A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

Arthur Hailey (novel), Don Ingalls
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Alan Murdock
Karen Black ... Nancy Pryor
George Kennedy ... Joe Patroni
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Captain Stacy
Susan Clark ... Helen Patroni
Helen Reddy ... Sister Ruth
Linda Blair ... Janice Abbott
Dana Andrews ... Scott Freeman
Roy Thinnes ... Urias
Sid Caesar ... Barney
Myrna Loy ... Mrs. Devaney
Ed Nelson ... Major John Alexander
Nancy Olson ... Mrs. Abbott
Larry Storch ... Glenn Purcell
Martha Scott ... Sister Beatrice
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Storyline

When the pilot of a small aircraft has a heart attack and crashes his plane into the cockpit of a Boeing 747, several members of the flight crew are killed and the pilot is blinded. Miraculously, the 747 stays in the air on auto-pilot with flight attendant Nancy Prior at the controls. Ground controllers, including her boyfriend Alan Murdock, try to teach her the basics but they soon realize they will have to get a trained pilot into the cockpit. Their first attempt fails and Murdock realizes he will have to do it. Meanwhile, various passengers have their own problems including a young girl who is destined to a life saving operation. Written by garykmcd

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ALL NEW screen excitement inspired by the novel "Airport" by Arthur Hailey. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Gloria Swanson's personal secretary was played by Planet of the Apes (1968) starlet Linda Harrison. For some reason, Harrison changed her professional name to "Augusta Summerland" for this movie. She acted twice more on television, in the 1970s, with this name, before retiring. See more »

Goofs

When Gary says "Whatever happened to womanhood?" his lips do not move. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Swanson: Do you know that my first trip to California took five days? So if we have to spend a weekend in Salt Lake, we're still ahead!
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Connections

Referenced in Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild! (2008) See more »

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Lyrics and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton (as R. Burton)
Sung by Helen Reddy
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The suspense of this movie is why do I keep watching it?
29 June 2004 | by d858thompsonSee all my reviews

This film is laughingly bad. Gloria Swanson looks like she's wearing a makeup factory. Charlton Heston wears some frightening looking outfits. Karen Black, the best actress of the cast, is trying to take it all seriously but you know she's thinking "Just think about the money! Just think about the money!" The effects look like they were shot in someone's garage. George Kennedy says lines like "He dropped his old fashioned wrench," which are apparently supposed to bring down the house. Dana Andrews looks like he's incredibly bored. And Larry Storch in a serious role? Larry Storch? A mistake has been made here. Granted, the shots of the full plane in action are pretty good. But for all of this, I watch it, I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame every time it's on. I even bought the video tape. You know why? Because it's so bad it's good. Gloria Swanson's last line in the movie is the best. Why did they wait until her last line to have a good line in the movie? Myrna Loy is good - actually, she really shines with this crowd.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Airport 1975 See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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