5.6/10
8,185
84 user 33 critic

Airport '77 (1977)

Trailer
2:38 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Airport 1975 (1974)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

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
Stars: Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

American based Federation World Airlines has just acquired a Concorde jet, which will make its inaugural commercial flight from Washington, D.C. to Paris, and then to Moscow as a goodwill ... See full summary »

Director: David Lowell Rich
Stars: Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner
Airport (1970)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

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

Directors: George Seaton, Henry Hathaway
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy
Earthquake (1974)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Various interconnected people struggle to survive when an earthquake of unimaginable magnitude hits Los Angeles, California.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy
Rollercoaster (1977)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A blackmailer threatens to sabotage roller coasters at various American amusement parks if he isn't paid a huge ransom.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: George Segal, Timothy Bottoms, Richard Widmark
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A group of passengers struggle to survive and escape when their ocean liner completely capsizes at sea.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, William Atherton
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Adventurers return to the overturned ship, seeking a fortune.

Director: Irwin Allen
Stars: Michael Caine, Sally Field, Telly Savalas
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A psychotic sniper plans a massive killing spree in a Los Angeles football stadium during a major championship game. The police, led by Captain Peter Holly and SWAT commander Sergeant ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce
Stars: Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Don Gallagher
... Karen Wallace
... Eve Clayton
... Nicholas St. Downs III
... Emily Livingston
... Stan Buchek
... Martin Wallace
... Chambers
... Eddie
... Banker
... Julie
... Frank Powers
... Ralph Crawford
... Anne
... Dorothy
Edit

Storyline

Mr. Phillip Stevens is flying in a load of V.I.P.s 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All new, bigger, and more exciting than AIRPORT 1975! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 March 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Airport 1977  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of several collaborations of Director Jerry Jameson and Michael Pataki, The Bat People (1974) being another. See more »

Goofs

When the captain is being rescued, the actors in the inflatable change after they pick him up. The first pair are both dark haired and have facial hair, while one has his shirt off. When they return to the ship with Gallagher (Jack Lemmon), they're both blonde, clean-shaven and wearing shirts. See more »

Quotes

Karen Wallace: Excuse me, I don't mean to intrude, but could you move your ass, dear?
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Skydivers (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Composed and sung by Tom Sullivan
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's Holding, For Now!
3 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

There is a tendency to over-think films like these.

Personally, this is my favourite of the 'Airport' franchise of films. It has perhaps the best cast of names of any disaster film, including Jack Lemmon (curiously cast as a pilot), Lee Grant and Robert Foxworth (who would both appear a year later in 'Damien: Omen II' (1978)), Christopher Lee, Brenda Vaccaro, George Kennedy, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten AND James Stewart, to mention just some of the biggest names.

Also, as the poster suggests, most of the action takes place underwater. This is also where audiences do most of the over-thinking. Don't worry about it being a plane - just buy into the possibility that James Stewart's character was so stinking rich and so concerned about his passengers and his art treasures that he bothered to make it the equivalent of a flying submarine (but a fragile one)!

This is an outrageous film - there are no two ways about it - but it certainly beats the cartoon-ish sequel featuring the Concorde, which stinks to high heaven in comparison!

It also possibly provided some vital training work for director Jerry Jameson before he went on to helm the doomed 'Raise The Titanic' (1980). What can be said for this film is that it certainly didn't sink as quickly as that film did! Universal Studios actually set up a ride where paying customers could be held hostage aboard a luxury airliner, before being (fictionally) rendered unconscious and then dunked in the drink. For such an audacious and exciting-sounding ride to even be dreamt up, this film had to have been a considerable success!! And, perhaps, Brenda Vaccaro was comforted for suffering pneumonia after filming this flick by the thought that all those innocent theme park tourists were suffering a similar fate!

Anyway, aside from the Concorde sequel, this is the most outrageous of the 'Airport' films - if any of them could actually be considered realistic viewing, then that's one on me!

Watching Lee Grant acting her co-stars in circles is a great pleasure to be gained from this entry into the franchise and the special effects, although dated now, of course, are still a lot of fun to watch!

And this is a fun film, blending the heist films of the 1960s and 1970s with the purely 1970s disaster craze. For the cast and the excitement, thrills and spills alone, give this film a watch if you're looking for something that will take your mind off of things and give you a good laugh as well! I had an exam the day after I watched this and it worked wonders just to unwind by watching this kind of inconsequential drama!


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 84 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed