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Concorde Affaire '79 (1979)

A reporter tries to stop the crash of an aircraft after uncovering an airline's plot to save their business by sabotaging Concorde flights and have them decommissioned.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato (as Roger Deodato)

Writers:

Alberto Fioretti (story), Renzo Genta (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franciscus ... Moses Brody
Mimsy Farmer ... Jean Beneyton
Venantino Venantini ... Forsythe
Fiamma Maglione Fiamma Maglione ... Nicole Brody (as Mag Fleming)
Edmund Purdom ... Danker
Francisco Charles Francisco Charles ... George (as 'Francisco' Charles)
Francesco Carnelutti Francesco Carnelutti ... Co-Pilot - 2nd Concorde
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua ... John - Forsythe's Henchman
Aldo Barberito Aldo Barberito ... Priest - 2nd Concorde
Roberto Santi Roberto Santi ... Navigator - Second Concorde
Maria D'Incoronato Maria D'Incoronato ... Woman Passenger with Bearded Father - 2nd Concorde
Renzo Marignano Renzo Marignano ... Martinez - Milland's Advisor
Renato Cortesi Renato Cortesi ... Journalist
Giovanni Battista Felici Giovanni Battista Felici
Maria D'Alessandro Maria D'Alessandro ... Hostess
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Storyline

Reporter Moses Brody receives a phone-call from his ex-wife, a fellow reporter, who says he has a big story in the Antilles. When he arrives, she has been killed. While investigating her death, he comes across the case she was working on: a crashed Concorde airliner, sabotaged by an airline company whose South American business is jeopardized by the new Concorde airplanes. He digs deeper and finds that the stewardess survived the crash into the ocean, but she is being held by criminals who are blackmailing the company responsible for the crash. The crash site is kept hidden, however, and the authorities don't believe his story without the proper evidence. On his own, Brody attempts to rescue the stewardess from her captors, and while doing so, he discovers that another Concorde flight out of London has been sabotaged to crash in the same way. The two race against the clock to get the information to London and prevent the crash. Written by Helltopay27

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 March 1979 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Concorde Affair See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Danker: Operation? The flight from Rio will have 100 persons on board. And you call this an operation? Why don't you call it by its real name?
Milland: You wanna hear its real name? Okay, Danker, I'll spell it for you: W-A-R, war.
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"Looks like I picked a bad day to stop watching Italian films"
5 December 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

It was foolish of me to think that the Italian film industry wouldn't have a go at the old disaster genre, and here it its: the Italian version of Airport. Kind of.

Evil businessmen are wishing to destroy the Concorde by sabotaging it and causing it to be decommissioned. Using evil henchmen Venantino Venantini and Ottavia Dell'Aqua, they bring one aircraft down in the Antilles. It's a shame that air hostess Mimsy Farmer survived though, because she could blow the whole conspiracy wide open. It's kind of a mixed blessing that the henchmen get a hold of her, because although they already know about the conspiracy, they always start blackmailing the evil businessmen. Where's the loyalty these days in avational espionage?

Journalist James Franciscus gets involved when his wife phones him from the Antilles and annoyingly doesn't tell him anything over the phone, which is rather selfish because by the time he flies there from New York she's dead and he's not got a clue what she's on about. Luckily he's got a guardian angel looking out for him, because Venantino and Ottavia reckon they'd be better off minus a nosy journalist.

There's a lot of scuba diving looking for sunken Concordes and amazingly Mimsy nearly escapes the ship she's being held on just as James was passing by. By the time this all happens you'll be wondering when the disaster element is going to arrive - it does eventually, involving another plane piloted by Van Johnson. The same device that took down the first concorde is on board this one, but only Mimsy Farmer and her amnesia can save everyone on board...

When not murdering animals for a laugh, Ruggero Deodato can actually produce a good film, or at least an mildly entertaining one like this. There's a whole load of shenanigans going down between James trying to convince the authorities of the conspiracy and people trying to kill him, but those looking for Deodato gore will be let down, save for the bit where a diver is shot in the face and about ten gallons of blood pours out. Van Johnson does well as the stressed out pilot and you can't beat a bit of Joseph Cotton being evil, so that's not so bad either.

What's good for a laugh are some of the effects - the emergency cars at the end of the film are clearly toys, and so are several shots of the concorde itself. I'm no expert in disaster films but as a quick time waster it was okay. Dakar from Zombie Flesh Eaters gets his head run over by a boat.


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