Review: ‘Airport’

Based on the novel by Arthur Hailey, over-produced by Ross Hunter with a cast of stars as long as a jet runway, and adapted and directed by George Seaton in a glossy, slick style, Airport is a handsome, often dramatically involving $10 million epitaph to a bygone brand of filmmaking.

Based on the novel by Arthur Hailey, over-produced by Ross Hunter with a cast of stars as long as a jet runway, and adapted and directed by George Seaton in a glossy, slick style, 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 jet liner 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.

As the cigar chomping, bull boss of the maintenance men, George Kennedy gives a strong portrayal. But here again there’s not a moment of plot doubt that he is going to get that stuck plane cleared off the runway in time for the emergency landing.

1970: Best Supp. Actress (Helen Hayes).

Nominations: Best Picture, Supp Actress (Maureen Stapleton),Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Art Direction, Editing, Original Score, Sound

Airport

Production

Universal. Director George Seaton; Producer Ross Hunter; Writer George Seaton; Camera Ernest Laszlo Editor Stuart Gilmore; Music Alfred Newman Art Alexander Golitzen, Preston Ames

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 137 MIN.

With

Burt Lancaster Dean Martin Jean Seberg Jacqueline Bisset George Kennedy Helen Hayes
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