell ... Jerry Copeland - Passenger (uncredited)
Jackie Russell ... Holly Barry - Passenger (uncredited)
Mark Russell ... PFC Bud Miller - Passenger (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Ted Fields - Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Sevareid ... Fowler (uncredited)

Johnny Silver ... Franco Spinetti - Passenger (uncredited)
Eric Sinclair ... David Knight - Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Stearns ... Donald Pyne - Obnoxious Passenger 21-D (uncredited)
Mike Steele ... Banquet M.C. (uncredited)
Ron Stokes ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Arlen Stuart ... Sally Catalano - Passenger (uncredited)
Leslie Summers ... Lynn Mason - Passenger (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Teen in Terminal (uncredited)
Towyna Thomas ... Mrs. Smith - Passenger (uncredited)
Glenn Thompson ... Controller #1 (uncredited)
Bee Tompkins ... Kate Jameson - Passenger (uncredited)
Richard Van Vleet ... Passenger in Military Uniform (uncredited)
Dawn Villere ... Dawn Williams - Passenger (uncredited)
Bud Walls ... Dr. Alan Bramson - Passenger (uncredited)
Rick Warick ... Burt Ball - Passenger (uncredited)
Vince Williams ... Cleveland Dispatcher (uncredited)
Frederick Worlock ... Frederick Williams - Passenger (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Seaton 
Henry Hathaway (uncredited) (winter outdoor scenes)
Writing credits
Arthur Hailey (from the novel by)

George Seaton (written for the screen by)

Produced by
Ross Hunter .... producer
Jacques Mapes .... associate producer (as Jacque Mapes)
Gordon Cornell Layne .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore (film editor)
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames 
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Mickey S. Michaels (set decorations)
Jack D. Moore (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Raymond Gosnell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Roberts .... assistant director
Harvey S. Laidman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
David H. Moriarty .... sound
Ronald Pierce .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Visual Effects by
James B. Gordon .... special photographic effects: Film Effects of Hollywood
Don Weed .... special photographic effects: Film Effects of Hollywood
Scott Dougherty .... digital restoration producer: Cinesite (uncredited)
Linwood G. Dunn .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Cecil Love .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Jerry Pooler .... digital restoration supervisor (uncredited)
Tiffany Smith .... digital restoration coordinator: Cinesite (uncredited)
Lightning Bear .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Cravat .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Daniels .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Garrett .... stunt double: Jacqueline Bisset (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Don Nagel .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Walls .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Loyal Griggs .... second cinematographer (uncredited)
Earl C. Williman .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... conductor
Arnold Schwarzwald .... music editor
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Fred Steiner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Lee Danielson .... technical advisor: Air Traffic Control (as Captain Lee Danielson)
John N. Denend .... technical advisor (as John N. Denend - F.A.A.)
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott)
Robert Werden .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
137 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)

Did You Know?

The field and terminal scenes were filmed entirely at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport due to the abundance of snowfall during the winter months there, although at first the film's producers were forced to use bleached sawdust as a supplement, to make up for the lack of falling snow, until a snowstorm hit the Twin Cities area during the production of the film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Burt Lancaster is in Mobile One and says that he wants to listen in to the tower/aircraft radio transmissions, he's told to tune to 117.1, when he's shown tuning the in-car radio, he tunes to about 171.See more »
Gwen Meighen:Vern, we just don't have time.
Capt. Vernon Demerest:But I have a cab waiting downstairs and we can make the airport in fifteen minutes. Now the driver doesn't mind waiting. His meter's running and so is mine.
Gwen Meighen:But I've got to finish packing.
Capt. Vernon Demerest:You get me up to full throttle then throw me into reverse. You could damage my engine that way.
Gwen Meighen:Look, we'll be in Rome tomorrow, we'll have three days. Try a little patience.
Capt. Vernon Demerest:Or a cold shower.
Gwen Meighen:Think about something else.
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84 out of 126 people found the following review useful.
This movie Is a classic., 18 November 2004
Author: dbr7474 from Washington

Is amuses me how easily many here can offer condemnation of this film. If you condemn it by reason that it doesn't capture the viewer in a way that say The Maltese Falcon or Vertigo did then perhaps I can understand.

It seems however that most of the harsh words are coming from the youngsters without much desire to even know what real films were like. I suppose it's not entirely their fault. I mean an action film to them has to involve no less than 55% CGI effects, 25% scantily clad, or outright nude actresses, oh! and more times than not a totally unrealistic plot.

But you see many years back in the early 70s and beyond they didn't have CGI to make up for lacking plots and poor acting. And at that point and time you couldn't really show full nudity so you couldn't rack them into theaters that way either (note the first scene with the lovely Miss. Bissett where she emerges from the shower and barely flashes just the side of her breast. That was probably pretty racy for the time).

So since you can't have any cheap outs like you can today, Gee Whiz! you had to have a real plot and have the ability to act! Lancaster has always been a favorite and he did act very well in this film. Youngsters see the likes of Dean Martin and George Kennedy and don't know what to think because all they've ever known was a Hollywood that produces computer generated fluff. Frankly guys if your idea of an action movie is watching Speed then you need to widen your horizon (no offense to the great Dennis Hopper).

Airport was not as in depth as the book, this is true. Seldom will you find a screenplay to be written with the same depth. Do you know why? Because you can't make the film last for 9 hours!

I know this is more a rebuttal that an outright review of the movie, but it amazes me how some of the CGI junkies have room to talk when it comes to offering their disdain for films with some of the most historic actors in history. This movie is totally entertaining and works well. And the idea some whine because it may not be 'PC' by today's standards is nothing more than extremist liberal drivel. Dino womanizing is apparently an offensive no-no. But today you can show something 50 times as bad and because its more modern and allegedly more acceptable by this standard, no one blinks. Amazing.

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