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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.

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Jerry Jameson

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Arthur Hailey (novel), Michael Scheff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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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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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>

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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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 »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Joan Crawford declined to play Emily Livingston, Olivia de Havilland stepped in and played the part instead. Also, in 1964, Crawford had actually been replaced by de Havilland in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), after Joan became ill, and in 1962, when Crawford had accepted the role in Lady in a Cage (1964), and then later withdrew because the production stalled, her part was re-cast with de Havilland. See more »

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It's impossible for the plane to have stayed intact after hitting the water multiple times, even if the plane hit the water once it would of broken up, not to mention how rough the plane hit the water too. 110% certain the plane would have broken up. See more »

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Karen Wallace: Excuse me, I don't mean to intrude, but could you move your ass, dear?
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Mid Air Ocean Caper Gone Awry
29 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Gazillionaire James Stewart is shipping his collection of art to a museum and he's using his private jet to fly the collection and a few friends down to meet him in Florida.

Of course this attracts the attention of a few crooks who have a pretty well thought out plan and the copilot, Robert Foxworth, working with them. Of course all good plans go awry and they go down in the Bermuda Triangle into some relatively shallow area of the Atlantic.

Hey they could have gone down and been lost for decades like the Titanic was.

That's essentially the plot here and in true Seventies disaster film tradition you load the screen with big names, dress them fashionably and put them in harm's way. The rest of the film is devoted to their rescue.

Incidentally the footage devoted to the air sea rescue is the best thing about Airport 77. No member of the audience will not go away impressed with the U.S. Navy's capabilities in that regard.

Jack Lemmon is the pilot and in an action role which is normally against type for him, he does quite well. Almost twenty years before he supported James Stewart in Bell, Book,and Candle and now the billing is most definitely reversed.

My favorites in the film are Joseph Cotten and Olivia DeHavilland, a classy and elegant pair of passengers who so typify the glamor of old Hollywood.

Christopher Lee also performs against type, he's not the villain here in fact he turns out quite the hero among the passengers. Lee Grant is his trollop of a wife and I remember seeing this in theaters and the shouts for joy from the audience when Brenda Vaccaro punches her out.

I'm not sure which is a wilder rescue this one or that other James Stewart film The Flight of the Phoenix. There's no way any of them should survive.

But this is a Hollywood disaster epic, so all things are possible.


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