Available on Blu-ray Disc (Region B)
USA 1969 English (Colour); Drama/Adventure/Thriller (Universal/Ross Hunter); 137 minutes (PG certificate)
Crew includes: George Seaton (Director/Screenwriter, adapting Novel by Arthur Hailey ***½ [7/10]); Ross Hunter (Producer); Ernest Laszlo (Cinematographer); Alexander Golitzen, E. Preston Ames (Art Directors); Stuart Gilmore (Editor); Alfred Newman (Composer)
Cast includes: Burt Lancaster (Mel Bakersfeld), Dean Martin (Vernon Demerest), Jean Seberg (Tanya Livingston), Jacqueline Bisset (Gwen Meighen), George Kennedy (Joe Patroni), Helen Hayes (Ada Quonsett), Van Heflin (D.O. Guerrero), Maureen Stapleton (Inez Guerrero), Barry Nelson (Anson Harris), Dana Wynter (Cindy Bakersfeld), Lloyd Nolan (Harry Standish), Barbara Hale (Sarah Demerest), Gary Collins (Cy Jordan), John Findlater (Peter Coakley), Jessie Royce Landis (Mrs Harriet DuBarry Mossman), Larry Gates (Commissioner Ackerman), Peter Turgeon (Marcus Rathbone), Whit Bissell (Mr Davidson)
Academy Award (1970): Supporting Actress (Hayes); Academy Award nominations (9): Picture, Supporting Actress (Stapleton), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction-Set Decoration, Film Editing, Original Score, Costume Design (Edith Head), Sound; BAFTA nomination (1970): Supporting Actress (Stapleton); Golden Globe Award (1970): Supporting Actress (Stapleton); Golden Globe nominations (3): Picture - Drama, Supporting Actor (Kennedy), Original Score
"The #1 novel of the year - now a motion picture!"
A harassed airport manager (Lancaster) must contend with numerous professional and personal crises during one fateful night in the midst of a severe snowstorm, when a bomb is detonated inside a passenger jet, co-piloted by his antagonistic brother-in-law (Martin).
The one that started off the 1970s craze for all-star disaster movies, the enormous box-office (if not critical) success of AIRPORT resulted in three more plane-in-peril thrillers, and inspired the classic parody AIRPLANE!, which, by exposing its clichés so mercilessly, more or less killed off the genre it was spoofing.
Despite its soap-opera tendencies, it's great, escapist entertainment, with terrific performances from Hayes (delightful as a geriatric stowaway), Stapleton and Kennedy.
Blu-ray Extras: None. ½ (1/10)
Action / Drama / Thriller
Action / Drama / Thriller
This precursor to later "epic" 70's disaster films illustrates 12 hours in the lives of the personnel and passengers at the "Lincoln Airport." Endless problems, professional and personal, are thrown at the various personnel responsible for the safe and proper administration of air traffic, airline management and aviation at a major US airport. Take one severe snowstorm, add multiple schedules gone awry, one elderly Trans Global Airlines stowaway, shortages, an aging, meretricious pilot, unreasonable, peevish spouses, manpower issues, fuel problems, frozen runways and equipment malfunctions and you get just a sample of the obstacles faced by weary, disgruntled personnel and passengers at the Lincoln Airport. Toss in one long-suffering pilot's wife, several stubborn men, office politics and romance and one passenger with a bomb and you have the film "Airport" from 1970.
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