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Airport '77 (1977)




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Stretching the Airport concept as far as it will go, this third film in the series sticks a jet full of old actors 50 feet underwater in the Bermuda Triangle. Oxygen (and credibility) grows short, and Jimmy Stewart plays an art collector targeted for a heist. Jack Lemmon is the unfortunate pilot, and Christopher Lee shows up along with Brenda Vaccaro, Joseph Cotten, and Olivia de Havilland. Jerry Jameson, auteur of The Bat People, was selected to helm this entry featuring that film's star, Michael Pataki. George Kennedy, the only man to appear in all four Airport films, is along for the ride as well.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Hal Craig, Charles Kuenstle, Michael Scheff, David Spector
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 15, 1998
Universal Studios


Jack Lemmon
as Capt. Don Gallagher
Lee Grant
as Karen Wallace
Brenda Vaccaro
as Eve Clayton
Joseph Cotten
as Nicholas St. Downs I...
Olivia de Havilland
as Emily Livingston
Darren McGavin
as Stan Buchek
Christopher Lee
as Martin Wallace
James Stewart
as Philip Stevens
George Kennedy
as Joe Patroni
Gil Gerard
as Frank Powers
James Booth
as Ralph Crawford
Maide Norman
as Dorothy
Arlene Golonka
as Mrs. Stern
M. Emmet Walsh
as Dr. Williams
Peter Fox
as Lieutenant Tommy Nor...
Richard Venture
as Cmdr. Gray
Chris Lemmon
as Radioman
Tom Rosqui
as Hunter
Paul Tuerpé
as Officer of the Deck
Arthur Adams
as Commander Reed
Ron Burke
as Passenger
Peter Greene
as Frogman #1
Janet Brady
as Passenger
Elizabeth Cheshire
as Bonnie Stern
M. James Arnett
as Passenger
Mary Nancy Burnett
as Radar Room Controlle...
Beverly Gill
as Stewardess #3
Rickie Sorenson
as Controller #2
Bill Jelliffe
as Controller #1
George Whiteman
as Passenger
John Kerry
as Lieutenant Commander
M. James Arnett
as Passenger
Charles Macauley
as Admiral Corrigan
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Critic Reviews for Airport '77

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

This trashy adventure-melodrama is the second in the film series that began in 1970.

Full Review… | June 22, 2011

Please ground all future Airport movies. The first was fine, and enough.

February 23, 2008

The sequels got progressively sillier, but the body counts are still fun to tally.

April 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for Airport '77

Third film in the series departs from the first two films and offers something new. The plot works well enough to keep you interested from start to finish, and though it's nothing special, it's actually an improvement over the previous films. However like the first two in the series, this entry still has its limitations. Despite its good plot, and its effort to try something different, the film's script suffers from underdeveloped writing. However the cast here are good and it is one of the best casts in any Airport films. I really enjoyed the film, and this is the perfect little thriller to watch if you're looking for mindless entertainment. But like every other film in the series, don't expect a superb film, and you're sure to enjoy it. I thought this was an underrated entry in the series and because it departs from the first two films, it does something new and exciting. As a disaster flick, this third film works well, and along with the first film in the franchise, I'd have to say this is the best one. However, all of the entries have their strengths and weaknesses. As a third film usually is one of the worst films in the series, this is not the case with Airport '77 is a good film filled with suspense, thrills and has you hooked from start to finish. Disaster films of the 70's were meant as pure popcorn flicks, silly, yet very enjoyable. If you enjoyed the first two films, check this one out. Despite its flaws, this one is good due to good performances from the cast that are good in their roles, and make the film what it is.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Another airport disaster film, if I remember right this was interesting as it dealt with a plane that had crashed and was deep underwater in the ocean. Quite an intriguing film as they try to problem solve how to save the passengers.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

This movie follows the same formula as the other airport movies, but I think it has the most stars yet of the series. It's rather slow going, but the ending is pretty cool (until they remind you that it's not a real story, which was stupid). Overall, it's just okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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