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Airport (1970)




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In this disaster film, a nutcase detonates a bomb aboard a plane, leaving the flight and ground crews to figure out how to safely land their dangerously-crippled vessel during a terrible blizzard. The bulk of the story centers on the ways in which people deal with the situation.

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Burt Lancaster
as Mel Bakersfeld
Dean Martin
as Capt. Vernon Demerest
Jean Seberg
as Tanya Livingston
Jacqueline Bisset
as Gwen Meighen
George Kennedy
as Joe Patroni
Helen Hayes
as Ada Quonsett
Van Heflin
as D.O. Guerrero
Maureen Stapleton
as Inez Guerrero
Barry Nelson
as Lt. Anson Harris
Dana Wynter
as Mrs. Cindy Bakersfeld
Lloyd Nolan
as Harry Standish
Barbara Hale
as Mrs. Sarah Demerest
Gary Collins
as Cy Jordon
John Findlater
as Peter Coakley
Jesse Royce Landis
as Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman
Jessie Royce Landis
as Mrs. Harriet DuBarry Mossman
Larry Gates
as Commissioner Ackerman
Peter Turgeon
as Marcus Rathbone
Whit Bissell
as Mr. Davidson
Virginia Grey
as Mrs. Schultz
Paul Picerni
as Dr. Compagno
Robert Patten
as Capt. Benson
Clark Howat
as Bert Weatherby
Lew Brown
as Reynolds
Llana Dowding
as Roberta Bakersfeld
Lisa Gerritsen
as Libby Bakersfeld
Jim Nolan
as Father Lonigan
Jodean Lawrence
as Marie Patroni
Albert Reed
as Lt. Ned Ordway
Dick Winslow
as Mr. Schultz
Mary Jackson
as Sister Felice
Janis Hansen
as Sister Katherine Grace
Lou Wagner
as Schuyler Schultz
Shelly Novack
as Rollings
Benny Rubin
as Passenger
Michael Stearns
as Passenger
Dallas Mitchell
as Dispatcher
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Critic Reviews for Airport

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

On some dumb fundamental level, Airport kept me interested for a couple of hours. I can't quite remember why.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

September 13, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

August 15, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

If it weren't for a mad bomber story line, it would be the perfect empty movie for airlines to show on long flights.

August 7, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…

One of the most embarrassing films to be nominated for Best Picture and other Oscars, Airport is a trashy flick that began the cycle of disaster movies; the spoof Airport is better and more enjoyable.

December 18, 2005 | Rating: C

Old-fashioned and fairly stagy, but this great-granddaddy of disaster flicks has an undeniable old-fashioned charm.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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
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
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
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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