• Airport (1970)

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Release Date: 1970

DVD Release Date: May 1st, 2001

G |2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary

In this large-ensemble disaster movie, Mel Bakersfeld (Burt Lancaster), the general manager of a Chicago-area airport, must contend with a massive snowstorm and other issues, both work-related and personal, while the troubled D.O. Guerrero (Van Heflin) threatens to blow up an airliner. As pilot Vernon Demerest (Dean Martin) attempts to calm Guerrero down and dissuade him from setting off explosives on the plane, tensions increase in the air and on the ground, and danger is imminent.

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Jean Seberg, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton

Director: George Seaton

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Universal/Universal Int

Keywords: Rescue, Emotional, Tense, Suspenseful, 1970s, Melodramatic, Quest, Wife

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Vincent CanbyThe New York Times

    Airport, the film version of Arthur Hailey's novel, is the sort of movie most people mean when they say Hollywood doesn't make movies the way it used to. This isn't just because Airport resembles any number of old Grand Hotel movies. Rather it's because it evokes our nostalgic feelings, not only for the innocence of old movies but also for the innocent old times in which we saw them. show more

  • 50

    Airport is a handsome, often dramatically involving $10-million epitaph to a bygone brand of filmmaking. However, the ultimate dramatic situation of a passenger loaded jetliner with a psychopathic bomber aboard that has to be brought into a blizzard-swept airport with runway blocked by a snow-stalled plane actually does not create suspense because the audience knows how it's going to end.

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    On some dumb fundamental level, Airport kept me interested for a couple of hours. I can't quite remember why. The plot has few surprises (you know and I know that no airplane piloted by Dean Martin ever crashed). The gags are painfully simpleminded (a priest, pretending to cross himself, whacks a wise guy across the face). And the characters talk in regulation B-movie clich├ęs like no B-movie you've seen in ten years. show more

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