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The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

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 »

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David Lowell Rich

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Arthur Hailey (novel), Jennings Lang (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Capt. Paul Metrand
Susan Blakely ... Maggie Whelan
Robert Wagner ... Dr. Kevin Harrison
Sylvia Kristel ... Isabelle
George Kennedy ... Capt. Joe Patroni
Eddie Albert ... Eli Sands
Bibi Andersson ... Francine
Charo ... Margarita
John Davidson ... Robert Palmer
Andrea Marcovicci ... Alicia Rogov
Martha Raye ... Loretta
Cicely Tyson ... Elaine
Jimmie Walker ... Boisie
David Warner ... Peter O'Neill
Mercedes McCambridge ... Nelli
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Storyline

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 gesture prior to the 1980 Olympic Games. Among those on board is Maggie Whelan, a television reporter, who is taking both legs of the trip. Just after boarding at Dulles International Airport, she receives documents conclusively and unequivocally stating that her boyfriend, Dr. Kevin Harrison, the Chairman of Harrison Industries, an aerospace contractor, is complicit in illegally selling arms to enemy regimes. Regardless, Maggie loves Kevin, who vows to do the right thing by making a public statement to his illegal activities. Maggie also intends on making an on-air report of the story once she arrives in Moscow. Kevin, however, has other thoughts. He plans on destroying the documents, the most convenient way being to bring down the Concorde with Maggie aboard, initially having the attack on the ... Written by Huggo

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At twice the speed of sound, can the Concorde evade attack?

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Airport '79 See more »

Filming Locations:

Alta, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,000,000, 31 December 1979
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV) | (alternate version) (TV) (alternate)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was laughed off the screen during its initial screening for industry members and press at the Universal Studios lot. See more »

Goofs

When the drone missile is approaching the Concorde head-on, the Concorde appears to be flying backwards. See more »

Quotes

Alicia Rogov: I want to show the whole world that you don't need to be 15 and have the figure of boy to win a gold medal.
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Alternate Versions

SPOILER: There are two versions of the scene where Kevin Harrison committs suicide. The first, which is the theatrical version, has Harrison, on his private plane, after seeing that Maggie is still alive after the Concorde crashes in the mountains, shooting himself. The alternate scene, which airs on the network television version, which airs a further nineteen minutes of footage discarded from the theatrical version, has him shooting himself in a crowd of reporters while being asked about the Concorde incident. See more »

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The Miniature Effects, The Lalo Schifrin Score, Robert Wagner...Not Bad
15 April 2010 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

I remember walking out of an Australian movie theatre in 1980 and saying to my brother..."That was a disaster movie but what was the disaster?". Granted, I was a child at the time.

This Airport movie is different to the other three, no big sea dive or big collision, Airport '79 just seemed to be all over the place! However, the film has improved with age and two recent viewings have been very much enjoyed. It has a touch of The Towering Inferno (1974) with Robert Wagner still being up to no good, the miniature effects work of the Concorde itself is pleasing to my eyes and the film starts with a very uplifting Lalo Schifrin theme tune.

Perhaps Schifrin was trying to be the new disaster movie composer as in 1980 he would score Irwin Allen's When Time Ran Out as well.

There was to be a 5th Airport movie but the poor box office takings for Airport '79 put an end to all that. Too bad as all four Airport films are a special part of the 1970s and still survive repeat viewings to this day.


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