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Airport

G Released Apr 5, 1970 2h 17m Mystery & Thriller List
75% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 54% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings
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. Read More Read Less
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Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times On some dumb fundamental level, Airport kept me interested for a couple of hours. I can't quite remember why. Rated: 2/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a deliberate yet mostly engaging endeavor... Rated: 3/4 Jul 9, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing Yes, it may be junk, but it's irresistible junk, like cotton candy, chicken nuggets or Gilligan's Island reruns. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 13, 2012 Full Review Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight Before there was Airplane! there was Airport, a surprisingly engaging disaster drama that ignited a trend. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 15, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews If it weren't for a mad bomber story line, it would be the perfect empty movie for airlines to show on long flights. Rated: C Aug 7, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com One of the most embarrassing films to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, Airport is a trashy flick that began a cycle of commercially successful disaster movies; its spoof Airplane is far more enjoyable. Rated: C Dec 18, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Dean W A good terrorist disaster movie that started a trend in the 70's, the best of which was the Ppseidon Adventure. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/01/24 Full Review Alec B Truly baffled this was a massive hit that inspired a whole series of movies. Its just so boring and uninspired. The great cast is wasted here. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/24 Full Review Donald S The movie doesn't hold up in a past 9/11 world. The acting was solid but there was just a lot of stories lines. yes they all got wrapped up by the end but it made the movie feel a little messy Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/03/23 Full Review Timothy D Airport has a lot going on, and that may be it's biggest weakness. The individual storylines of what is happening that night are all worthy of attention, but although they are parallel, they don't feel quite connected. That makes the film more forgettable than it deserves. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/08/23 Full Review Georgan G Great-great grandmother of disaster flicks, Airport was more modern that I expected. A large cast of excellent actors along with a pretty well written script meant that what I feared would be too long was just about right. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/21/23 Full Review Robert C Sooooooooo dragged out. Ridiculous ending. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 06/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis 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.
Director
George Seaton
Producer
Ross Hunter
Screenwriter
George Seaton
Distributor
Universal Pictures
Production Co
Universal/Universal Int
Rating
G
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 5, 1970, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 1, 2014
Runtime
2h 17m
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