A star-studded; bland and rambling mess, fraught with stock cliche characters, dialogue, and plot devices.
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.
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.
I own this DVD.
This one isn't a bad story but it takes a while to warm but once it's up in the air the film gets much better.
This boasts an all star cast & no film in the seventies is complete with George Kennedy he is a riot in this film so entertaining to watch.
Filled with some tense scenes & classic practical special effects it's a fun watch but a little dated.
It attempts to create characters that you care about and drama for them that would matter to you, but it ends up causing Airport to run through 80 minutes of silly plot dynamics that are not important.
When the explosion happened, the drama surrounding that lasted about 5 minutes and nothing else in relation to that happened, so the disaster theme in Airport is minimal.
Airport isn't even as cheesy as it could have been, and the lack of exterior shots of the airplane isn't such a problem, but if they had some it would have been cool.
Airport isn't a film i officially hate, but its misleading to suggest that this is a disaster film because it's much more of an ensemble drama. The problem is though, it doesn't work neither as an ensemble drama nor a disaster film.
It's overly long, slow paced and boring. Even the explosion was mute and left nothing to the imagination. Maybe it was much more shocking 42 years ago. But right now it's unnecessarily long. It isn't specifically dislikeable, but it isn't very enjoyable.
I guess if there's any praise i could give, it would be to Helen Hayes as a convincing manipulative little old woman, and the hilarious George Kennedy in his great role as Joe Patroni. I really liked his character because of his hilarious dialogue and his take-charge attitude. Airport also had fairly good production values and was possible to sit through without getting massively bored, although I did get bored it wasn't to the extent that wanted to turn it off. Airport must have had a good influence on the disaster genre, though I fail to see why, but I'm glad it did. I wouldn't mind checking out the sequels sometime.