Airport 1975 (1974)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  18 October 1974 (USA)
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A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.



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When the pilot of a small aircraft has a heart attack and crashes his plane into the cockpit of a Boeing 747, several members of the flight crew are killed and the pilot is blinded. Miraculously, the 747 stays in the air on auto-pilot with flight attendant Nancy Prior at the controls. Ground controllers, including her boyfriend Alan Murdock, try to teach her the basics but they soon realize they will have to get a trained pilot into the cockpit. Their first attempt fails and Murdock realizes he will have to do it. Meanwhile, various passengers have their own problems including a young girl who is destined to a life saving operation. Written by garykmcd

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cockpit | flight | plane | pilot | control | See All (138) »


Something hit us... The crew is dead... Help us, please, please help us! See more »


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Release Date:

18 October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aeropuerto 1975  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 3,006,752 (Sweden)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Early on in the film Gloria Swanson's PA refers to the autobiography the actress has just finished writing and asks her to provide the names of two actresses who didn't cave in to the studios under pressure. She replies, "That's easy--Carole Lombard and Grace Moore!", Moore was an operatic soprano and close friend of Swanson. Both Moore and Lombard were killed in airplane crashes in the 1940s. See more »


After the 747 has touched down at the Salt Lake City airport and the crash trucks start to chase after it, you can see the terminal and control tower across the field to the right side of the runway and the landing 747. The 747 then turns to its left when it reaches the end of the runway and stops on that taxiway. In the pullout shot when the end credits start, you see the terminal and control tower right in front and to the left of the 747, exactly on the opposite side and much closer than it should have been according to the location established by the previous shot of the 747 touching down See more »


Bill: That's enough of that for you. The convention's over. I want you to taper off.
Bill: No more!
Sam: You should've stuck to the Blue Nun.
Arnie: We've got a plane to catch, Sammy boy!
Bill: [Drunk] We've got a plane!
Arnie: Bartender, another one all around.
Bill: No more!
Sam: [sings] California here I come right back where!
[Glass shatters - Mrs Devaney has her drinking glass knocked out of her hand at the airport by Sam]
Sam: I'm sorry, I didn't mean that. Oh excuse me...
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Best Friend
Lyrics and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton (as R. Burton)
Sung by Helen Reddy
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The inspiration for all the clichés and spoofs to follow
30 August 2004 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I have read many of the viewer comments on this film and I can say that most were right on target so there isn't much point in my repeating what they've already said.

My main comment would be: Save yourself the time and expense to see this film and rent "Airplane!" instead. They are essentially the same film with the only real distinction being that "Airplane!" actually was intended to be a comedy.... and a damned good one at that. In fact, as I recall, "Airplane!" was named the best comedy ever made by the American Film Institute. This is quite phenomenal when you consider that it was nothing but a spoof of "Airport 1975". And this may be the one and only truly distinctive aspect of "Airport 1975". That is, it did inspire a truly great film. Otherwise, it had very few redeeming qualities.

The film is nothing but a haphazardly thrown together collection of all the film clichés that could be squeezed into the allotted run time. I recently watched it for the first time since its original release mostly out of sheer curiosity. I remembered it being bad.... as all the sequels to "Airport" were. They were all presumably made as serious films but they were all so sloppily made with such terrible scripts that you couldn't help wonder why they weren't just released as comedies in the first place. For example, as has been well documented in other viewer comments, how could anyone take Linda Blair's and Helen Reddy's roles seriously? I mean, how could they keep straight faces with the scenario and dialogue they were supposed to work with? All that was missing was a laugh track.

I am glad I read some of the IMDb comments as I was viewing "Airport 1975" on AMC because they really added to my enjoyment of the comic aspects of the film.

As I said, this was the first time I had watched it in about 30 years and in the meantime I had of course seen "Airplane!" But until rewatching "Airport 1975" I did not realize the degree to which "Airplane!" was inspired by "Airport 1975". At times, I was dumbstruck at how scene after scene were all spoofs of actual scenes from "Airport 1975". And this made the film very entertaining to me when otherwise I may have just hit the channel button on the remote after the first 10 minutes of so of the drivel that "Airport 1975" actually is.

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