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The Concorde... Airport '79 ()


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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 more »

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Capt. Paul Metrand
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Maggie Whelan
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Dr. Kevin Harrison
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Isabelle
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Capt. Joe Patroni
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Eli Sands
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Francine
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Margarita
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Robert Palmer
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Alicia Rogov
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Loretta
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Elaine
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Boisie
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Peter O'Neill
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Nelli
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Coach Markov
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Amy
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Gretchen
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Dr. Stone
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William Halpern
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Rescuer #1
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Froelich
Sheila Wills ...
Young Girl (as Sheila DeWindt)
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Henri
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Mary Parker
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Carl Parker
Stacy Heather Tolkin ...
Irina
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Passenger
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Rescue Worker
Michèle Lesser ...
Carla (as Michele Lesser)
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Cooper (as Conrad Palmisano)
Jerry Prell ...
Passenger Agent (as Jerry M. Prell)
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Gregori (as Bernard 'Gus' Rethwisch)
Dick McGarvin ...
Newscaster
George Sawaya ...
Girard
Leonora Wolpe ...
Ground Hostess
David Matthau ...
Technician #1
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Technician #2
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Reporter #1
Hettie Lynne Hurtes ...
Reporter #2 (as Hettie Lynn Hurtes)
Gabrielle Rossillon ...
Reporter #3
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French Reporter
Isobel Estorick ...
Stewardess #1
Laurie Hagen ...
Stewardess #2
James R. Parkes ...
Stewart #1 (as James Parkes)
James Leigh ...
Stewart #2
Jean Turlier ...
Robelle
Jean-Philippe Ancelle ...
French Security Guard #1 (as Jean P. Ancelle)
Uta Taeger ...
French Security Guard #2
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Dulles Controller
Doug Christenson ...
Ski Patrol Leader
Harold 'Happy' Hairston ...
American Olympic Team Coach
Bob Courts ...
American Olympic Athlete (as Robert Courts)
Margolyn Curtis ...
American Olympic Athlete
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American Olympic Athlete
Glenn-Michael Jones ...
American Olympic Athlete (as Glenn Michael Jones)
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American Olympic Athlete
Patti Pivaar ...
American Olympic Athlete
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American Olympic Athlete
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Russian Olympic Team Coach
Anna Rodzianko ...
Russian Olympic Athlete
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Russian Olympic Athlete (as Daryl Lynn Wood)
Victoria Woodbeck ...
Russian Olympic Athlete
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American Olympic Athlete
Benjie Bancroft ...
Controller (uncredited)
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Lt. John Ratcliff (TV version) (uncredited)
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Chief Superintendent Morabito (TV version) (uncredited)
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FBI Agent (TV version) (uncredited)
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TV Announcer (uncredited)
Norm Keefer ...
Mikhail (uncredited)
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American Olympic Athlete (uncredited)
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Associate (TV version) (uncredited)
Rhoda Robinson ...
Passenger (uncredited)
Rick Sawaya ...
Russian Olympic Athelete (uncredited)
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Jeffrey Marx (uncredited) (voice)
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Mrs. Patroni (uncredited)
Diane Zapanta ...
Russian gymnast (uncredited)

Directed by

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David Lowell Rich

Written by

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Arthur Hailey ... (novel "Airport")
 
Jennings Lang ... (story)
 
Eric Roth ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Jennings Lang ... producer

Music by

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Lalo Schifrin

Cinematography by

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Philip H. Lathrop ... director of photography (as Philip Lathrop)

Film Editing by

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Dorothy Spencer

Editorial Department

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Rick Weaver ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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William Batliner
Robert J. LaSanka

Production Design by

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Henry Bumstead

Set Decoration by

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Mary Ann Biddle
Mickey S. Michaels

Costume Design by

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Burton Miller

Makeup Department

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Connie Nichols ... hair stylist
Rick Sharp ... makeup artist
Hallie Smith-Simmons ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Robert Latham Brown ... unit production manager (as Bob Brown)
Wilbur Mosier ... production manager
Suzanne Wiesenfeld ... production manager: Paris (as Suzanne Weisenfeld)
Patrick Gordon ... unit production manager: France (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Newt Arnold ... first assistant director (as Newton Arnold)
Katy Emde ... second assistant director
Bruce Hanson ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Bill Dietz ... property master

Sound Department

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James R. Alexander ... sound (as Jim Alexander)
Robert L. Hoyt ... sound re-recordist
John Stacy ... sound effects editor
Alsie L. Florence ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Roger Heman Jr. ... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Earl Madery ... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Roger Sword ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Peter Albiez ... special effects
Joe Goss ... special effects
Gary D. Bierend ... special effects crew (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Peter Anderson ... visual effects supervisor
Cleo E. Baker ... miniature sequences
Peter Gibbons-Fly ... special visual photography
Abe Milrad ... special visual effects
Clifford Stine ... special photography (as Cliff Stine)
Wes Thompson ... special aerial backgrounds
Alan G. Markowitz ... visual effects artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Michael Adams ... stunts
May Boss ... stunts (as Mary R. Boss)
Jean-Claude Braquet ... stunts
Vince Deadrick Jr. ... stunts (as Vincent Deadrick Jr.)
Rita Egleston ... stunts
Greg Wayne Elam ... stunts (as Greg Elam)
Richard Elmore ... stunts
Dean Engelhardt ... stunt balloonist
Debbie Evans ... stunts
Marneen Fields ... stunts
Sue Gapper ... stunt balloonist
Mickey Gilbert ... stunts
Kent Hays ... stunts
Melvin Jones ... stunts
John Larson ... stunts
Rick Lockwood ... stunt balloonist
Mario Luraschi ... stunts
Gérard Moisan ... stunts (as Gerard Moisan)
Daniel Perche ... stunts
Dar Robinson ... stunts
Ernest Robinson ... stunts
Walter Robles ... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... stunts (as Tom Rosales)
Cha Cha Sandoval-McMahon ... stunts (as Tanya Lee Russell)
George Sawaya ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Rick Sawaya ... stunts
Dean Smith ... stunts
Peter Stader ... stunts
Bob Terhune ... stunts
Victoria Vanderkloot ... stunts
Gregg Sawaya ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bill Johnson ... camera operator (as William Johnson)
Wilbur Kinnett ... gaffer
Carl Manoogian ... key grip
Stan McClain ... assistant camera: aerial unit
Norman Parker ... assistant camera
Robert A. Torres ... assistant camera (as Robert Torres)
Stephen Vaughan ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lambert Marks ... costume supervisor
Sheila Mason ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Dennis Williams ... second location manager

Music Department

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Robert Mayer ... music editor
Wayne Coster ... copyist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Chris Haynes ... driver (uncredited)
Frank Khoury ... transportation (uncredited)

Other crew

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Louis Odell Burton ... pilot
Jean Franchi ... pilot / technical advisor (as Captain Jean Franchi)
James W. Gavin ... helicopter pilot
Betty A. Griffin ... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott Griffin)
Clay Lacy ... pilot
Frank L. Pine ... pilot
Ross Reynolds ... helicopter pilot
Art Scholl ... pilot
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 plane as a technical error, then pinning the attack on one of the many activist groups opposed to the Concorde itself, or the upcoming Olympics. Concorde pilots Joe Petroni and Paul Metrand do whatever they have to to combat the attacks on the plane, the masterminds behind of which they nor Maggie are aware. Written by Huggo

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Taglines At twice the speed of sound, can the Concorde evade attack? See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Concorde: Airport '79 (United States)
  • The Concorde (United States)
  • Airport '79, Supersonic (United States)
  • Airport '79 (United States)
  • Airport '80: The Concorde (Philippines, English title)
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  • 113 min
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Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia The Concorde featured in the film was the seventh one built. It first flew as F-WTSC on January 31, 1975, as part of the fleet of the aircraft company Aérospatiale. In May 1975, the registration number was changed to F-BTSC, with its serial number being No. 203. The plane was leased from Aerospatiale (France) for the movie, leased to Air France in 1976, and sold to them in October 1980. Pope John Paul II flew on the plane in 1989. The actual plane used in this film crashed in Gonesse, France, on July 25, 2000, while trying to make an emergency landing at Le Bourget Airport (the same airport as in the movie). A metallic strip on the runway at Charles de Gaulle Airport had fallen from a Continental Airlines DC-10 (that had taken off minutes earlier) and punctured a tire on the Concorde's left main wheel, rupturing a fuel tank, with the leaking fuel catching fire and causing the plane to lose power. All 107 passengers and crew on-board, plus four people on the ground were killed. See more »
Goofs The Concorde could not do a loop-the-loop, but it could do a barrel-roll. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sunburn, Americathon, Hot Stuff, Meatballs, The Concorde: Airport '79 (1979). 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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