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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Mr. Phillip Stevens is flying in a load of VIPs to the grand opening of his art collection when a trio of hijackers knock out the passengers with gas and try to steal the priceless cargo of art treasures. But everything goes wrong for the hijackers when the 747 crashes in the Bermuda triangle. While the passengers remain alive in the shallow water a daring rescue operation is planned to bring the plane up without breaking it in two. Written by Adam Carpenter <>

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plane | art | hijacker | water | gas | See All (146) »


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


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Release Date:

11 March 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aeroport '77  »

Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After hitting the offshore oil rig, the outer starboard engine (#4) is shown failing and taking fire. However, in the cockpit, Engine #3 (inner starboard engine) is shown failing with a skyrocketing EGT indicator (exhaust gas temperature), yet Engine #4's fuel cut-off and fire extinguishers are operated by the pilot. See more »


Martin Wallace: I want to harvest the sea for food and save millions of people from starvation.
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Followed by The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979) See more »


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30 December 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I loved this film growing up.

I have even become a flight attendant because of this film and the movie Survive ( the Rene Cardeno Jr version).

I could pick this movie to bits. However I will not as it is there for pure entertainment and entertain it does.

I have always wondered if there was a longer version though. As a child i remember it being shown over two nights the same with earthquake. If anyone can help with this and verify if there is a longer version let us know. If you want some disaster fun this is it. A plane crashes into the sea and survivor's must fight for their lives. Some may make it and some may not. Oliva DE Havilland does look out of place in this movie I think this is because she was a great star and a disaster movie just did not seem to be a role she would do. the same with Gloria Swanson who also ended up in a disaster movie. But we all must eat.

Lee Grant steals the show this could be debatable but I believe she does as a booze drinking socialite.

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