Airport (1970)

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A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved.


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1 September 2000 | tfrizzell
The Original Disaster Flick
"Airport" is an impressive disaster epic that rises high above the ground due to its characters. Every key player adds to the plot and that fact makes "Airport" a very good film from a great decade of movies. Oscar-winner Helen Hayes, in particular, dominates when she appears on the screen. Unfortunately this film would spawn one of the most trivial genres in the history of the cinema. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Based on actual events. The first domestic terrorism incident involving a passenger plane was when Continental Airlines Flight #11 from O'Hare (Chicago, IL) to Kansas City (MO) blew up over the Iowa and Missouri towns of Centerville and Unionville on may 22, 1962. The bomber's name was Thomas Doty, Jr., who lived in a Kansas City suburb.


Joe Patroni: I'll be back in time if I have to pull that plane out with my teeth!


When the nerdy kid remarks to Captain Demerest that he's seen a change in course because he sees different stars outside his window there is no possible way to observe stars from the interior of an aircraft unless it is totally dark. The movie aircraft is brightly lit within.

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TV prints and early videotape pan and scan versions have alterations beyond simple pan and scan. On some of the multi image scenes, instead of panning to the image best serving the scene, they substitute a full screen version of that segment that was originally part of the multi image shot. Like the scene where Burt Lancaster is talking to his wife and 2 daughters all at once. The theatrical version(and present wide screen DVD) maintained images of his wife, him and both daughters separately(recent pan and scan editions temporarily letterbox or otherwise modify the theatrical composition). On the early TV and video versions, only the person talking is seen in a full screen shot used for that multi image shot(showing more image information then when it was composed as part of the theatrical multi image shot). Also, on the split screen shot of Dean Martin in a cab and Jackie Bisset getting out of the shower, the split screen is recomposed for 4:3, cropping each image to better fit.


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