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Fasten your seatbelts for Airport

Danger in the air as a bomb, a mid-air collision, an ocean crash-landing and a missile attack bring all kinds of trouble.

Airport.
Airport, not Airplane!

THE PITCH?

Danger in the air as a bomb, a mid-air collision, an ocean crash-landing and a missile attack bring all kinds of trouble to 1970s air travellers.


And you thought today’s commercial flights were fraught with difficulty due to Covid-19 or because you had to leave your moisturiser at security?

THAT TRANSLATES INTO?



Airport (1970)


The movie that started the whole 1970s disaster-movie cycle.


Up in the air, Captain Dean Martin (cool!) and stewardess Jacqueline Bisset flirt over the in-flight meals while, on the ground, Burt Lancaster butches it up as a snowstorm closes down his airport.


An exploding bomb on Martin’s very bright and shiny 707 brings them all together in a fraught "Will they, won’t they crash?" finale.


Actually quite gripping, though very, very long, and actually won an Oscar, don’t you know.



Airport 1975 (1975)


A little plane crashes into a much bigger plane (a Boeing 747, photographed here with such loving care that the movie is practically a commercial for the thing), leaving cross-eyed stewardess Karen Black to bring the big bird down.


Charlton Heston is in the Burt Lancaster role, Helen Reddy plays a singing nun (yes!) and it’s all rather exciting.


If ridiculous.


Funnier than Airplane!, which is essentially a pretty affectionate partial reimagining of this movie and camp classic Zero Hour!



Airport '77 (1977)


Another 747 filled with businessmen on a private party collides with an oil rig and goes to the bottom of the ocean. Will the survivors be found in time? Will some of them drown?


In this slow, slow movie do we really care?


No.