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Airport (1970)

A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.

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Writers:

(from the novel by), (written for the screen by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mel Bakersfeld
... Vernon Demerest
... Tanya Livingston
... Gwen Meighen
... Patroni
... Ada Quonsett
... D.O. Guerrero
... Inez Guerrero
... Anson Harris
... Cindy
... Harry Standish
... Sarah Demerest
... Cy Jordan
... Peter Coakley
... Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman
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Storyline

This precursor to later "epic" 70's disaster films illustrates 12 hours in the lives of the personnel and passengers at the "Lincoln Airport." Endless problems, professional and personal, are thrown at the various personnel responsible for the safe and proper administration of air traffic, airline management and aviation at a major US airport. Take one severe snowstorm, add multiple schedules gone awry, one elderly Trans Global Airlines stowaway, shortages, an aging, meretricious pilot, unreasonable, peevish spouses, manpower issues, fuel problems, frozen runways and equipment malfunctions and you get just a sample of the obstacles faced by weary, disgruntled personnel and passengers at the Lincoln Airport. Toss in one long-suffering pilot's wife, several stubborn men, office politics and romance and one passenger with a bomb and you have the film "Airport" from 1970. Written by LA-Lawyer

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The #1 novel of the year - now a motion picture!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 1970 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Aeropuerto  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$100,489,150
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Sound Mix:

(35 mm magnetic prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

When Helen Hayes won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for this film, among the other nominees she bested were Karen Black and Lee Grant. Black appeared in Airport 1975 (1974), and Grant appeared in Airport '77 (1977). See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, various shots are shown of the parking lot outside the airport. In one scene, a numbered sign is reversed indicating that the film has been flipped from left to right. See more »

Quotes

Joe Patroni: Okay. But you keep those dinky toys out of my hair and away from this plane for 15 minutes, maybe less. I'll DRIVE it out.
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Enjoy it every time!
16 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this film again. I always enjoy it. It is a "time warp" 39 years ago, the hairstyles, the clothing, the airport. I always get a hoot when Van Heflin just strolls on the airplane, with a bomb in a briefcase. I have been flying since 1974, and since Sept 11 2001, you have to strip, take off your shoes, and get wanded. Strange to see the airport procedures of this bygone era.

The ensemble cast is always enjoyable. I like Dean Martin (the pilot) who is married to Barbara Hale (Perry Mason's secretary, Della Street, in one of her few film roles. When Dean Martin decides to divorce her, and continue in the relationship with Jacqueline Bisset (the stewardess), I hope the wife does not get Perry Mason for the divorce! Parry will clean his plow!


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