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

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11 March 1977 (USA)  »

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Airport 1977  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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The name of the main U.S. Navy rescue ship was the U.S.S. Cayuga (LST-1186) The vessel portrayed itself in the movie. The other rescue ship was the destroyer U.S.S. Agerholm (DD-826) along with a flotilla of other vessels. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film when the plane comes into land, it is a Boeing 747 in white coloring and a black nose tip, however later shots show a Boeing 747 in red, white and blue coloring and a grey nose tip. See more »

Quotes

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

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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
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One of the better disaster films!
23 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

Following the not-so-spectacular "Airport 1975" comes "Airport '77" which is a welcome addition to the Disaster Movie genre. In typical "Airport" fashion, a routine plane ride, this time carrying various celebrities and other high-profile people, gets into some trouble when it crashes into the ocean in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle....

Though the decor of the flash plane filled with VIP's is dreary compared to the fabulous colours of the chairs in "Airport 1975", the characters are a major improvement, along with the actual danger that the passengers and crew are placed in.

In typical Disaster Movie style, the cast is large, and many of them are forgettable, however, stand-out performances in "Airport '77" include Jack Lemmon in a serious role as the likable Captain Gallagher, Lee Grant is Karen Wallace a VIP guest of the nasty variety, the underrated Pamela Bellwood as a young mother, the lovely Kathleen Quinlann is as usual outstanding, but unfortunately under-used here, but the stand-out star of the film is of course Brenda Vaccaro as Captain Gallagher's girlfriend Even Clayton. Vaccaro is certainly one of the better leading ladies in a Disaster Movie, but is also a surprising choice. Nevertheless, she is fantastic, it is a shame she is not more recognized for her work.

Overall, "Airport '77" is a terrific, and often overlooked addition to the genre, with a super cast, great direction, and a very interesting scene in which the plane is raised from the ocean, according to the credits, this is the actual method used by the Navy, which is a nice addition to the film.


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