Airport 1970

Airport

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In this large-ensemble disaster movie, Mel Bakersfeld (Burt Lancaster), the general manager of a Chicago-area airport, must contend with a massive snowstorm and other issues, both work-related and personal, while the troubled D.O. Guerrero (Van Heflin) threatens to blow up an airliner. As pilot Vernon Demerest (Dean Martin) attempts to calm Guerrero down and dissuade him from setting off explosives on the plane, tensions increase in the air and on the ground, and danger is imminent.

Cast & Crew

Burt Lancaster
Mel Bakersfeld
Dean Martin
Capt. Vernon Demerest
Helen Hayes
Ada Quonsett
Jean Seberg
Tanya Livingston
Van Heflin
D. O. Guerrero
Barry Nelson
Capt. Anson Harris
Dana Wynter
Cindy Bakersfeld
George Seaton
Screenwriter
Alfred Newman
Original Music
Ernest Laszlo
Cinematographer
E. Preston Ames
Art Director
Mickey S. Michaels
Set Decoration
Jack D. Moore
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Critic Reviews for Airport

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Audience Reviews for Airport

  • Sep 29, 2012
    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.
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  • Jun 22, 2011
    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 K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    A good cast, but the story is predictable and the movie is very long. This is the first of the 70s disaster movie fad, I think, so it's interesting to watch anyway.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2010
    The best cast imaginable, a plot that is fresh and enjoyable, and sequences that couldn't be less comparable to any other film.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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