A supersonic airborne disaster. In order to survive a flight headed for the Moscow Olympics, passengers of the Concorde must endure aerial acrobatics to dodge missiles and survive a device that decompresses the plane.


David Lowell Rich


Arthur Hailey (novel), Jennings Lang (story) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »





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


This last film in the 'Airport 'series ends fast - with an SST (supersonic transport); Concorde. Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) Murray deal with nuclear missiles being fired at the'speed-bird' (the actual British Concorde's ATC name) as a passenger on-board is carrying documents which can bring down the titan of a large military contractor, and in order to prevent this, the CEO tries to arrange for the plane's mid-air destructoon, using the French air force as a patsy.who are under the impression they're bringing down a compromised plane. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The film cast includes three Oscar winners: George Kennedy, Mercedes McCambridge, and José Ferrer; and two Oscar nominees: Eddie Albert and Cicely Tyson. See more »


When the French Mirage Fighter planes are firing on the F-4 Phantom, the F-4 model shows no signs of bullet hits and is already headed for the water. See more »


Isabelle: You pilots are such... men.
Capt. Joe Patroni: They don't call it the cockpit for nothing, honey.
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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 »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: George Kennedy/Miles Davis (1981) See more »

User Reviews

So bad, it's good!
22 August 2010 | by highwaytouristSee all my reviews

Have you ever watched unintentional comedy? Well, this is it. There are so many absurdities, I couldn't keep track. The best scenes are when Robert Wagner decides to shoot down the plane with missiles and pass it off as a mechanical failure, Charo tries to smuggle a Chichiauah on the plane and, when it's discovered, claims it's her seeing eye dog, John Davidson's hair stays in place when the plane flies upside down, when a missile gets close to the plane, pilot George Kennedy rolls down the pilot's seat window (at the speed of sound) to shoot at it, Jimmy Walker smokes weed in the bathroom stall, and when stewardess Sylvia Crystal says seductively "You pilots are such men!", Kennedy replies, "They don't call it a cock-pit for nothing!" What floors me is that after the first disaster, the plane takes off for another flight and the passengers get back on! If I were a passenger, no way would I board that plane! All this is backed up by special effects that wouldn't pass for an episode of "Bewitched." If you can find this movie in the 99 cent section, I recommend it. I laughed more than I had laughed in weeks. It's great entertainment in the worst way possible.

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Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Airport '79 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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