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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

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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

During the scene where Mel Bakersfeld (Burt Lancaster) and Commissioner Ackerman (Larry Gates) are arguing over closing down the airport, there is a model in the conference room of Boeing's proposed Super Sonic Transport (SST) with TWA livery. Once thought to be the future of air travel, in reality, America's SST never made it beyond the design stages. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Patroni is explaining to the management about the aftermath of the bomb on the 707, his unlit cigar is suddenly lit and smoke is circling as if it has been lit the entire time. See more »

Quotes

Ada Quonsett: When you get to be older, there isn't a lot left to be frightened of.
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Crazy Credits

Unusually, the Universal Pictures logo animation is not shown at the beginning of this movie...it's instead shown at the end. The in-credit notice "UNIVERSAL presents" replaced the usual opening logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo: Airsick - 1981 (1981) See more »

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Airport scales the lofty heights
16 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I recently watched "Airport" on TCM. It was the first time I had seen it in its original widescreen format since it came out in 1970. I was surprised at how well it has held up with the passage of time. Although there have been disaster movies from the beginning of cinema in the late 19th century and one that dealt specifically with an airplane in danger ("The High and the Mighty"), this was the film that launched the modern disaster craze that produced "The Towering Inferno," "The Poseidon Adventure," and countless others including "The Day After Tomorrow." The hilarious spoof "Airplane" which poked fun at the clichés and pretentiousness of the films did much to discredit the genre until recently.

"Airport" was based on the popular best seller by Arthur Hailey. Although over two hours long, the movie moves and the viewer never gets bored. The stellar cast does an exceptional job with a standout performance by the legendary Helen Hayes. The ending is both happy and sad. So it does not cop out on several key themes of the story. Many of the roles, such as George Kennedy's Joe Patroni, are played lightly and this adds zest to the performances. When the script begins to get syrupy a new element of emergency is thrown in to pick it up and go.

Forget all the cliché-ridden disaster flicks you have seen since "Airport." You will be entertained and not feel cheated when the closing credits appear.


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