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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
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)

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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • 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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