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.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Universal Pictures

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Cast

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

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

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

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

April 2, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

It spawned a sub-genre, but it was old-fashioned when it was new.

May 20, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Airport

½

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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