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Airport 1975 (1974)

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A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

Arthur Hailey (novel), Don Ingalls
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Alan Murdock
Karen Black ... Nancy Pryor
George Kennedy ... Joe Patroni
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Captain Stacy
Susan Clark ... Helen Patroni
Helen Reddy ... Sister Ruth
Linda Blair ... Janice Abbott
Dana Andrews ... Scott Freeman
Roy Thinnes ... Urias
Sid Caesar ... Barney
Myrna Loy ... Mrs. Devaney
Ed Nelson ... Major John Alexander
Nancy Olson ... Mrs. Abbott
Larry Storch ... Glenn Purcell
Martha Scott ... Sister Beatrice
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Storyline

When the pilot of a small aircraft has a heart attack and crashes his plane into the cockpit of a Boeing 747, several members of the flight crew are killed and the pilot is blinded. Miraculously, the 747 stays in the air on auto-pilot with flight attendant Nancy Prior at the controls. Ground controllers, including her boyfriend Alan Murdock, try to teach her the basics but they soon realize they will have to get a trained pilot into the cockpit. Their first attempt fails and Murdock realizes he will have to do it. Meanwhile, various passengers have their own problems including a young girl who is destined to a life saving operation. Written by garykmcd

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An all new motion picture inspired by the film AIRPORT based on the novel by Arthur Hailey! See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aeropuerto 1975 See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Murdock's (Charlton Heston's) office, there is a photo of a DC-10 taking off. The co-pilot flying the plane in the photo was David Slater, father of former Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Kelly tells Janice Abbott's doctor that he has gotten the ambulance special clearance through Gate 4. That means that the ambulance would access the airport field about two miles south of the airport terminal directly from Route 28 - a road that runs North/South parallel to the airport. In a later scene, we see the ambulance stuck in a traffic jam turning south off of East Service Road about a mile North of the Dulles main terminal. A vehicle entering the airport through Gate 4 would have absolutely no business being anywhere near East Service Road. See more »

Quotes

Bill: This thing will never get off the ground. Never fly. Take my word for it.
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Bill: Wiley Post?
Gloria Swanson: [Chuckles] No. Cecil B. De Mille and we flew from Hollywood nonstop to Pasadena. Yes, and on the way home we did loop the loops so I could see the moon upside down.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Best Friend
Lyrics and Music by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton (as R. Burton)
Sung by Helen Reddy
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Routine melodrama, ripe for parody
10 January 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

AIRPORT 1975

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)

Sound format: Mono

A terrified stewardess (Karen Black) is forced to take the controls of a Boeing 747 after it's struck by a private aircraft in mid-flight, incapacitating the entire air crew.

Anyone who's seen the likes of AIRPLANE! (1980) is going to chuckle in all the wrong places whilst viewing this opportunistic melodrama, which was ripe for parody long before the Zucker brothers tore it apart in their landmark comedy. On its own terms, Jack Smight's film - devised in the wake of such ultra-successful disaster spectaculars as THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972) and THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974) - is a surprisingly routine affair, directed with complete indifference, and played to the hilt by a commercially-dictated 'all-star cast', including Helen Reddy, Gloria Swanson (her final screen appearance), Linda Blair, Dana Andrews, Sid Caesar, Myrna Loy and Charlton Heston as an experienced pilot summoned by authorities to help land the plane safely. Black gives a truly committed performance as the frightened stewardess forced to confront the situation head-on, and she's matched by disaster-movie stalwart George Kennedy as a flight engineer charged with overseeing the rescue operation, knowing that his wife and child are aboard the stricken plane. As with all Universal movies of the period, it looks like a widescreen TV feature, and the cheapskate production values are obvious throughout. That said, it's much more entertaining than its mediocre predecessor AIRPORT (1969); followed by AIRPORT '77 (1977).


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