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Airport ’77

Charlton Heston either busy elsewhere or exhausted from earthquakes, World War II and previous aerial disasters, Jack Lemmon assumed the Noah lead in Airport '77. This time around, a giant private jet gets hijacked and crashes off the Florida coast.

With:
Jack Lemmon Lee Grant Brenda Vaccaro Joseph Cotten Olivia de Havilland James Stewart

Charlton Heston either busy elsewhere or exhausted from earthquakes, World War II and previous aerial disasters, Jack Lemmon assumed the Noah lead in Airport ’77. This time around, a giant private jet gets hijacked and crashes off the Florida coast.

The story’s formula banality is credible most of the time and there’s some good actual US Navy search and rescue procedure interjected in the plot.

The story peg here [by H.A.L. Craig and Charles Kuenstle] has James Stewart, billionaire who has converted his home to museum status, loading his private plane with priceless paintings and a broader quality of people for a junket to the estate. However, Lemmon’s copilot Robert Foxworth has joined with Monte Markham and Michael Pataki to hijack the plane for the artwork.

1977: Nominations: Best Costume Design, Art Direction

Airport '77

Production: Universal. Director Jerry Jameson; Producer William Frye; Writer Michael Scheff, David Spector; Camera Philip Lathrop Editor J. Terry Williams, Robert Watts; Music John Cacavas Art George C. Webb

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 113 MIN.

With: Jack Lemmon Lee Grant Brenda Vaccaro Joseph Cotten Olivia de Havilland James Stewart

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