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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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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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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jerry Jameson directed a similar sunken-vehicle high-concept movie, Raise the Titanic (1980). Instead of raising a sunken 747 airplane from underwater, it was the R.M.S. Titanic. This movie was box-office hit, and Raise the Titanic (1980) was a huge box-office flop. See more »

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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 »

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Steve: Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
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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

In deleted scenes shown in the television version, Brian Morrison appears again for the second time as Joseph Patroni, Jr, having previously been seen on-screen as Joe Jr. in the theatrical version of Airport 1975, and later appearing as Joe Jr. in deleted scenes shown in the television version of The Concorde: Airport '79. See more »

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Surprisingly appealing rescue movie...
12 August 2007 | by dwpollarSee all my reviews

1st watched 8/12/2007 - 6 out of 10(Dir-Jerry Jameson): Surprisingly appealing rescue movie despite some of the silly characterizations and typical goofiness that tends to accompany these type of movies. The thing that the movie does well is hold your attention to the very end. You genuinely care for some of the characters involved primarily because of the good acting by leads like Jack Lemmon, who plays the pilot in this one. The danger also seems very real all the way up to the end which adds to it's believability. The movie starts setting up the story as an airline president and master collector, played by Jimmie Stewart, is promoting the opening of a museum and a new plane that will be sent down to the island paradise with his very special guests. Included on the plane are his daughter and grandson, whom he has not seen for a very long time. A small group including one of the co-pilots decide to capture the plane while it's airborne, putting the passengers to sleep, in hopes to take it's valuables and run off to South America. Their plan goes awry when the pilot crashes in a shallow part of the ocean(wherever that might be) in the Bermuda triangle. The rest of the movie is an underwater rescue movie as the plane drifts to the shallow bottom. There are the usual stupid moments, like allowing the pilot to go nuts but the women passengers can't for some reason, and the attempt to save the plane in-tact with the people is a little far-fetched. These are the moments that get you talking to the screen. But despite this, the overall effect of the movie is satisfying which I honestly didn't expect because these movies usually don't appeal to me. I really think that the strong presence of the believable hero in Jack Lemmon as the pilot really helped the movie become a little more than the typical disaster movie for me.


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