Airport '77


Airport '77

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You want reality, get on a bus. You want elaborate, big-budgeted escapism, watch Airport '77. Let's see...we've already had the "bomb or board" plot (Airport) and the "stewardess takes over the controls" bit (Airport '75). That still leaves us the "plane crashes into the ocean" routine. Better still: the 747 is submerged 50 feet into the ocean, but the passengers are still alive and must be rescued before the oxygen supply ran out. Complicating matters are pair of criminals who'd rather there be no survivors. All-star roll call! Sound off now! Jack Lemmon as the pilot, James Stewart as a billionaire art fancier transporting his priceless paintings on the 747, Christopher Lee and Lee Grant as a famed oceanographer and his alcoholic wife (there's always at least one boozer on board), Joseph Cotten as Grant's lover, Olivia de Havilland as an art collector, plane designer Darren McGavin, and George Kennedy as the same guy he played in the first two Airports. While Airport '77 made less at the box office than its two predecessors, it was still profitable enough to spawn yet another sequel: The Concorde: Airport '79.

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Jack Lemmon
as Capt. Don Gallagher
Lee Grant
as Karen Wallace
Brenda Vaccaro
as Eve Clayton
Joseph Cotten
as Nicholas St. Downs III
Olivia de Havilland
as Emily Livingston
Darren McGavin
as Stan Buchek
Christopher Lee
as Martin Wallace
James Stewart
as Philip Stevens
George Kennedy
as Joe Patroni
Gil Gerard
as Frank Powers
James Booth
as Ralph Crawford
Maide Norman
as Dorothy
Arlene Golonka
as Mrs. Stern
M. Emmet Walsh
as Dr. Williams
Peter Fox
as Lieutenant Tommy Norris
Richard Venture
as Cmdr. Gray
Chris Lemmon
as Radioman
Tom Rosqui
as Hunter
Paul Tuerpé
as Officer of the Deck
Arthur Adams
as Commander Reed
Ron Burke
as Passenger
Peter Greene
as Frogman #1
John Kerry
as Lieutenant Commander
Janet Brady
as Passenger
Elizabeth Cheshire
as Bonnie Stern
James Arnett
as Passenger
Mary Nancy Burnett
as Radar Room Controller
Beverly Gill
as Stewardess #3
Rickie Sorenson
as Controller #2
Bill Jelliffe
as Controller #1
George Whiteman
as Passenger
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Critic Reviews for Airport '77

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

  • I mean, whadaya gonna say? It's not Wertmuller? You've got to take these things on their own level, and they've finally made one 30 feet under.

    Jul 2, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I don't know why anybody flies anymore, what with Airport, Airport 75, and now Airport 77 informing us, with unvarying formularized precision that unless we're big movie stars, we may never get to our destinations.

    Jul 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Airport '77 sounds like it would be the dopiest of them all, but it's actually not bad, thanks to a surprisingly strong cast and a tendency to avoid any camp.

    Jul 9, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This trashy adventure-melodrama is the second in the film series that began in 1970.

    Jun 22, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Please ground all future Airport movies. The first was fine, and enough.

    Feb 23, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • The sequels got progressively sillier, but the body counts are still fun to tally.

    Apr 3, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Airport '77

  • Sep 28, 2012
    Third film in the series departs from the first two films and offers something new. The plot works well enough to keep you interested from start to finish, and though it's nothing special, it's actually an improvement over the previous films. However like the first two in the series, this entry still has its limitations. Despite its good plot, and its effort to try something different, the film's script suffers from underdeveloped writing. However the cast here are good and it is one of the best casts in any Airport films. I really enjoyed the film, and this is the perfect little thriller to watch if you're looking for mindless entertainment. But like every other film in the series, don't expect a superb film, and you're sure to enjoy it. I thought this was an underrated entry in the series and because it departs from the first two films, it does something new and exciting. As a disaster flick, this third film works well, and along with the first film in the franchise, I'd have to say this is the best one. However, all of the entries have their strengths and weaknesses. As a third film usually is one of the worst films in the series, this is not the case with Airport '77 is a good film filled with suspense, thrills and has you hooked from start to finish. Disaster films of the 70's were meant as pure popcorn flicks, silly, yet very enjoyable. If you enjoyed the first two films, check this one out. Despite its flaws, this one is good due to good performances from the cast that are good in their roles, and make the film what it is.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2011
    Another airport disaster film, if I remember right this was interesting as it dealt with a plane that had crashed and was deep underwater in the ocean. Quite an intriguing film as they try to problem solve how to save the passengers.
    Dean K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2011
    This movie follows the same formula as the other airport movies, but I think it has the most stars yet of the series. It's rather slow going, but the ending is pretty cool (until they remind you that it's not a real story, which was stupid). Overall, it's just okay.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2009
    Not up to par with the original Airport or even Airport 1975. The storyline weakens (guess airport security was pretty lax in those days). How a 747 can crash land in the water and stay in one piece and THEN only sinks 100 feet or so in the bermuda triangle off the Atlantic Ocean is unplausible, but one has to suspend belief I guess! Jack Lemon is no Dean Martin (or Charlton Heston for that matter). A weaker "all-star" cast than the original, this story does have some suspense to it if you can simply disregard the obvious holes in this catostraphic scenario. An ok watch only...
    alan j Super Reviewer

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