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Airport '77 (1977)

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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 <encenoman@hotmail.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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11 March 1977 (USA)  »

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Aeroport '77  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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Philip Stevens: Benji, I'm your Grandpa.
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Before the end credits, this text appears. "The incident portrayed in the film is fictional; the rescue capabilities utilized by the Navy are real". See more »


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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Composed and sung by Tom Sullivan
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Classiest cast of the "Airport" sequels and most serious.
30 March 2000 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

Landing after the TV sitcom-level cast/plot of "Airport 1975", but arriving before the ludicrous "The Concorde-Airport '79" is this slick disaster film entry. Featuring Oscar-winning and nominated stars like Lemmon, Grant, de Havilland, Quinlan, Kennedy and Stewart, it also offers one of the best caliber casts of the '70's disaster cycle. There is no deep thinking involved in watching the film, but it does offer some watery thrills and some fun thrashing around as the plane first skips along the surface of the water and then slips under. Suspense builds as the pressure continues to wreak havoc on the plane's outer skin and, unusually for an "Airport" film, pretty many lives are claimed! The death toll in this film is higher than the other three combined. It's great to see so many once and future stars flopping around in the underwater tomb, but the main attraction is Lee Grant. Clocking in with only about a dozen or so total minutes of screen time, she is utterly hilarious and unforgettable as a shrewish, boozy, sarcastic lush. No one is safe from her rude, brash comments and she is a joy to behold for bad-move connoisseurs. Her husband in the film is Christpher Lee. Fortunately, they didn't marry offscreen or she would have become Lee Lee, but that's another story.......


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