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½ July 27, 2017
The film that kicked off the disaster genre of the 70's thanks to its critical and commercial success at the time while also setting the template for how the characters and plot were setup for better or for worse. It has a solid cast, a good score, I like the whole insight into the running of an airport, the whole disaster part is well played out and it is generally entertaining thanks to its campy tone and engrossing enough plot.
½ July 25, 2017
For the movie that inspired Airplane it's really not that bad. There's only a paper thin plot here. Mostly it's just a chance to show us life at an airport on a somewhat hectic day. As a slice-of-life drama it works well. As a thriller it's a bit less successful. Still well worth the watch.
March 5, 2017
Back When Smoking On An Airliner Was Totally Legal..With Health Affects To Others Not A Concern Back Then, No Wonder Passengers Could Visit The Cockpit, Stow-Away On Flights As Well As Madmen With Bombs. Thankful Times Have Changed, But It Took Many Years (Decades) Before We Finally Turned The Corner. For A Disaster Drama, As Was The Style Of The Time, This Takes A Larzafare Approach, Seeming Almost 'Brady Bunch' In The Script Delivery...Which Is Comic In Parts, But Still Entertaining In A Sunday-Matinee Kinda Way.
December 26, 2016
After a slow start, this beautifully directed film sets the template for disaster movies of the next 10 years. A terrific cast help get you through the dull bits!
½ January 5, 2016
Credit for spawning/popularizing the genre, few weaknesses but it's entertaining.
August 25, 2015
The film that birthed the 'disaster film' genre which permeated the 1970s.
A star-studded; bland and rambling mess, fraught with stock cliche characters, dialogue, and plot devices.
May 9, 2015
Starring Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bissett, Helen Hayes and Van Heflin. Overblown but immensely entertaining story of the intertwined lives of the employees at a major urban airport as they each deal with emotional baggage -- the 'carry-ons' of their personal lives. Lancaster heads the all-star cast as an overworked airport manager dealing with the end of his marriage and a bad blizzard on the same evening. Martin is flying a plane on which a passenger is crazed bomber Van Heflin in his last film. Helen Hayes deservedly won an Oscar as a mischievous seventy-year-old stowaway. Based on Arthur Hailey's best-selling 1968 novel and directed by George Seaton.
½ April 20, 2015
The original disaster movie that you probably haven't seen! Yup, this is the one that started it all, before Earthquake, Airport '77, The Poseidon Adventure, and all those other 70's disaster films. Pretty engaging yet overly dramatic, interesting all-star cast keeps you interested & watching.
April 12, 2015
one of the best of the flock of disaster pics from the likes of Irwin allen.
March 5, 2015
Directionless, a cast and score that belong in 1940 more than 1970, structure's bad, probably the best thing about this movie is the dialogue, and that's just occasionally charming.
½ January 18, 2015
Una de las peores películas de desastres.
December 14, 2014
** (out of four)

One of my least favorite films to ever be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Awards. Based on the best selling book, "Airport" is one of the first of the disaster movies that started in the 1970's.

An all-star cast, including Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, and Oscar winning perforamnace for Helen Hayes, live through a disaster centering around a midwest airport.
December 6, 2014
Every five years or so, I seem to find myself rewatching the old star-filled disaster films of the 1970s and 1980s. Towering Inferno and Poseidon Adventure are always my two faves.

Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean Seberg, George Kennedy and Gary Collins all star in the first Airport film, based on the novel by Arthur Haley (Roots).

It's about a aircraft held hostage by an unstable bomber. The movie is extremely dated but it did pave the way for 2 superior sequels and one not so much. 3 out of 5 So Says the Soothsayer.
½ September 20, 2014
Well folks, if you want to blame the disaster film genre on at least one film, then you kind of have to start with Airport. Not only did it jump start the genre, it also was the basis for what is considered to be one of the greatest comedies ever made: Airplane. Airport succeeds as its own entertainment with a fine cast, which includes Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, and Maureen Stapleton. The movie is probably one of the best in the genre, and is actually kind of effective, but that effectiveness comes at a great cost because the film is entirely too long. Most of the film is spent with the characters before the flight actually takes place, and it goes on for a very long time, setting up too many things that never all entirely pay off or matter that much, really. I don't mind characters or the time it takes to set them up, but we're here to watch a disaster movie and it takes a long time before the disaster happens. That aside, it's still an entertaining movie, despite being very dated and overly long.
September 16, 2014
"Airport" es una cinta decente acerca de un inminente desastre aéreo, apoyada con un reparto decente de actores, entre los que se destacan Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster y Helen Hayes. Tuvo varias secuelas de calidad irregular.
½ February 8, 2014
Old fashion, alluring trashy flick and any film with Dean Martin as the pilot has got some guts.
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½ February 5, 2014
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.
½ February 1, 2014
Tepid thriller. Unlike the slam bang movies of today, this one takes time to build. You actually care about the characters. You even understand the bomber's desperation. Highly recommend it if you can watch a story and characters build. Great music score.
I own this DVD.
January 5, 2014
Airport is an excellent film. It is about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved. Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin give remarkable performances. The screenplay is well written. George Seaton and Henry Hathaway did great jobs directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Airport is a must see.
½ December 23, 2013
Rather slow and stately for a "thriller". Incorporates some New Hollywood technique with Golden Age plotlines and ideology. Die Hard 2 owes its existence to this film, as do countless other star-laden disaster films.
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