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18 October 1974 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlton Heston ... Alan Murdock

Karen Black ... Nancy Pryor

George Kennedy ... Joe Patroni

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Captain Stacy

Susan Clark ... Helen Patroni

Helen Reddy ... Sister Ruth

Linda Blair ... Janice Abbott

Dana Andrews ... Scott Freeman

Roy Thinnes ... Urias

Sid Caesar ... Barney

Myrna Loy ... Mrs. Devaney

Ed Nelson ... Major John Alexander

Nancy Olson ... Mrs. Abbott

Larry Storch ... Glenn Purcell

Martha Scott ... Sister Beatrice

Jerry Stiller ... Sam

Norman Fell ... Bill

Conrad Janis ... Arnie

Beverly Garland ... Mrs. Scott Freeman

Linda Harrison ... Winnie (as Augusta Summerland)
Guy Stockwell ... Colonel Moss

Erik Estrada ... Julio
Kip Niven ... Lt. Thatcher

Charles White ... Fat Man
Brian Morrison ... Joseph Patroni, Jr.
Amy Farrell ... Amy

Irene Tsu ... Carol
Ken Sansom ... Gary

Alan Fudge ... Danton
Christopher Norris ... Bette

Austin Stoker ... Air Force Sgt.
John Lupton ... Oringer
Gene Dynarski ... 1st. Friend
Aldine King ... Aldine

Sharon Gless ... Sharon
Laurette Spang ... Arlene

Gloria Swanson ... Gloria Swanson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Margaret Amato ... Diane - Passenger (uncredited)
Selma Archerd ... Frightened Passenger (uncredited)
Barbara Baldavin ... Passenger (uncredited)
Rochelle Balin ... Passenger (uncredited)
Ray Ballard ... Hostile Passenger (uncredited)
Billy Beck ... Funeral Director - Passenger (uncredited)
Marjorie Bennett ... 50th Anniversary Celebrant - Passenger (uncredited)
Carol Brooks ... Passenger (uncredited)
Bunny Burriston ... Bunny (uncredited)
David Carlile ... Fred Fuller - Passenger (uncredited)
Jolivett Cato ... Passenger (uncredited)
Diana Chesney ... Diana - Passenger (uncredited)
Ed Connelly ... Pilot (uncredited)
Edwin Cook ... Rock Singer - Passenger (uncredited)
Natalie Core ... Fern - Passenger (uncredited)
Joan Crosby ... Passenger (uncredited)
Wade Crosby ... Andy Birdson - Passenger (uncredited)
Joyce Cunning ... Needlepoint Woman Passenger (uncredited)
Tom Curtis ... Passenger (uncredited)
Maria Diane ... Denise - Passenger (uncredited)
Jim Drum ... Passenger (uncredited)
Lou Fant ... Needlepoint Woman's Husband - Passenger (uncredited)
Cay Forester ... Mary Chilcutt - Passenger (uncredited)
Susan French ... Violet - Passenger (uncredited)
John Furlong ... Mr. Taylor - Passenger (uncredited)
James W. Gavin ... Corporate Jet Pilot (uncredited)
Ted Gehring ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Redmond Gleeson ... Passenger (uncredited)

Virginia Gregg ... Lily - Passenger (uncredited)

Bob Hastings ... Freeman's Friend at Airport (uncredited)
Monika Henreid ... Nini Martin - Passenger (uncredited)
Pitt Herbert ... Passenger (uncredited)
Tad Horino ... Passenger (uncredited)
Richard Ianniciello ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Robert Ito ... Passenger (uncredited)
Jeanne Joe ... Passenger (uncredited)
Sander Johnson ... Philip - Passenger (uncredited)
Dulcie Jordan ... Iris - Passenger (uncredited)
Fred Karger ... Passenger (uncredited)
Fred Karger ... Passenger (uncredited)
Norm Keefer ... Rodger (uncredited)
Lloyd Kino ... Passenger (uncredited)
Gene Krischer ... Rock Star - Passenger (uncredited)

Clyde Kusatsu ... Passenger (uncredited)
Clay Lacy ... Pilot (uncredited)
Tommy Lee ... Passenger (uncredited)
Kathleen LeRoy ... Kathleen (uncredited)
Terry Lester ... Mr. Kelly (uncredited)

Judy Lewis ... Mrs. Taylor - Passenger (uncredited)
Paul E. Lewis ... Married Couple (uncredited)
Kelly Lockwood ... Pat - Passenger (uncredited)
Robert Lussier ... Harleigh - Passenger (uncredited)
Susan Madigan ... Newlywed - Passenger (uncredited)
Lillian McBride ... Pansy - Passenger (uncredited)
J. Edward McKinley ... Passenger (uncredited)
Lucille Meredith ... Rose - Passenger (uncredited)
Dorothy Meyer ... Passenger (uncredited)
James Murdock ... Rev. Bob Herron - Passenger (uncredited)
Jody Myler ... Passenger (uncredited)

Richard Narita ... Passenger (uncredited)

Alice Nunn ... Passenger with Dog (uncredited)
Bennett Ohta ... Passenger (uncredited)
Win Opie ... Passenger (uncredited)

Lara Parker ... Lara - Stewardess (uncredited)
Eddie Peterson ... Passenger (uncredited)
Frank L. Pine ... Pilot (uncredited)
Jim Plunkett ... Himself (uncredited)
Charles Quinlivan ... Dan Vesper - Passenger (uncredited)
Araceli Rey ... Gina's Mother - Passenger (uncredited)
Gayle Rogers ... Passenger (uncredited)
Keith Rogers ... Passenger (uncredited)
Sheila Rogers ... Blossom - Passenger (uncredited)
David Saber ... Rock Singer - Passenger (uncredited)

Bill Saito ... Passenger (uncredited)

Christiane Schmidtmer ... Angie Bell - Passenger (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... 50th Anniversary Celebrant - Passenger (uncredited)
Maida Severn ... Cora - Passenger (uncredited)
Loretta Slaten ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Carol Snow ... Joan (uncredited)

Berlinda Tolbert ... Passenger (uncredited)
Paul Tuerpe ... Newlywed - Passenger (uncredited)
Glen Vernon ... Passenger (uncredited)
Virginia Vincent ... Gina Arriba - Passenger (uncredited)
Ray Vitte ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jill Wagner-Porter ... Jill - Stewardess (uncredited)
Gene Washington ... Himself (uncredited)
Lee Wax ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lee Weaver ... Passenger (uncredited)
Jeanne Westmore ... Passenger (uncredited)
Forrest Wood ... Passenger (uncredited)

George Wyner ... Harry - Passenger That Sees the Oil Leak (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Passenger (uncredited)
De De Young ... Wife - Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Smight 
Writing credits
Arthur Hailey (novel)

Don Ingalls (written by)

Produced by
William Frye .... producer
Jennings Lang .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography) (as Philip Lathrop)
Film Editing by
J. Terry Williams 
Casting by
William Batliner (uncredited)
Robert J. LaSanka (uncredited)
Don McElwaine (uncredited)
Art Direction by
George C. Webb 
Set Decoration by
Mickey S. Michaels 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Jack Freeman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Connie Nichols .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lloyd Anderson .... unit production manager
Ben Bishop .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Crosland .... first assistant director
Wayne A. Farlow .... second assistant director (as Wayne Farlow)
James W. Gavin .... second unit director (as James Gavin)
Dick Erickson .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Richard Hashimoto .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Larry Clark Bird .... property master (uncredited)
William Fannon .... props (uncredited)
Edward G. Fitzgerald .... leadman (uncredited)
Gene Johnson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mike Reedy .... constructor: sheet metal (uncredited)
Erwin Truehertz .... sign painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound
Earl Madery .... sound
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound
Roger Sword .... sound editor
James Troutman .... sound editor (as Jim Troutman)
Jack Danskin .... mike man (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ben McMahan .... special effects
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Whitey McMahon .... special effects (uncredited)
Bruce Wolke .... special effects (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunt coordinator
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Dial .... stunts (uncredited)
Kim Kahana .... stunts (uncredited)
Kitty O'Neil .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Saito .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Yerkes .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard C. Kratina .... photographer: Washington, D.C. (as Richard Kratina)
Rexford L. Metz .... photographer: second unit (as Rex Metz)
Glenn Adams .... still photographer (uncredited)
Monroe P. Askins Jr. .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Stormy Boyle .... second grip (uncredited)
Vance Gage .... dolly grip (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Gary Graham .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Wilbur Kinnett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Carl Manoogian .... key grip (uncredited)
Lou Ramos .... best boy (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karl Brindle .... extra talent casting (uncredited)
Grady Rape .... extra talent casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norma Brown .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Barry Downing .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Carol Lunsford .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Lorry Richter .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ronald Krehel .... assistant film editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jack Lloyd .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott Griffin)
Donald McBain .... technical advisor (as Capt. Donald McBain)
James Wharton .... assistant to producer
Henri Alexander .... secretary (uncredited)
Ruth Bruning .... secretary (uncredited)
Ed Connelly .... pilot (uncredited)
Mary Gee .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Eddie Kafafian .... publicist (uncredited)
Irving Kramer .... location auditor (uncredited)
Clay Lacy .... pilot (uncredited)
Frank L. Pine .... pilot (uncredited)
Judee Roberts .... secretary (uncredited)
Pearl Smith .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Airport '75" - International (English title) (informal title)
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107 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:12 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:PG (Certificate #24063) | West Germany:16

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Final film of Gloria Swanson.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When George Kennedy makes his first appearance, a mechanic talking to him drops a wrench. The mechanic clearly looks down and then gives the wrench a slight toss before he lets go of it.See more »
Joe Patroni:[taking a phone call in Salt Lake City] Yeah? Your information is correct, Mr. Purcell, but we're clearing everything out of our Los Angeles office. You can understand that our concern here is for the safety of those people. Excuse me.
Alan Murdock:Who's that?
Joe Patroni:A guy named Purcell. Owns a local TV station. He's sending a remote unit out.
Alan Murdock:What the hell does he want to photograph? We don't have any bodies yet!
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Oh, my. Where to start ... this little baby is a gem for a sarcastic reviewer, 17 November 2003
Author: Vibiana from USA

Air travel in the 1970s (which was before fare laws made it more affordable) still retained a certain amount of chic. It was expensive enough that a lot of people had still never flown. In a family with five kids, our mode of transportation was a Volkswagen Bus. The Brady Bunch was the only big family I knew who went on vacations involving air travel. (And for the record, my first flight was in 1987, when I was 22).

This movie has so many hilarious moments in it, it's hard to catch all of them. First, Karen Black, that witchy-looking broad who wore the Zulu teeth in "Trilogy of Terror" has a few intimate moments with Charlton Heston, AKA Cockpit Moses, AKA NRA is My Copilot. I'm sorry, but the idea of him and her together ... ewwww. But I digress.

Next, we have the legendary Gloria Swanson, assaying the role of ... Gloria Swanson. What this consists of is: droning on endlessly into a tape recorder (or to her luckless secretary, who probably would have considered a plane crash a welcome diversion) about her fascinating life, how she was "a rebel" in her career, etc. -- the only thing she leaves out is what it was like to be bundling with JFK's daddy -- and wearing this bizarre sort of burnoose that ends up looking like a man-eating nun's habit. Which sets us up nicely for the introduction of two nunly stereotypes.

Sister Martha Scott displays a traditional habit, including a wimple, and a traditional outlook. Sister Helen Reddy (I swear I'm not making this up) is wearing a post-Vatican II modified habit and looks a lot like Julie Andrews in "The Sound of Music." Which is ironic given later events.

Getting thoroughly plowed in the airport bar are Mindy's dad, the guy who never wanted to have sex with Audra Lindley, and Carmine Vespucci. They run into Myrna Loy, who you'd think was an ordinary old-lady type, only to reveal that she swills boilermakers at every possible opportunity. If you're wondering why this was even a plot point, join the club.

And now, on to the plane. What a marvel of design that baby was! Those seats were the size of Lazy Boy recliners, even in coach class. To think that if only I'd been born to a millionaire, I could have experienced flight in the days before you get shoehorned into a seat the size of a toy poodle carrier with your knees in your face ... and not only that, THIS plane has a groovy spiral staircase leading up the flight deck, so that the passengers can ogle the stews' legs as they rush back and forth with coffee, tea or me.

Just when we think the ham can't get sliced any thicker, they wheel Linda Blair onto the plane in the role of a young girl (Sister Martha unnecessarily informs Sister Helen, "It's a young girl!" as if Sister Helen couldn't see that). And not just any young girl. A young girl who is DESPERATELY in need of a kidney transplant. Played by an actress who doesn't seem to catch on to the fact that someone in desperate need of a kidney transplant isn't going to be beaming and bubbling over about how "exciting" it is to look at all the people. However, since Linda was simply assaying yet another of the roles in her 1970s Put Upon Damsel collection, I can't fault her too much.

Meanwhile, at another airport, a former Air Force Glory Boy from "The Best Years of Our Lives" is preparing to journey home to Boise, Idaho. He calls home, and the phone is answered by none other than the blonde broad who took Uncle Charlie's apron and put the wrecking ball to "My Three Sons." She's his wife (how is it that all the lovely young actresses in this film are head over heels in love with these geriatric actors? Point to ponder). So, ignoring the forecasts of bad weather and the ominously prescient comment of a friend who says he's looking pale, our lone pilot leaps into his Patsy Cline Special and heads out in the middle of a driving rain.

Now, this sets up the pivotal scene. We have a large 747 loaded with 150 people (those seats were ROOMY, man) and an itty bitty plane with a guy who's starting to not feel so good, and they're both circling Salt Lake City, waiting for permission to land. Until Air Force Glory Boy has a heart attack and his plane collides with the jet in midair. Ouch.

Particularly since September 11, it's blackly amusing to see all the passengers sitting so calmly and obediently in their seats after the collision. Even if we were to suspend rational thought long enough to accept the idea that a collision that sucks out the first officer wouldn't be accompanied by enough pressure to suck out the entire flight crew and maybe the back wall of the flight deck, the fact that everyone just sat there, bundled up in their coats and cheesy purple airline blankets, while "THE STEWARDESS IS FLYING THE PLANE?" (thank you, Sid Caesar) is still hilarious to comprehend.

Now, lest I give away the Cheez Whiz ending too much, let me just say that I don't understand why, if everyone else got shoved out the inflatable ramps, Karen Black and Charlton Heston were allowed to promenade dramatically down the regular steps to the tarmac (ah, those days before jetways).

Anyhoo, this one is better experienced than described. If nothing else, it's fun to spot all the "Airplane" parody fodder.

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