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Airport '77 (1977)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  11 March 1977 (USA)
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Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under 100 feet of water.

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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>

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Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle... passengers still alive, trapped underwater... See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Aeroport '77  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Co-starring in this picture was George Kennedy whose continuing character of Joe Patroni appeared in all four "Airport" pictures. See more »

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When the captain is being rescued, the actors in the inflatable change after they pick him up. The first pair are both dark haired and have facial hair, while one has his shirt off. When they return to the ship with Gallagher (Jack Lemmon), they're both blonde, clean-shaven and wearing shirts. See more »

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Karen Wallace: Excuse me, I don't mean to intrude, but could you move your ass, dear?
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Follows Airport 1975 (1974) See more »

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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
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Mid Air Ocean Caper Gone Awry
29 July 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Gazillionaire James Stewart is shipping his collection of art to a museum and he's using his private jet to fly the collection and a few friends down to meet him in Florida.

Of course this attracts the attention of a few crooks who have a pretty well thought out plan and the copilot, Robert Foxworth, working with them. Of course all good plans go awry and they go down in the Bermuda Triangle into some relatively shallow area of the Atlantic.

Hey they could have gone down and been lost for decades like the Titanic was.

That's essentially the plot here and in true Seventies disaster film tradition you load the screen with big names, dress them fashionably and put them in harm's way. The rest of the film is devoted to their rescue.

Incidentally the footage devoted to the air sea rescue is the best thing about Airport 77. No member of the audience will not go away impressed with the U.S. Navy's capabilities in that regard.

Jack Lemmon is the pilot and in an action role which is normally against type for him, he does quite well. Almost twenty years before he supported James Stewart in Bell, Book,and Candle and now the billing is most definitely reversed.

My favorites in the film are Joseph Cotten and Olivia DeHavilland, a classy and elegant pair of passengers who so typify the glamor of old Hollywood.

Christopher Lee also performs against type, he's not the villain here in fact he turns out quite the hero among the passengers. Lee Grant is his trollop of a wife and I remember seeing this in theaters and the shouts for joy from the audience when Brenda Vaccaro punches her out.

I'm not sure which is a wilder rescue this one or that other James Stewart film The Flight of the Phoenix. There's no way any of them should survive.

But this is a Hollywood disaster epic, so all things are possible.


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