Release year: 1970
Director: George Seaton, Henry Hathaway
Starring: Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Van Haflin, Maureen Stapleton
Ratings: 1 Oscar: Best Supporting Actress (Helen Hayes). 9 Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Maureen Stapleton), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score. 1 Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress (Maureen Stapleton). 3 Golden Globe nominations: Best Picture Drama, Best Supporting Actor (George Kennedy), Best Original Score.
Moviegeek Sunday Classic #232, week 48 2018
The personnel at Lincoln Airport struggles to keep everything running smooth during an exceptional bad snowstorm. But they will soon discover they have worse problems than delays, blocked runways and stowaways.
1970s what a great decade for disaster movies. The Towering Inferno (1974), The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and Earthquake (1974) to name some of the most known and of course, this air disaster movie, which spawned three sequels. As with the other movies named, this one shows a cast of some of the greatest of its time, with Martin (Ocean’s Eleven, 1960), Lancaster (From Here to Eternity, 1953), Bisset (Bullitt, 1968) and Kennedy (Cool Hand Luke, 1967) the biggest names, Airport is much more than a disaster movie, with the greater part of the movie showing the everyday complications of running an airport, amplified by the snowstorm. Here the great talent in the cast comes in handy, with the small dramas played out brilliantly, keeping you entertained right up to the tense last part of the movie. Especially following Seberg’s (Jeanne d’Arc, 1957) customer relation agent is entertaining, not at least when a terrific Hayes (A Farewell to Arms, 1932) appears as the charming and manipulating stowaway lady. Other story-lines worth mentioning is that of Martin’s charming pilot and Kennedy’s struggles with the plane blocking the runway. There is plenty drama going on to keep your attention before the climatic last part truly grips you and holds you on the edge of your seat. A brilliantly performed human drama and well-functioning disaster movie, Airport is still worth your time.
This was the beginning of the golden age of disaster movies which was the 1970s.
The movie had three sequels. George Kennedy is the only one to appear in all four movies with his character Joe Patroni.
Patty Poulsen, who plays the stewardess Joan aboard the ‘Golden Argosy’ was a stewardess for American Airlines. She was the winner of a stewardess beauty contest in which one of the prizes was a role in this film.
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