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A luxury 747 carrying valuable art work is hijacked and lands in the ocean, submerged in shallow water. Will the crew and passengers make it off before the plane floods with water? Written by
Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>
The Magnavox Magnavision VLP optical videodisc player shown in the film was Lew Wasserman's personal player and was borrowed from his office for the day of shooting. It was a hand-built pre-production model that was given the "7000" model number. The entire top of the player opens instead of just a small "lid" portion and the disc area has a clear window so you can see the disc spinning. For the final player release (model 8000), the lid was shrunk to only the disc area and the transparent window was eliminated. The player used in the film could not play CLV Extended Play discs as the the CLV format had not yet been finalized. The single-sided disc placed on the player contained the actual recording of James Stewart seen in the film - MCA Disco-Vision pressed the one-off disc just for the film. The packaging for the disc is a so-called "Nautilus Box" inside a standard cardboard box used to transport MCA Records Nickel-plated LP stampers. Monica Lewis uses the player incorrectly. She doesn't shut the lid completely and presses one of the "audio" buttons instead of the "Play Forward" button. See more »
When the stewardess puts the laserdisc into the player, she leaves the top door slightly ajar and the laserdisc will not play (even though it does in the movie). See more »
Following the not-so-spectacular "Airport 1975" comes "Airport '77" which is a welcome addition to the Disaster Movie genre. In typical "Airport" fashion, a routine plane ride, this time carrying various celebrities and other high-profile people, gets into some trouble when it crashes into the ocean in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle....
Though the decor of the flash plane filled with VIP's is dreary compared to the fabulous colours of the chairs in "Airport 1975", the characters are a major improvement, along with the actual danger that the passengers and crew are placed in.
In typical Disaster Movie style, the cast is large, and many of them are forgettable, however, stand-out performances in "Airport '77" include Jack Lemmon in a serious role as the likable Captain Gallagher, Lee Grant is Karen Wallace a VIP guest of the nasty variety, the underrated Pamela Bellwood as a young mother, the lovely Kathleen Quinlann is as usual outstanding, but unfortunately under-used here, but the stand-out star of the film is of course Brenda Vaccaro as Captain Gallagher's girlfriend Even Clayton. Vaccaro is certainly one of the better leading ladies in a Disaster Movie, but is also a surprising choice. Nevertheless, she is fantastic, it is a shame she is not more recognized for her work.
Overall, "Airport '77" is a terrific, and often overlooked addition to the genre, with a super cast, great direction, and a very interesting scene in which the plane is raised from the ocean, according to the credits, this is the actual method used by the Navy, which is a nice addition to the film.
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