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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

Writers:

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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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 registration of the aircraft in the movie is F-BTSC which is the same as the crashed Air France 4590 on the 25th of July 2000. See more »

Goofs

During the rainy Paris street scene after the Concorde lands, a car is shown with a red turn signal flashing. Cars built for Europe have amber turn signals. Incorrectly regarded as a goof: Although all European cars for European market have been equipped with amber turn signals since 1968, red rear turn signals were allowed on individually exported cars in most European countries until the end of 80's. See more »

Quotes

Peter O'Neill: Last night I woke up in a cold sweat, I dreamt I was being chased by a giant banana.
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Alternate Versions

In deleted scenes shown in the television version, Brian Morrison appears again for the third time as Joseph Patroni, Jr, having previously been seen as Joe Jr. in deleted scenes in the television version of Airport '77, as well as being seen on-screen as Joe Jr. in the theatrical version of Airport 1975. Jessica Walter is also seen in a deleted flashback scene as Helen Patroni. See more »

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this turkey can fly at twice the speed of sound
2 March 2008 | by majorskySee all my reviews

All the Airport movies are stinkers, but this one is the biggest turkey of them all. The formula was different for this one because it focused on TWO disastrous flights and a lot of plot occurring on the ground, while the other movies focused on just one disastrous flight and less plot on the ground. The stunts with the Concorde are worth watching for the laughs, although the special effects aren't as terrible as I'd expect for a movie of this quality made in 1979. George Kennedy's sexist remarks are disgusting and his rendezvous with a prostitute in Paris is totally unnecessary (and made me gag a little). Poor Martha Raye was relegated to a role where she did nothing but relieve her bowel over and over in the Concorde's bathroom. There are no big stars in this movie compared to the previous films, giving you one more reason not to watch this one.


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