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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

Lloyd Nolan ... Harry Standish

Barbara Hale ... Sarah

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)

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 (music composed by)
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 (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup
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)
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Earl C. Williman .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... music conducted by
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

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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?

Leading critic Judith Crist famously dubbed this "the best film of 1944".See more »
Revealing mistakes: As the airplane is landing the controller states winds gusting to 35 knots (40 mph). As the passengers are deboarding, the snow is gently falling with no indication of wind.See more »
Joe Patroni:They don't call them emergencies anymore. They call them Patronis.See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Disaster in More Ways Than One, 16 December 2004
Author: tvnutt from USA

I thoroughly enjoyed Airport, hands down the best of the four flicks in the serial(does Concorde count? It was MFTV). There was so much tension going on both with the airline, the airport and the lives of some of the passengers and crew members. This was a good old fashioned 60's flick, but not too cheesy. Helen Hayes is excellent as the little old lady who with all the grace and charm, has made a career out of stowing away. I love how she fights with Jacqueline Bisset's character in order to distract the mad bomber on board(Van Heflin). The tension when Joe Patroni(George Kennedy) guns the plane's engines and gets that plane out of the snow was gut wrenching. Burt Lancaster as the married and harried airport manager who has some what of an affinity for his assistant. Dean Martin gave such a surprising dramatic performance as the captain who was carrying on a love affair with Bisset's stewardess who later tells him she's pregnant. Even Gary Collins wasn't THAT bad. The film's climactic ending leaves you nothing short of disturbed and breathless. Maureen Stapleton, upon learning the plane has landed after being blown up by her husband, walks up to the injured passengers bawling her eyes out and apologizing for her husband's actions. Of course my favorite is the scene where Bisset's character Gwen(who was wounded in the blast) is being escorted by the doctor who tells the EMT's on the ground that Gwen is pregnant. Martin is also escorting her, completely bypassing his wife, who is ready to give him a hug and then soon puts two and two together. What a way to find out! That dejected look on Hale's face, who is once again playing her, oh so kind and understanding character, you can't help but hate Martin for this last scene. Hale almost never played the "bad girl." She's a favorite of mine. Airport will keep you on edge. Haley managed to intertwine the suspension and soap opera dramatics that made the prime time soap opera "Hotel" so popular. He definitely walks a fine line and doesn't go over either one.

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