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The Concorde – Airport ’79

Unintentional comedy still seems the Airport series' forte, although excellent special effects work, and some decent dramatics help Concorde take off.

With:
Alain Delon Susan Blakely Robert Wagner Sylvia Kristel George Kennedy Eddie Albert

Unintentional comedy still seems the Airport series’ forte, although excellent special effects work, and some decent dramatics help Concorde take off.

This time out [story by Jennings Lang], the title entity is pursued by a dogged electronic missile, avoids an attack by a French fighter jet, barely makes a runway landing with no brakes, suffers a lost cargo door that rips open the bottom of the plane, manages a crash landing in an Alpine snow bank, and explodes just as its chic passengers disembark. That’s all just part of a couple of days’ work for pilots George Kennedy, Alain Delon and flight engineer David Warner.

Concorde does feature some better-than-average thesping from Delon, who survives the transition to American pix surprisingly well.

The Concorde - Airport '79

Production: Universal. Director David Lowell Rich; Producer Jennings Lang; Screenplay Eric Roth.

Crew: Camera Philip Lathrop; Editor Dorothy Spencer; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director Henry Bumstead. (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 123 MIN.

With: Alain Delon Susan Blakely Robert Wagner Sylvia Kristel George Kennedy Eddie Albert

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