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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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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:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,000,000
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was French superstar Alain Delon's final attempt to make a name for himself in Hollywood and crack the U.S. market. See more »

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The two missiles that miss the Concorde explode before they hit the water. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Kevin Harrison: You want to hang me without any explanation.
Maggie Whelan: You hung yourself.
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José Ferrer appears in the footage added to the film when it was shown on ABC-TV. He does not appear in the theatrical release. See more »

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Far better than the critics would have you believe!
23 February 2004 | by aschepler2See all my reviews

CONCORDE: AIRPORT '79, THE (1979) **½ Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner, Sylvia Kristel, George Kennedy. This fourth and final entry in the Airport series is arguably the weakest of the bunch, but it doesn't deserve the critical thrashing it's received over the years. True, the script is rife with hokey, often saccharine dialog (in one nauseating scene, a television reporter (John Davidson) and his Russian gymnast girlfriend recite wedding vows to each other when they think the plane is going down), and leaves far too many unresolved subplots (thanks mostly to the use of a huge ensemble cast of Hollywood has-beens, a series trademark). But Airport fans won't care, because the action is what matters and on that score, at least, The Concorde delivers. Even with its dated special effects, the movie still packs a wallop, delivering plenty of nail-biting suspense and a spectacular ending. Worth seeing.


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