Airport '77 (1977)

PG   |    |  Action, Drama, Thriller


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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.


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23 August 2006 | boyinflares
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| One of the better disaster films!
Following the not-so-spectacular "Airport 1975" comes "Airport '77" which is a welcome addition to the Disaster Movie genre. In typical "Airport" fashion, a routine plane ride, this time carrying various celebrities and other high-profile people, gets into some trouble when it crashes into the ocean in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle....

Though the decor of the flash plane filled with VIP's is dreary compared to the fabulous colours of the chairs in "Airport 1975", the characters are a major improvement, along with the actual danger that the passengers and crew are placed in.

In typical Disaster Movie style, the cast is large, and many of them are forgettable, however, stand-out performances in "Airport '77" include Jack Lemmon in a serious role as the likable Captain Gallagher, Lee Grant is Karen Wallace a VIP guest of the nasty variety, the underrated Pamela Bellwood as a young mother, the lovely Kathleen Quinlann is as usual outstanding, but unfortunately under-used here, but the stand-out star of the film is of course Brenda Vaccaro as Captain Gallagher's girlfriend Even Clayton. Vaccaro is certainly one of the better leading ladies in a Disaster Movie, but is also a surprising choice. Nevertheless, she is fantastic, it is a shame she is not more recognized for her work.

Overall, "Airport '77" is a terrific, and often overlooked addition to the genre, with a super cast, great direction, and a very interesting scene in which the plane is raised from the ocean, according to the credits, this is the actual method used by the Navy, which is a nice addition to the film.

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Trivia

Along with the other Airport films, Airport '77 is one of a flurry of disaster films with A-list actors. The most prominent of the genre are The Towering Inferno (1974), Earthquake (1974) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).


Quotes

Martin Wallace: I want to harvest the sea for food and save millions of people from starvation.


Goofs

After submerging in the Atlantic, the captain said the airplane is "Pressurized". While some might think otherwise, it is possible for a submerged plane could retain air for a period of time. It should be noted that when at altitude, a pressurized airliner maintains internal air pressure that is considerably higher than the outside air. When underwater, the situation is reversed. Because of this, even a perfectly intact airliner would certainly have leaks. As the plane in this situation is only perhaps 100 feet below the surface, the water pressure is 44 pounds per square inch. At cruising altitude the internal pressure is maintained at about 12 pounds per square inch, with is equal to an altitude of 6,000 feet.


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".


Alternate Versions

Versions seen on UK television omit the scene where Lee Grant looks out the window of the plane and sees her husband Martin Wallace (Christopher Lee), floating dead in the water.


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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Composed and sung by
Tom Sullivan

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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