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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

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 Mel and the girl are out in the station wagon, he wants to listen to the aircraft radio conversation. He asks for the frequency, and the dispatcher gives him and aeronautical frequency (in the 116 MHz range). The scene cuts to his car radio, which only covers from 150-174 MHz (police and public service). There is no way he could listen to the aircraft conversation on this radio. See more »

Quotes

Joe Patroni: Aww, a tractor-trailer jack-knifed and flipped over. It's laying on its side like a drunken dinosaur.
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Crazy Credits

"Cosmetics by Universal Pictures Professional Cosmetics" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) See more »

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A Great Film with Great Actors
22 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Airport is a classic film that was one of the films that began the disaster film genre. It contains great actors like Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Helen Hayes, George Kennedy and Jaquline Bissett. Helen Hayes won the films only Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her comic role as the Stow away. I have one question. Where was George Kennedy's Oscar? I think he should have recieved an Oscar for his role as Joe Patronni. To recieve 10 Oscar nominations is an incredible achievement for a film of this Genre. Alfred Newman gives an upbeat and suspenseful music score and Ernest Laszlo's cinematography is good. Altogether, this film is a great one and there isn't any down spots that I noticed. Dean Martin was great as the smart mouthed airline pilot and Burt Lancaster as Bakerfeld, the airport manager. Van Hefiln was also good because he made you believe that his character had problems. A great film, worth your time to watch.


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