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Airport '77 (1977)

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Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.

Director:

Jerry Jameson

Writers:

Arthur Hailey (novel), Michael Scheff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Don Gallagher
Lee Grant ... Karen Wallace
Brenda Vaccaro ... Eve Clayton
Joseph Cotten ... Nicholas St. Downs III
Olivia de Havilland ... Emily Livingston
Darren McGavin ... Stan Buchek
Christopher Lee ... Martin Wallace
Robert Foxworth ... Chambers
Robert Hooks ... Eddie
Monte Markham ... Banker
Kathleen Quinlan ... Julie
Gil Gerard ... Frank Powers
James Booth James Booth ... Ralph Crawford
Monica Lewis ... Anne
Maidie Norman ... Dorothy
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Storyline

Mr. Phillip Stevens is flying in a load of V.I.P.s to the grand opening of his art collection when a trio of hijackers knock out the passengers with gas and try to steal the priceless cargo of art treasures. But everything goes wrong for the hijackers when the 747 crashes in the Bermuda triangle. While the passengers remain alive in the shallow water, a daring rescue operation is planned to bring the plane up without breaking it in two. Written by Adam Carpenter <encenoman@hotmail.com>

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Flight 23 has crashed in the Bermuda Triangle... passengers still alive, trapped underwater... See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

11 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Airport 1977 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of several collaborations of Director Jerry Jameson and Michael Pataki, The Bat People (1974) being another. See more »

Goofs

After hitting the offshore oil rig, the outer starboard engine (#4) is shown failing and taking fire. However, in the cockpit, Engine #3 (inner starboard engine) is shown failing with a skyrocketing EGT indicator (exhaust gas temperature), yet Engine #4's fuel cut-off and fire extinguishers are operated by the pilot. See more »

Quotes

Philip Stevens: Benji, I'm your Grandpa.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, this text appears. "The incident portrayed in the film is fictional; the rescue capabilities utilized by the Navy are real". See more »

Alternate Versions

Versions seen on UK television omit the scene where Lee Grant looks out the window of the plane and sees her husband Martin Wallace (Christopher Lee), floating dead in the water. See more »


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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Composed and sung by Tom Sullivan
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Classiest cast of the "Airport" sequels and most serious.
30 March 2000 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

Landing after the TV sitcom-level cast/plot of "Airport 1975", but arriving before the ludicrous "The Concorde-Airport '79" is this slick disaster film entry. Featuring Oscar-winning and nominated stars like Lemmon, Grant, de Havilland, Quinlan, Kennedy and Stewart, it also offers one of the best caliber casts of the '70's disaster cycle. There is no deep thinking involved in watching the film, but it does offer some watery thrills and some fun thrashing around as the plane first skips along the surface of the water and then slips under. Suspense builds as the pressure continues to wreak havoc on the plane's outer skin and, unusually for an "Airport" film, pretty many lives are claimed! The death toll in this film is higher than the other three combined. It's great to see so many once and future stars flopping around in the underwater tomb, but the main attraction is Lee Grant. Clocking in with only about a dozen or so total minutes of screen time, she is utterly hilarious and unforgettable as a shrewish, boozy, sarcastic lush. No one is safe from her rude, brash comments and she is a joy to behold for bad-move connoisseurs. Her husband in the film is Christpher Lee. Fortunately, they didn't marry offscreen or she would have become Lee Lee, but that's another story.......


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