Airport (1970)


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Based on Arthur Hailey's best-selling novel, Airport is more or less a soap opera, set in a major urban airport and on an airplane, that accidentally became the blueprint for a slew of big-budget disaster movies in the 1970s, including three sequels to this one alone. Mel Bakersfeld (Burt Lancaster) is the harried airport manager whose wife (Dana Wynter) has just discovered that he's been having an affair with his assistant (Jean Seberg). Meanwhile, Bakersfeld's brother-in-law, pilot Vernon … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Arthur Hailey, George Seaton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 1999
Universal Pictures


as Mel Bakersfeld

as Capt. Vernon Demeres...

as Tanya Livingston

as Gwen Meighen

as Joe Patroni

as Ada Quonsett

as D.O. Guerrero

as Inez Guerrero

as Lt. Anson Harris

as Mrs. Cindy Bakersfel...

as Harry Standish

as Mrs. Sarah Demerest

as Cy Jordon

as Peter Coakley

as Mrs. Harriet DuBarry...

as Mrs. Harriet DuBarry...

as Commissioner Ackerma...

as Marcus Rathbone

as Mr. Davidson

as Mrs. Schultz

as Dr. Compagno

as Capt. Benson

as Bert Weatherby

as Reynolds

as Roberta Bakersfeld

as Libby Bakersfeld

as Father Lonigan

as Marie Patroni

as Lt. Ned Ordway

as Mr. Schultz

as Sister Felice

as Sister Katherine Gra...

as Schuyler Schultz

as Rollings

as Passenger

as Passenger

as Dispatcher

as Marie Patroni
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Critic Reviews for Airport

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Yes, it may be junk, but it's irresistible junk, like cotton candy, chicken nuggets or Gilligan's Island reruns.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Creative Loafing

Before there was Airplane! there was Airport, a surprisingly engaging disaster drama that ignited a trend.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for Airport


A little hokey to be sure but eminently watchable, Helen Hayes IS endearing but her oscar was surely a sentimental one and really should have gone to Maureen Stapleton who gives a real and very touching portrayal of a woman in an impossible situation. The rest of the cast is fun, Burt Lancaster and Dana Wynter inject a touch of reality as they come to grips with the end of their marriage in a wonderfully played scene. Jacqueline Bissett is young and beautiful, the chicest stewardess to ever fly the friendly skies.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

One of the original disaster films that spawned an entire new genre of films, Airport is a good little film. However, there's nothing too special about this one. Airport is entertaining, but lacks terrific character development and has cringe worthy dialogue at times. The performances are good, and the cast is pretty impressive, however the plot is hit and miss, and the direction seems unfocused. Nonetheless, if you love a classic thrill ride, this is worth checking out; just don't expect anything great with the film. I liked the film, but it's nothing special. The film set the standard of every other disaster flick that was to follow. The film is a bit too predictable, but in the end it's silly fun. The film tends to go from serious to almost tongue in cheek. Of all the disaster films out there, I find that this is one of the few more unintentionally humorous ones. I'm not saying the picture is bad, but there are moment in the film where you're like, did this happen? Considering that this is drama, you'd expect something a little more serious. This film could have been much better, and the screenwriters could have toned down on the cheesy dialogue and poor tongue in cheek moments. Otherwise, this is an entertaining picture that delivers effective thrills from start to finish, and despite its flaws, it's worth watching you love 1970's cinema. Just don't expect a great film. Enjoyable, but you can see that the film had the potential of being so much more than what it turned out to be.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

The first of the Airport disaster films. I remember seeing most of them on Sunday afternoons on TV as a young kid. Big budget blockbusters for the time with an all star cast! I think there were three sequels in the end Airport '75, '77 and '79 concorde! Check them out, still pretty good films and few disaster films about planes have been made since to this standard.
Not too mention it inspired two of the funniest spoof films (Airplane) as well!

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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