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Airport -- Oscar winner Helen Hayes and Burt Lancaster lead an all-star cast in this gripping film about the manager of an international airport who struggles to rescue a bomb-damaged jetliner.


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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!
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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The First Real "Disaster" Film... See more (159 total) »


  (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 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)
Paul La Capria ... Italian Boy on Plane (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)
Joe Ploski ... Diner Patron (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)
Arnold Roberts ... Commuter at Airport (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)
Cap Somers ... Commuter at Airport (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)
Wally West ... Commuter at Airport (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
Christopher Chapman .... special visual effects designer (uncredited)
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)
Everett Lehman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Doug Mathias .... lighting technician (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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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)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-8 | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (1970) | Norway:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:G (Certificate #22114) | West Germany:16 (f)

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Final film of Virginia Grey.See more »
Continuity: At the end, the 707 lands with only the landing lights illuminated. When they come to a complete stop at the end of the runway, all exterior lights (wing markers, beacons, etc.) are illuminated.See more »
Capt. Vernon Demerest:Sitting behind that desk made you think like a bookkeeper.
Mel Bakersfeld:I didn't always fly a desk.
Capt. Vernon Demerest:Well all right, Daddy. Now you tell me about when you were a war hero. You flew those pursuit jobs you could land in a parking lot. But when I'm setting down over 200,000 pounds of 707, I want something under my wheels that's plenty long and mighty dry.
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41 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
The First Real "Disaster" Film..., 2 December 2005
Author: Isaac5855 from United States

Another of my guilty pleasures is AIRPORT, the 1970 all-star cast drama based on the best selling novel by Arthur Hailey. This soapy potboiler follows multiple stories throughout a busy metropolitan airport. Subplots that appeared in the book naturally had to be watered down or removed entirely, but that was to be expected in telling a story of such size back in the late 60's. However, after 35 years, I still find this film a lot of fun to watch (even though it really should be experienced in a theater). Burt Lancaster is all stone-faced authority as Mel Bakersfield, the airport manager who neglects his wife (Dana Wynter) while lusting after his passenger relations agent (Jean Seberg). Dean Martin almost gives an actual performance as Vernon Demarest, the smooth-talking pilot who also neglects his wife (Barbara Hale) while having an affair with a stewardess (lovely Jacqueline Bisset)whom he has impregnated. George Kennedy began his long association with the character of Joe Patroni here(he would play the role in three subsequent sequels). Van Heflin is extremely effective as D.O. Guerrero, the sad and twisted man who plans to blow up an airliner. Helen Hayes won an Oscar playing Ada Quonsett, a little old lady who stows away on the plane, but that Oscar should have gone to Maureen Stapleton, who is just devastating as Guerrero's wife, who is totally dismayed about her husband's plan and is tragically heartbreaking during one brief scene near the end of the film. For those who like their adventure films spiced with some somewhat corny, soap suds, put your brain in check and have your fill with AIRPORT.

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