Airport (1970) Movie Data
Airport (1970) is Action Drama Thriller Genres film which released in 1970.
This movie has 2h 17min duration and good rating around 6.6 star from 13,796 movie mania. Very good!
Airport (1970) Short Storyline
A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.
Actor Actress behind Airport (1970) Movie
Burt Lancaster,Dean Martin,George Kennedy
Director: George Seaton
Writer: Arthur Hailey
Airport (1970) REVIEW
Watching AIRPORT today is like watching a parody of the film because of all of the spinoffs that followed, including the hilarious AIRPLANE! And sometimes you have to wonder about the humor–especially the scene where the priest slaps a hysterical man across the aisle without even a glance at him. But the sub-plots (and there are quite a few) hold together very well and at the center of all the suspense is a humorous plot involving a little old lady stowaway (Helen Hayes). Her interrogation scene with Jean Seberg is priceless and all the way through she shows a remarkable talent for scene-stealing. It’s hard to watch anyone else when she’s going through her paces.The suspense build-up is slow but steady once the plane takes off in a snowstorm–and by the way, the snow effects are very realistic for a change–almost as though the film was shot in a real blizzard, which it probably wasn’t.This is well played by the entire cast–with the exception of Dean Martin who looks too casual even when the plane is making a final, desperate landing. He never gets inside his role as a pilot. Burt Lancaster doesn’t do much with his character either–but everyone else shines. Maureen Stapleton is touching as the worried wife of the bomber (Van Heflin). Heflin was in his last film role here, looking rather flabby and worn but good as the paranoid bomber. Too bad that two of the male leads gave less than adequate performances. It would have helped considerably to make us believe more in the overall tale. By today’s standards, the film looks dated and a bit overwrought almost to the point of comic foolishness–but that’s what we get for seeing all the subsequent ‘Airport’ films.
Airport (1970) PLOT STORY
This precursor to later “epic” 70’s disaster films illustrates 12 hours in the lives of the personnel and passengers at the “Lincoln Airport.” Endless problems, professional and personal, are thrown at the various personnel responsible for the safe and proper administration of air traffic, airline management and aviation at a major US airport. Take one severe snowstorm, add multiple schedules gone awry, one elderly Trans Global Airlines stowaway, shortages, an aging, meretricious pilot, unreasonable, peevish spouses, manpower issues, fuel problems, frozen runways and equipment malfunctions and you get just a sample of the obstacles faced by weary, disgruntled personnel and passengers at the Lincoln Airport. Toss in one long-suffering pilot’s wife, several stubborn men, office politics and romance and one passenger with a bomb and you have the film “Airport” from 1970.
Mel Bakersfeld is the hard-charging manager of Lincoln International Airport, trying to keep his airport open despite a raging Midwestern snowstorm and an angry wife. Meanwhile, his antagonistic brother-in-law, Vernon Demerest, may have his plans for a placid layover in Italy disturbed by unexpected news from Gwen Meighen, and by the plans of D.O. Guerrero, the loose cannon on board.
Arthur Haley’s bestselling novel brought to the screen. A midwestern U.S. hub airport struggles to remain open despite the worst snowstorm in 25 years, angry homeowners from a nearby housing tract and pilots refusing to obey noise abatement rules during the storm. Mel Bakersfield is the airport manager who must not only fight the weather and the home owners but his pilot/playboy brother-in-law, his divorce seeking wife, a deranged man with a bomb, a plane stuck in the mud and blocking the main runway, a little old lady stowaway and the airport commissioners. A very accurate, for its time, depiction of the day-to-day goings on at a busy airport– with some extra high drama thrown in for seasoning.
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