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Airport '77 (1977)

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

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Arthur Hailey (novel), Michael Scheff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Don Gallagher
Lee Grant ... Karen Wallace
Brenda Vaccaro ... Eve Clayton
Joseph Cotten ... Nicholas St. Downs III
Olivia de Havilland ... Emily Livingston
Darren McGavin ... Stan Buchek
Christopher Lee ... Martin Wallace
Robert Foxworth ... Chambers
Robert Hooks ... Eddie
Monte Markham ... Banker
Kathleen Quinlan ... Julie
Gil Gerard ... Frank Powers
James Booth ... Ralph Crawford
Monica Lewis ... Anne
Maidie Norman ... Dorothy
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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:

Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle... passengers still alive, trapped underwater... See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

11 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Airport 1977 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To prepare for his role, Jack Lemmon attended diving school and flight training school. As he stated for his flight training, "I wanted to know what all the knobs and dials were for." See more »

Goofs

During take off, a large number of loose items (including a huge fruit buffet set up on a table) are laying about in a way that would be totally unacceptable for any airline. Even after the ditching/crash, the bowl of grapes is sitting proudly and undisturbed on its table! See more »

Quotes

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

Alternate Versions

Network TV version features one hour of additional footage not included in either the theatrical release or home video release. Footage only seen in the network version includes:
  • Alternate opening credit sequence involving Banker and Wilson breaking into a laboratory.
  • A flight attendant cabin mock-up where the crew practice an evacuation using an escape slide. Shortly after, Anne introduces the crew to Joe Patroni.
  • Dialogue between Patroni and Anne.
  • A scene where Joe Patroni introduces Anne to Don Gallagher, who's working on a flight simulator of the plane he will fly.
  • Flashbacks of several characters. including Martin and Karen Wallace, Steve and Julie, Jane and Bonnie Stern, and Lisa with Ralph Crawford.
  • Extended dialogue throughout the film.
  • Gallagher and Eve discovering the plane's navigator is dead.
  • Scene involving Joe Patroni and his son, Joe. Jr. Patroni has been informed of the disappearance of the 747 and has to cancel plans to attend Joe Jr's graduation ceremony.
  • Brief additional footage of Martin Wallace's body floating outside the plane.
  • Emily attempts to console Karen, after the drowning of Martin.
  • As Gallagher and the scuba team make their underwater preparations to raise the plane, they discover Banker's body.
  • Amount of time for the plane to rise to the surface is longer than the theatrical version.
  • After the plan has risen, Gerald Lucas attempts to get out of the plane first, only to be stopped and pushed back by Buchek.
  • Dialogue between Philip Stevens and Eddie aboard the USS Cayuga. Stevens hands Eddie a piece of paper, which reveals Eddie's wife has given birth to twins. Stevens hands Eddie a cigar to celebrate the occasion.
  • Dialogue between Stevens and Buchek aboard the USS Cayuga.
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Composed and sung by Tom Sullivan
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Another box office success in disaster genre with a great cast full of familiar faces
25 November 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Plastic acting and stock characters detailing a hectic flight in 747 Boeing . It is an insincere , slick attempt to find box-office magic again , and , really , it achieved a hit smash . This is the third of four movies in the "Airport" series adapted from the Arthur Hailey novel . It's exciting and amusing but full clichés and stereotypes , including the unavoidable accident , with passable acting by all-star-cast . Twist to this in-flight catastrophe is that the bad time in the air happen underwater . The movie is another jetliner epic with hero Jack Lemmon as valiant pilot . Billionaire -James Stewart- fills his converted passenger commercial airline of the American Airlines 747 with priceless paintings and sets off to Palm Beach for a museum opening being piloted by Jack Lemmon , Robert Foxworth and joined by an invited band of hijackers , and being subsequently crashed into the sea . Describing the reactions of the crew and passengers as they cope with the impeding doom . At the end takes places a daring rescue attempt . The film is detailing hectic flighty piloted by Jack Lemmon and the relationship among passengers . If you've seen the original ¨Airport¨ by George Seaton based on the Arthur Hailey's novel 'the daddy of them all' , you have seen them all .

This old-fashioned catastrophe picture contains thriller , suspense , drama , moderate tension and being quite entertaining though with some flaws and gaps . All clichéd and stock roles with regurgitation of all usual stereotypical situations from disaster films , including a fairly moronic screenplay . Filmed at the height of the disaster genre from the 7os , this entry in the spectacular series profits of an enjoyable acting by Jack Lemmon , bringing life to character , in fact , to prepare for his role, Jack attended both diving school and flight training school , as he wanted to know what all the knobs and dials were for . Look quickly to Robert Hooks , Monte Markham , Kathleen Quinlan , Darren McGavin ,Gil Gerard , M. Emmet Walsh , Pamela Bellwood ,Michael Pataki , James Booth and Chris Lemmon , Jack's son as Radioman . And , of course , it appears the classic character Patroni played by usual George Kennedy continuing his role appeared in all four "Airport" pictures . The motion picture was professionally directed by Jerry Jameson , habitual TV director and occasionally for movie theater . Jerry went onto direct a similar sunken-vehicle high-concept picture around three years later with Raise the Titanic (1980) ; instead of raising a sunken 747 airplane from underwater it was the ship the Titanic . However , Airport '77 (1977) was box-office hit whereas Raise the Titanic (1980) was a box-office flop . It's an inoffensive diversion but is sometimes tediously unspooled . The film will appeal to Jack Lemmon fans and disaster genre enthusiasts .

This sagas belongs the following films : the first was ¨Airport¨ (1970) , unanimously deemed the best , it paved the way for many lesser flicks including its many sequels , being directed by George Seaton with Burt Lancaster , Jean Seberg , Dean Martin , Van Heflin ; ¨Airport 75¨ (1974) by Jack Smight with Charlton Heston , Karen Black and Gloria Swanson , ¨Airport 77¨ (1977) considered one of the best of the series , leading to the last of the tired ones , ¨Airport 79¨ , (1979) by David Lowell Rich with Alain Delon , Robert Wagner , Silvia Kristel . Furthermore , ¨ Skyjacked (1972) ¨ by John Guillermin with Charlton Heston , James Brolin and this film was parodied heavily in Airplane! (1980) by Jim Abrahams and David Zucker .


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